Even though I’ve been focusing on Joy, this week the word believe is what kept coming up. I noticed it in several articles about goal setting. Each one mentioned that believing your goal is achievable is critical. Whether or not you know how you are going to get there, you have to believe it is possible. You have to believe in the person you will be at the end of the process. Sometimes it’s the hardest part.
I caught an episode of The Biggest Loser this week. I know there is plenty of controversy about the show and its methodologies, we don’t need to get into that here, but for many I think it opens the door to the idea this kind of weight loss is possible. I know for me, it made me think I had a chance. Even though I wasn’t going to be able to stop my life and take things to the extreme, maybe it would be possible for me to take off this weight with just diet and exercise. I was beginning to wonder.
I’ll never forget the day a friend asked if I had considered weight loss surgery. I was shocked. In my mind, surgery was only an option for people who needed to lose so much more than I did. Watching this show allowed me to believe this kind of major transformation might be possible. This episode was the week where each contestant had to put back on the amount of weight they had taken off. I think about that a lot. Sometimes I wish I could got back just for a day to remember what it felt like. When I pick up a weight at the gym, it seems crazy to think I used to carry all of this around on a daily basis. It seems like maintaining it might be a little easier if I could truly remember what that felt like.
The idea of belief came up again in a Bible study I am doing on Joshua. The first few sessions dealt with Moses and the folks who were not going to reach the promised land because of their lack of belief. They did not believe in the promises God had made to them. Their doubt and grumbling ultimately meant they missed out on the blessing which was reserved for their children. How often do you doubt God’s plan? Question what He might be waiting to do in your life?
You’ve heard my take on this before. It’s one of those things that comes up over and over because it is such a critical part of the process. Do you believe transformation is possible? If not, what do you need to do to change your belief? What systems can you put in place to remind you to believe in your potential again?
First you believe… in the opportunity, in the blessing, in the possibility.
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