Love the Amazing Race, Real World vs. Road Rules, The Mole.
One of my absolute favorites is The Biggest Loser, where people compete to lose weight.
The Biggest Loser shows what’s possible if you give a goal your complete focus.
It shows what you can accomplish if you can get past their preconceived notions of how their lives are “supposed” to be.
It proves that if you can change your mindset and put in the necessary work, you can achieve just about anything.
But a “Biggest Loser” approach isn’t the only way
I have a friend who’s lost over 130 lbs. over the past year or so.
He hasn’t done it in the Biggest Loser manner – no celebrity trainers, no pre-stocked kitchen, no place to escape the distractions of daily life. He’s made it happen day by day and week by week while he has a day job.
Exercising every day. Watching what he eats at just about every meal.
Over past year, a couple pounds have come off every week. No huge drops, but little, consistent losses have added up to a huge result.
There are a couple things we can learn from these different approaches:
Big achievements can happen a small step at a time.
While most people look for the big jumps in progress, and are most motivated by the big jumps, it’s important to know that most goals are achieved step by step. My friend’s path to a huge weight loss is much more common than the few people who have made it happen on the Biggest Loser.
Change requires a consistent approach.
Both of these paths took time and consistency. Move toward your goals every single day, and at some point you’ll get there.
Change is about action.
Everyone who wants to lose weight knows what to do to make it happen – exercise and healthy eating.
The difference between the people losing the weight and everyone else (myself included…) is that those who lost the weight took action.
For the most part you know what you should be doing. Do it!
What small things can you do today (or every day) to move you closer to your goals? What’s holding you back from doing them? Let me know in the comments!