You've got to jump off cliffs, and build your wings on the way down. -Ray Bradbury
You may never have rushed into a burning building to save a child, or sidled out onto a frozen river to drag an elderly woman from icy waters.You probably never had your picture taken with the President of the United States or been awarded any sort of medal of valor.
But you have what it takes to be a hero.
A hero is someone who shows courage. The word courage comes from the same root as the word heart. Heroes are people with heart, people who possess the mental or moral strength to persevere, to face difficulty or fear.
You must be a hero to transform your body, to take control of your habits, cravings, and self-awareness. Most people (myself included) spend years reacting to life, being caught in negative patterns, and feeling frustrated for not accomplishing the things they say they want.
Getting up earlier than usual. Fixing a few tossed salads at a time and storing them in the fridge at home or at work, talking to your spouse when you're angry instead of taking it out on Ben & Jerry... these are all acts of heroism because they require heart.
It takes courage to stay true to a commitment. You have to risk pissing people off and you'll probably have to give up most of your favorite excuses. Be honest with yourself about what you really want, and then have faith in your ability to keep your self-promises. Heck, it takes courage to even make a commitment. You can't navigate your challenges until you recognize that you do have the courage to begin.
Julie Scipioni McKown is a physique transformation champion, certified personal trainer, and award-winning author of the personal growth book,
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