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#504: Are You Satisfied Being a Wannabe?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Too often, in too many aspects of life, too many people settle for being a wannabe. They are too scared to try, too afraid of succeeding, too hesitant about moving out of their comfort zone.

This was made clear today in, of all places, a writer's critique group, Word Weavers of Orlando, where most members are published writers.

In a previous writer's group, members were satisfied coming to weekly meetings, reading something they'd written and listening to feedback. That's all and good but when questioned about their attempts to actually sell their work and get published their response was a gnashing of teeth and heads turned away. Their lukewarm response showed their satisfaction being wannabe writers, not professional ones who have their work published and who earn money from their words.

They settled for not fulfilling their potential because it would have taken them out of their cocoon, their zone of comfort. Oh, some talked a great game but they did not step up to do what they needed to do to become an actual "writer."

How does this relate to our weight loss efforts?

Just this: There comes a time when we need to take our efforts to a new level or to admit we are nothing more than wannabe weight loss people.

How many SP members' profiles show they have been members for years yet their weight loss trackers never move downward or whose status updates never show increases in fitness minutes?

They are in their comfort zones of blogging occasionally, posting and replying in their groups but never become serious about actually losing weight.

So, let's be honest with ourselves. Are we satisfied with being a wannabe with our weight loss or are we willing to step forward and do what needs to be done to move out of our comfort zones into a new arena of happiness and success?

There is nothing inherently wrong with being a wannabe as long as we admit to ourselves and others that is all we strive for.

I have to believe, though, that many people are selling themselves short. Just as there were a few truly talented writers in that previous group, there are some serious members here on SP and elsewhere.

But simply being serious, without taking action, does not move anyone from the wannabe status.

And it never will.

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    I still need to lose 10-15 stubborn pounds all in my gut. I exercise and all daily. I need to watch what I eat more.

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    3485 days ago
    I agree. That's why honesty is baked into one of my three weightloss goals: Track food honestly and completely.
    I don't wanna be that girl that doesn't move the needle.
    3486 days ago
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    OUCH-- ya got me! I have a few dreams but I am not moving toward them. That cocooning, contented nest is where I am.

    TIme to MOVE it.

    3486 days ago
    You're right.... we MUST put our actions behind our desires! Thanks for this excellent blog. Love ya, Dawn emoticon
    3486 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    For too many years I was a wannabe - since finding SP I am becoming a "can and will be."
    3486 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    You are right. I no longer want to be a wannabe. My Sparkpage need to start reflecting this desire.
    3487 days ago
    Great advice!
    3487 days ago
    I've thought about this, in a way, this summer. I have been rather annoyed with myself for grumping about why I'm stuck on this particular number so long. I know good and well why I'm stuck on it, but I haven't been willing to put forth the work that it would take to move that dial! My saving grace is, though, that school is starting, and my work routine at the university will return to normal. With that, my regimen will begin anew, and I will begin to see my efforts change that number! No more wannabe for me, Lou! emoticon
    3487 days ago
    Many moons ago I did submit some articles to magazines and they were rejected. Now I write for a company and all my work is published. LOL!

    I agree with your sentiment though. People need to decide if they are really going to do this or just be a lurker. What you put into this program is what you'll get out!

    3487 days ago
    What are the numbers for? That is my first question. Just wondering. I too belong to a writers group and sadly I have no confidence in my writing and so I am a wannabe.

    But my weightloss is a whole different can of worms. I would say I am obsessed. It is do or die for me. So no wannabe here.
    3487 days ago
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