Daily Inspiration 5-22-12

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“For things to change,
you’ve got to
change.”

— Jim
Rohn


I
was talking with a friend a day or two ago. He used to suffer with severe back
problems and he was overweight which only added to that issue. He tried so many
external things and even surgery, then rather than seeking any more change from
without, he made a firm decision to change within, and that changed everything
for him.
He
lost a lot of weight, worked out regularly and strengthened his core stomach and
lower back. He stands differently now. He is fit. He is in shape. He has a flat
stomach. He looks 10 years younger though he is 10 years older. It is an amazing
transformation. He exudes confidence and strength and he is an inspiration for
those who would like to consider taking charge of their bodies.
It
has been over a year, maybe two since his change, and it is common for people to
lose a lot of weight and then to gradually gain it back. I’ve done it, I’ve seen
many do it. So, I asked him how he has continued to do it when so many others
have gone back. His answer was telling. He said, “I remember what it was like
before. I don’t ever want to forget it.” He went on to say that “I am only one
Big Mac away from going back to the way it was.” I told him that I totally
related to that because I quit smoking 10 years ago in April and I’m still only
one cigarette away from going back there. I also told him that I totally related
to his first answer about remembering what it was like. I remember the
coughing so it keeps me on the path.
I
asked him how often he goes to the gym and he said that he went every day for a
time, and now averages about 4 days a week. His routine of going to the gym is
so much a part of his life now that it is his new life. Whereas before, maybe he
was on the couch with the remote, and now he is at the gym.
He
is the embodiment of Jim Rohn’s message. For things to change, you are the one
that needs to change. It isn’t the thing or the circumstance or the environment
or the situation. Those are all external indications of an inward thought
pattern. The real change must be us. Once we change, all the rest will change
along with it. He has a whole new lifestyle now, and it is a healthy style that
radiates from him for all to see.

“As Above, So Below. As Within, So Without.”
— The Emerald Tablet, circa 3000 BC

 
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