Do you think Tom Venuto (pictured above) is in shape because he thinks and acts that way? Or… do you think he thinks and acts that way because he’s fit?
Maybe you’ve heard of the [tag-tec]law of attraction[/tag-tec]? I’m thinking that unless you change the way you act and think, you’ll always be the person you are and no diets, pills, powders or weight loss scams or weight gainers will change that fact.
Is losing weight or gaining muscle as simply as changing your thinking?
It could be and here’s something to think about.
People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. – James Allen
Before you brush this off as mind games, ask your self if the guy above is fit because he acts and thinks that way or he’s a fitness fanatic because he’s in shape?
To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract. – Jim Rohn
Just imagine what you’d be like if your daily routine included the following:
* a lot of outdoor activity.
* riding a bike
* walking instead of driving for short distances
* small, frequent meals
* stopped eating the minute you felt full
* friends who were doing the same things
By 2010, 75% of Americans are predicted to be overweight! That’s a number I’m not comfortable with and I’m not willing to accept.
On one hand, I’m very encouraged by the number of people exercising today. There are more people exercising than I’ve ever seen before. On the other hand, there are more fat people today than ever before in our nation’s history. Our message isn’t reaching as many people as it needs to. – Jack LaLanne
If you are staring to wonder if you must change your thinking and your actions in order to be successful at any weight loss or fitness program, you are on track.
[tag-tec]Rob Kottenbrock[/tag-tec], who lost an incredible amount of weight, never acted slim until a day came along that completely changed his life. He grew up with bad memories of being tormented about his weight and not so great experiences with gym professionals. Like many people, he was frustrated, uncertain of what to do until a fate full day came along that altered his path.
Without a very powerful and personal reason why, it’s very difficult for someone to lose weight. There needs to be a desire, deep down that is more powerful than anything else. Losing weight is a very slow, steady and difficult process. Every day one is faced with thousands of choices that can lead to success or failure. Without a deep, burning desire fueling those choices, it’s very difficult to succeed.- Rob Kottenbrock’s Weight Loss Story
Hitting what’s sometimes called “rock bottom” is indeed a serious and powerful event that can literally change how you think and act.
How many people are on a diet today who don’t stand a chance of losing (and keeping it off) any weight because they’re still the same person who gained all that weight to start with. Let me repeat that again so you will grasp how important this is: Slim people don’t think and act the way they do because they are slim. They’re slim because they think and act that way. (Quote taken from an e-mail from a friend).
If you are overweight today or underweight, it doesn’t matter, start thinking and acting like the person you want to be. Without getting too involved in the process, if you change the way you think, you’ll start to act and when you start to take action, you will become.
Many wise teachers have said “act as if.” If you “act as if” you’re slim enough for long enough, then one day you will attract slimness even thought you may be overweight today.
“Act like the person you want to become.” – Bob Proctor
Goethe, a German philosopher said, “Before you can do something, you first must be something.”
Even the guy in the picture above had something to say about his own level of fitness in an article he wrote using a well known but little practiced technique of visualization.
“Understanding the mind’s role in motivation and behavior is one of the most critical elements in physical fitness success. If you struggle with changing habits and behaviors or if you can’t get motivated, then even the best training and nutrition program is not much help.” – Excerpt from Tom Ventuo’s The New Visualization Breakthrough: Mental Training Tactics For Health And Fitness Success
If you read the article, pay close attention to what [tag-tec]Dr. Richard Restak[/tag-tec], a neuroscientist who wrote 12 books about the human brain found out about visualization. He’ll put to rest that this stuff is cheesy or unscientific.
Not so long ago, I received this e-mail from a podcast fan. Here’s somebody who’s not a scientist, but who lost an incredible amount of weight, once again confirming that changing your thinking and believing in yourself is the key to taking action.
The key is belief. I did not and could not believe that I could be fit because I never had been. All of my self images were of a fat kid, chubby teen and a plump adult. So I had to borrow your belief in me. When my head said you won’t be able do this, I told my self ‘Marc said anybody can do this’. When I didn’t see progress, I’d listen to you podcast and remember this doesn’t mean I’m about to fail this just means I need to change something. The heart of the matter is that your actions will be based on your beliefs. – Jennifer Thomas
I had to re-read this again: The heart of the matter is that your actions will be based on your beliefs.
Let me ask you…. what do you believe?
Do you think [tag-tec]Tom Venuto[/tag-tec] is in shape because he thinks and acts that way? Or… do you think he thinks and acts that way because he’s fit?