You have the power to transform your life
The secret to weight loss mastery is not a cookie-cutter approach that claims to work for everyone. What I have to offer you is an individualized approach that will work for you. This is a program for developing a lifelong commitment to weight loss and good health that will work, because it will be designed by, and for, you. You will become the master of your own destiny.
This book is about much more than just how to lose weight. It’s about changing how you think, and achieving self-mastery – mentally, emotionally, and physically. Leonardo da Vinci, an artistic and scientific virtuoso, once said:
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
With this understanding, Leonardo not only became one of the world’s greatest painters, but also a musi- cian, scientist, architect, engineer, geologist, botanist, and writer. You too have the power to paint the fresco of your own life.
What makes this book truly unique is that you can apply the principles and strategies I’m going to teach you not only to your weight loss goals, but to all your life goals. Thou- sands of my seminar participants and weight loss clients have written to me, saying, “You have not only helped me change my weight, you have helped me change my life.”
You have the ability to direct your own thoughts and behaviors, and produce outstanding results. I will show you how to improve your health and add extra years to your life. But first, you must come to terms with the reality that your weight issues start in the mind. A healthy mind produces a healthy body.
If you have ever failed on a diet, this book is for you. Implement the strategies I will teach you, and you will:
- Lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime
- Control your cravings
- Stop your endless counting of calories, fats, and carbs
- Detoxify your body
- Slow down the aging process
- Increase your energy and motivation
- Create a new way of thinking in all areas of your life
- Gain complete control over yourself once and for all
- Elevate your quality of life
Self-mastery is easier than you may think. Most people have no idea the enormous capacity for change we possess when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives. Scientific research shows that you do have the capacity to break old habits; change your beliefs and perceptions; master new skills; and become a totally new person. Read this book, and you will have all the resources you need at your disposal to master yourself, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I promise you that.
Never doubt the power of your mind
I’ll never forget the day that I suddenly realized I had achieved everything that I had envisioned for myself. As I drove my BMW to one of my weight loss seminars, I was talking on my cell phone to a multi-millionaire who was of- fering me his assistance to help advance my career. I was healthy and fit; in place of that extra sixty-five pounds of unwanted fat protruding over my belt, I could feel my strongabs supporting me with every breath. I no longer needed a quick fix of empty calorie foods to boost my mood. And I was bursting with positive energy.
I drove past the bus stop where, a mere seven years before, I used to catch the bus every day. In those days, I was concerned about having enough money for bus fare or a McDonald’s cheeseburger. I had no real direction, no focus, no sense of identity. The only escape I could find from the emptiness I felt was through food, drugs, or al- cohol. Constantly substituting one addiction for another, I felt scared and alone.
But as I drove by in my BMW that day, I thought about what a huge difference seven years can make. And I realized that all of the challenges in my past had paved the way for the extraordinary way of life that I now enjoyed.
Making changes in beliefs and behaviors
We have all experienced changes that have lasted for only a day, a week, a month, or maybe even a year. But what we are after here is not a short-term fix; our goal is to create change that lasts a lifetime. We are not talk- ing about just making a change in the way you eat, but a change in you as a person; we’re talking about changing the way you think and behave to create a new and more powerful you.
You will stop thinking like a human garbage disposal who constantly overeats, and start thinking like a thin, fit person who makes healthy food and lifestyle choices. Imagine how good a healthy diet will make you feel. You can have that feeling for a lifetime. You will become a person who shapes your own life. You have the power. You have control over all of your choices. You are the painter of your life’s masterpiece. So no more justifications, no more excuses; the time to change is now.
I learned to model people who had already made the changes I wanted to make. What did these successful people have in common? How did they think? What did they believe? How did their beliefs affect their behavior? What did they do differently to create lasting change? Learn to ask good questions. The quality of your questions will determine the quality of your results.
I can ask a person just five questions, and be able to identify the core problems and insecurities that hold them back from success. Then we work together to change those unsupportive beliefs, enabling them to shed their insecuri- ties and their excess weight for the rest of their life.
Later, we will take a tour deep into the subterranean level of the mind, the unconscious, and explore how we can change our lives by changing our deeply rooted beliefs. But first, let’s take a closer look at the core concepts and strategies that you will be using to guide yourself on this journey.
Raise your level of success
If you incorporate the strategies I teach into your life, you will raise your level of success from where you are now to heights you can now only imagine. You will bring the “impossible” into the realm of what’s possible for you. The first step on that journey is to simply make a deci- sion. Once you decide the level of success you want to reach, and define what that looks like for you, you will set in motion all the other wheels that will keep you rolling in the right direction.
The path to raising your level of success is no mysteri- ous “magic bullet”; reinventing your life requires discipline and hard work. Like the samurai, who rose to become the elite warrior class of Japan, you must cultivate discipline. Master yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically, and you will automatically raise your level of success.
What is it going to take for you to create lasting changes in your life? What will truly light that fire within you that will cause you to take control of your mind, your emotions, and your body once and for all? If you are going to create the body, the success, and the life that you have always wanted, you can’t be trying to build that success on a hope or a wish. Each goal must become a “have-to”; something you have to have. In chapter three, we will explore how to find your true source of inspiration. For now, let me just plant the seed in your mind that finding the right motivation is critical to your success.
To raise your level of success, anything you set your mind to must become a “have-to”. You must be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. The only difference between people who achieve their goals and those who don’t is the willingness to do whatever it takes.
How do you know if you’re moving in the right direction? If you’re doing the same things over and over, and achieving total success in your life, keep doing those things! Most of us keep doing the same things we have always done, and expect different results. The excess weight will never come off if you keep doing the same things you have always done. To achieve different results, you need to change what you are doing and how you are doing it. Start doing things dif- ferently and you will be working toward success.
Every day, ask yourself what you are doing differently to raise your level of success. It could be something as simple as getting up an hour earlier in the morning to fit in a workout. If your goal is to create more love and affec- tion in your life, maybe it’s telling ten people you love them today. There are an infinite number of ways to raise your level of success. Become aware of the things that are not bringing you any closer to your goals, and do something different!
Let’s start with thinking differently. A belief is simply a thought that you hold to be one hundred percent true. To
change anything in your life, you must first change your limiting beliefs. Instead of supporting your success, these beliefs hold you back from achieving everything you desire. So start to question your beliefs, and adopt new ones that will serve you on your journey to success.
While we’re on the subject of beliefs, let’s talk about your belief in your own ability to succeed. Do you think that if you have a 99.9% belief in yourself, you can succeed? No! Just one-tenth of a percent of doubt can hold you back. Doubt is insidious; even the tiniest seed of doubt can prevent you from achieving your goals and aspirations. You must create a “without-a-doubt” mindset. Do not doubt yourself; there are enough other people in the world that will do that for you.
There will be no shortage of people on your journey who will tell you that your dream is unachievable. Some will scoff at your claim that you are not only going to lose the excess weight, but keep it off forever. They may say, “You’ve failed in the past. What makes you think you can succeed this time?” Or, “Why bother with another weight loss program when you’ve failed with all the others?” Do any of these dream-killing words sound familiar? Others may not douse your dreams outright; they just may not offer any encouragement.
Often, the reason other people do not support your dreams is that they do not believe that they themselves could do it. When you decide to make a change, when you stretch beyond your “comfort zone”, you challenge their view of reality because they don’t believe in their own ability to succeed. Even those who love us may get uncomfortable with any major changes we make in our lives. Don’t buy into other people’s limiting beliefs! You get to choose which beliefs to adopt; why not choose supportive ones?
Choose to believe in yourself with one hundred percent conviction. Don’t let doubt fueled by past failures creep into your mind. You are learning to do things differently this time. And it all starts with changing the way you think.