#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.