I’ll never forget the question that he asked: “What do most Europeans talk about when they go back home after visiting the USA?”
- A) The Grand Canyon,
- B) The Statue of Liberty,
- C) Mount Rushmore, or
- D) The Balloon People? And by Balloon People, he meant, the people that looked like balloons.
Of course, you probably guessed that the answer is, D) the Balloon People (66% OF AMERICANS ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE).
I did not want to be one of the Balloon People!!!
In his book, Arnot challenged his readers to, “look, feel, and act like an athlete in a sport you grow to love.” There it was! I saw a challenge that could turn back the clock in my life.
I remember lounging in my bed one Sunday morning in 1996, reading this book. Envisioning myself as an athlete, I became excited.
For these past twenty-plus years, I have been acting like an athlete. I have hiked to the top of some of the highest mountains in the continental United States (Mt Bierstadt on my 60th birthday). I have done solo backpacking trips through the Grand Canyon, ridden my bicycle across the state of Indiana in one day, and have run many half-marathons and 3 marathons. Of course, I surrounded myself with like-minded people, but it was the shift in my thinking that sparked this change in my like.
How does the saying go….”act as if?” I began acting as if I was an athlete and I continue to do so today. I hope you too pick up the book and get inspired!
Mark K. Neese, LCSW, BCBA
True North Counseling
Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own funds and no expectations from the author and/or publisher for a positive review.