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Change the World

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When you exercise and eat right, you feel better. When you feel better, you're able to do more. When you do more, you usually end up doing it with other people.

This lifestyle shift gives us the energy to be better people. We become people who participate, share, communicate, and build a community as opposed to isolators, who have nothing to share because they don't do anything.

Everyone on the Beachbody® Message Boards has one thing in common . . . the desire to improve their lives. Anyone willing to explore the full Beachbody experience is given the opportunity to participate in something truly unique. Choosing to help yourself can change and save the lives of others. I've seen it thousands of times already. These boards allow us to plant seeds of change that affect much more than our own weight loss and improved fitness. The moment we decide to commit to P90X® and start to tell our stories, we create a shift in energy so powerful that it has the potential to change the world.

Some of you may think I'm nuts (well, most of you), but stay with me on this. If you'd never found P90X, or perhaps just never followed through with it, then you'd be right back where you've always been—in the sad land of what-ifs and wannabes. When we're in a state of panic, fear, sadness, or depression (as a result of our choices in life), the folks around us aren't too thrilled either.

The opposite of that is to be kind, wise, loving, self-reliant, hardworking, and disciplined. The only difference between these diametric states is CHOICE. Before P90X, many of you found yourselves lost, overwhelmed, sick, and tired. Shortly after you started the program (even before you saw any real physical change), something remarkable started to happen. You felt better.

When you feel good, you act very differently than when you feel bad. The people around you don't have to be told what kind of mood you're in. Your actions will have enough energy to affect everyone you come in contact with. You become what you eat and what you do! If you eat junk and do nothing about your life, your friends and family will either sink with you or abandon ship. That's not a very powerful or productive way to live. If you choose to devote your time and energy to this program with wisdom and courage, you become a beacon of energy so powerful, you could change the lives of thousands of people.

I believe you have a choice to go through this program for three different reasons, each one dramatically more powerful than the next: 1) To Feel Good; 2) To Be Good; and 3) To Do Good.

  1. To Feel Good about our health and our appearance affects our state of mind. The reason so many people reach for cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, food, and sex is because for a short while they'll feel good and alter their state of mind. The problem with this behavior is that people end up trying to solve long-term problems with short-term pleasures. This can also be the long-term flaw for people who approach P90X with just the singular desire to look and feel better. It's the same flawed approach to any workout program. I know plenty of people who've stayed in shape for the sole purpose of looking and feeling good. If feeling and looking good are the ONLY reasons you're doing this program, be aware that you might have some success in the short term but might not be able to sustain it long term.

  2. To Be Good is a different approach because it focuses on ways to maintain this NEW healthy lifestyle. People who want to Be Good search for mantras, affirmations, and other techniques to keep the ball rolling. The vain and aesthetic aspects of exercise don't play as much of a role either. The one downfall to the Be Good philosophy is that you end up focusing just as much on not being bad! I know tons of people who have piles of dogma relating to maintaining their health, but they fall in and out of shape more often than night turns to day. It's like the God-fearing man who quotes the Bible but can't stop sinning. I'll be good . . . I'll be good . . . I'll be good . . . Ooops, I'm bad. The Be Good state of mind works very well for some, but to achieve the greatest selfless level of all you must Do Good.

  3. To Do Good is about taking the focus off yourself and beginning to put the focus on people who need your help. The gift of giving is the greatest gift to receive. The people I know who practice this on a daily basis are the most well-rounded, content, empathetic, wise, and happy people I've ever met. It's also important to recognize when friends and family aren't ready to change. The worst kind of advice to give is the kind that was never asked for. It's said that about 3 percent of the people on Earth live in bliss. What the hell are the other 97 percent of us doing? We're spending too much time on ME, ME, ME!

    I honestly believe that the key to success with P90X comes to people who figure out that when you share your experience, your wisdom, your love, and your truth, you begin to know what it's like to live in that 3 percent. The Message Boards, chat rooms, and Coaches' threads can be a precious commodity where we're given the opportunity to share everything about our journey with people going through the same thing.

Find what you love. Do it. And share it with others. Welcome to bliss!

Peace,
Tony H.

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