Often on a diet we loose a lot of weight to begin with and then suddenly we hit a plateau. We’re happy that we lost weight, but we’re not where we want to be. What do we do?
We have a couple of options. We can give up, become defeated and grab a donut. We can settle and convenience ourselves that we’re happy where we are, at least we lost some weight! Or we can examine our diet and exercise plan and see where we can make some adjustments, implement those changes and start loosing weight again.
Examine your life right now. Are you happy? Are you growing and evolving? Are you somewhat content, but not where you want to be? Or are you down right miserable, and not sure what to do about it?
We have choices, but often we resist making the necessary changes. Why do we resist? Change is scary. We worry about making the right decisions. We worry how others will judge us. What if we fail? Or perhaps worse, what if we succeed? Will our family and friends still accept and support us?
I wish I could say that family and friends will always be there for us, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Often the ones we look to for support and guidance, are the ones that want to hold us back the most. They may do it because they want to protect us, or they may do it because they’re afraid of being left behind.
Its difficult to end relationships. We’re either afraid to, or can’t, and its also difficult to go it alone. We need the strength and support of others to keep us motivated, and to encourage us to make the necessary adjustments that will help us live up to our potential.
What can we do? We can surround ourselves with new, positive people. Form a mastermind of people we can trust, who will support us and encourage us. Napoleon Hill, the author of Think And Grow Rich, equates power with a mastermind, which he defined as the “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
What does that mean? That means that we have more power and strength within a group than by ourselves. But, we need to surround ourselves with the right people. We need people who are positive. Who will help us to grow, and will give us encouragement and support, and the benefit of their experience, insights and wisdom, as well as honest feedback.
So I encourage you not to let fear hold you back. Life is too short to settle, or to be miserable. Form your own mastermind. Find and surround yourself with people who believe in you, people who want you to be happy and successful.
If you’re having trouble finding the right people join networking and mastermind groups, get a coach or other professional to support you.
You may also find that once you are happy, growing and moving forward, your old relationships will take care of themselves. You may learn to deal with them better. You or they may move on, or they may even grow with you.
And finally, be the best possible version of yourself that you can be. Enjoy life, it goes by way too quickly! Make time for the things that are important, including yourself. Always strive to learn and grow, and make adjustments as needed!