"When was the last time that you accomplished something huge?"
That's an easy question for Helen Phillips.
Last month Helen wowed the world with her dramatic transformation on the NBC show The Biggest Loser. At 48 years of age she is the oldest contestant to win the weight loss competition, shedding 140 pounds and 54.7% of her body weight.
I'd call losing more than half of your body weight a huge accomplishment - wouldn't you?
The crazy part is that Helen was clearly the underdog. She was simply too old and too fat to win. At least that was what the other contestants thought.
And that's what Helen thought too.
"I never believed in myself in the beginning," she admits. However when a doctor told her that she was living in the body of a 60 year old woman, Helen got serious.
"I'm tired of doubting myself," she decided and something inside of her head clicked into place. "The minute I started doing that, things changed for me."
And, oh, how she changed.
Helen buckled down and made losing weight her only focus. Her hard work paid off, giving her the prized title of the Biggest Loser.
She accomplished something huge and now her life is vastly improved. "I feel so good! I feel like I can do anything," she told reporters with a huge smile.
Helen also had a message for you. "If I can do it, you can do it."
I have to agree with her.
If a 48 year old, 257 pound woman can transform her body from a size 22 to a size 2, then anyone really can do it. Think for a moment of that huge accomplishment that you haven't made. Maybe it's a weight loss goal that you've had for years. Maybe it's something completely unrelated to your weight.
What's holding you back?
Are you afraid you'll fail?
The fear of failure is a powerful thing. No one likes to fail, and repeat failure is even worse. So what can you do to conquer it?
> Realize that failure isn't the worst outcome. Not trying is.
> You only fail when you decide to give up. Get up and try again!
Are you afraid you'll succeed?
You may not realize it, but most people fear success. Success means change and change can be scary. It is important that you embrace the idea of success and ditch any negative self talk.
> Close your eyes and picture yourself accomplishing your goal. What will that accomplishment do for your life? List the benefits you'll enjoy.
> Spend a few minutes each day visualizing yourself accomplishing your goal. How great does it feel? Savor those victorious emotions and use them to drive your motivation.
Helen didn't believe in herself, until one day she decided that she was done doubting.
Are you done doubting?
It's your turn to accomplish something huge.