Yesterday you were a fatso or a skinny boy. Yesterday you couldn’t do 10 pushups. Yesterday you sat in your bedroom and read comic books about super-heroes or played video games and pretended you were the character. Yesterday you were invisible. Yesterday you dressed like a slob, you dressed the way you felt on the inside. Yesterday you were disgusted when you took your shirt off. Yesterday evening you had a thought.
You thought I am going to change. The thought hit you so hard that you stayed awake all night, there were too many thoughts and plans in your head. You’ll sleep when your dead, you thought. You made a plan. Something inside your brain finally clicked and you realized that this is all of your making, and you can change it if you wish. You can metamorphosize like the caterpillar metamorphosizes into the butterfly.
Today you got up as the sun was rising. Maybe the first time you ever did it. You had a shower. You shaved your face. You went and got a haircut. Then you went directly to the gym and you bought a membership. The salesman said they could give you two weeks free to try it out and see if you like it and you said no. You will be there every day from now on. And you’re a man of your word.
In the locker room before your workout you had a vision, as if the ghost of bodybuilding future came to pay you a visit and show you your future.
This is what you saw.
Your eyes have changed. Now there is a fire behind them that was absent before. Your eyes can now burn a hole into anything they see. You can see more clearly. You can see more clearly because you are only looking at one thing. You see things with tunnel vision, if it is outside the tunnel you don’t see it. It doesn’t even exist for all you care.
Your walk has changed. Your walk now has purpose. It isn’t aimless like so many others. You are at point A but you will get to point B and it doesn’t matter who steps into your way.
Your ears have changed. You have gone partially deaf. You cannot hear discouragement. Discouragement may as well be spoken in Chinese. When they gave you silly advice you mouth sounded out “uh huh” but your ears didn’t even hear.
Your speech has changed. You don’t spend time explaining. You don’t spend time asking permission. You don’t spend time fishing for encouragement. You don’t spend time mouthing excuses. You make statements of purpose and fact.
Your body has changed. You were once weak and soft and now you are strong and hard like the Farnese Hercules.
You have transformed. Now you are a butterfly in a world of caterpillars. And it all started with that small decision.
Your transformation happened because you saw the change clearly in your mind. You visualized every step you took. You knew what was going to happen before it happened. You had a plan. You had a vision. And you followed through with it.
Your friends, family and co-workers all had grand plans. Each of them told you of their plans and each of them gave up before too long. When the going got tough they stopped going.
You never bragged about your plans, you didn’t volunteer information about your metamorphosis and you didn’t care if others understood or didn’t understand. You just did. This is your fire and it never needed to be shared or explained.
The ghost of bodybuilding past left you, you woke up from the daydream and said this to yourself:
Yes I will change. Yes I will do this. I will start right now.
Easy as 1, 2, 3.