Transformation That Changes Your Life

by Carol Hess on February 27, 2012

There’s no do-over when it comes to life. You only get one chance to do it right. I don’t believe there’s anything worse than coming to the end of your life and realizing you’ve blown it. You haven’t created the life you dreamed about. You haven’t become the person you wanted to be. And now you never will.

Settling for Second Best

It’s an awful, awful feeling. I know because I’ve been there. I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, and my prognosis was poor. That’s when I realized I had settled for a second or maybe even twentieth-best life. Work that didn’t inspire me or pay me what I was worth. Relationships that left a great deal to be desired. A life devoid of passions and dreams.

Why? Why had I created such a less-than life? Why had I been willing to settle for so little? Because I didn’t believe I deserved better. Because I didn’t believe I was capable of creating more. And why did I hold such self-limiting beliefs? Because I viewed everything through a warped filter called “My Weight.” Because I was fat, I had stood on the sidelines instead of participating in life.

A Second Chance

Now, thanks to cancer, I wasn’t going to get a chance to do anything about it. My time was up. Except it wasn’t. I got very, very lucky and received a reprieve. I’m alive and cancer-free today. I’ve been given a second chance at life. And I’m taking it!

I just started my own business, Star Polisher – dedicated to empowering the overweight woman (including me!) to live life to the fullest, no matter what we weigh. I’m pursuing one of my greatest passions by writing my first book, The Fat Lady Sings. (You can subscribe to the mailing list over there to the right.) And, for the first time ever, I have a dream – a really big and beautiful dream that lights me up and gives me direction and purpose.

No More Hiding Behind Weight

I’m never going to settle for second (or twentieth) best again because of a number on a scale. You’re never going to catch me hiding behind my weight again and not allowing myself to shine. Life is way, way too short and precious.

Will I have my less than full steam ahead days? Sure. Do I still want to lose weight? Absolutely. And I will. But my weight loss has to start with what’s going on between my ears and in my heart – not what’s going on between my lips and in my mouth.

The Real Kind of Transformation

Transformation – the real kind that sticks around and changes lives – starts on the inside and works its way out. Not the other way around.

Yes, it’s true. There are no do-overs in life. But there are do-differents. What’s the do-different going on in your life today? Share it with us in the comments below.

by Carol Hess


Categories Fat Lady Sings Book, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

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avatar Daniel February 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Damn, you are inspiring.


avatar Carol Hess February 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

That’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received, Daniel. Thank you.


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