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Motivation Through Adversity

Feb 9, 2008
I've struggled with my weight my whole life. As far back as I can remember, I've felt bad about it. I was stuck in a body that wasn't what I wanted, that didn't fit with how I really saw myself and to me, it represented a weakness. Andrew Carnegie once said, "People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents." In my heart and mind, I felt this struggle was keeping me from self mastery and frustrated the heck out of me.

Those of you who have seen my physical transformation in the last year know that I have finally found my motivation. And I'll tell you this: not only have I succeeded in making my body healthier, my entire life is exploding with new passion and new ventures and I no longer have that stuck energy holding me back.

I'm not there yet. I have maybe sixty more pounds to go. However, I'm closer than I have been in decades to the ideal weight. That's a significant step, I'd say.

My turning point came a few years ago when my doctor told me that I was diabetic, had almost died from a diabetic coma and that I would spend the rest of my short life on insulin and pharmaceuticals. I didn't like his prognosis so I simply refused to accept it. I read up on the subject and realized, well, I'm nailing my coffin with the foods I eat and my sedentary lifestyle, so here's what I have to do to change things. One hundred and forty pounds lighter and I'm now the poster child for how to deal with this issue. My doctor now uses me as an example of what you can do if you choose life over cake and pizza.

The first trigger here was that the doctor told me it couldn't be done, basically, and this pissed me off. I told him that no one was going to sentence me to death. I also realized that if I continued on my path, my children wouldn't have a father. I wanted to see them grow up and get married, I wanted to spend a long life with my wife, I wanted to continue to do my work. My physical discomfort and appearance were not enough to snap me out of my carbohydrate/sugar stupor. I found that to shock me out of that, I needed to get really angry. I needed someone to prove wrong, in this case that person was my doctor.

So I got myself a weight loss coach and began to learn all about nutrition. He said to me, 'If I ate as many carbs a day as you do, I'd be on insulin within a month, I'd be big as a house, I'd have one foot in the grave.' He explained to me that the human body simply cannot process that much sugar. Either I had to figure out the right amount of fuel my body needed, or I was going to die.

That was it. I said, 'What do I need to do? How do I solve this issue?" And I realized that I had to start eating protein. Even though I had been pretty much a vegetarian my whole life I made a commitment to eat protein and decrease carbs. I stopped eating prepared foods, fast food and started eating right. I'm by no means perfect and I have other issues that I struggle with all the time. But I'm determined to continue on to overcome all of my challenges. I hope I make it but I'll tell you what, even if I stay where I'm at, that's a hell of a success story.

The desire and willingness to change wasn't enough for me to change. I needed to get angry and be pushed in a corner.

Are you stuck in life? Where do you most need a push? What do you need to finally realize you have wings that will enable you to soar to greatness?

I would love to serve in the same capacity for my students and clients that my doctor and coach did for me. Let's work together to clear out that stagnation.
About the Author
Kenrick Cleveland teaches strategies to earn the business of affluent prospects using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion strategies.
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