Yesterday I was supposed to take the short train ride to Manhattan, attend the Social Good Summit and see my roommate from college. On top of that, I had gotten the opportunity to attend an event led by Tory Johnson upon the release of her book, The Shift. Having two friends who rave about her genuineness and having seen her speak at different events over the past couple of years, I was so looking forward to having the opportunity to meet her. However, logistics and life got in the way, foiling that coveted opportunity.
I had not read the book yet, knowing myself well enough to wait for the event before getting started. Other people might have done the opposite, but this is how I operate. So, during the time that I would have been at The Shift event, instead I sat down and read the book cover to cover.
From the very first word I was taken by Tory’s raw honesty about her lifelong battle with her weight. I was surprised to find that someone as successful as Tory Johnson could feel as if she did not have it all. Then, when urged to lose weight by a television executive, instead of letting those hurtful words haunt her they became her spark for change.
It was inspiring to find out what my friends had already told me, that she is one of us. So many people have had personal struggles with self-esteem. Though I knew before opening the cover that she had made the Shift, I still found myself rooting for her, chapter after chapter, even getting surprisingly choked up at several points throughout her story. Her words are a candid reminder of the way many of us feel about ourselves, and how we can make a change for the better when we too feel that spark.
The book is not a platform for telling others how to lose weight. This is Tory Johnson sharing her own personal struggle and her path towards success in a way that might inspire others to see that they can do it too. There is one passage that struck me as so incredibly poignant that it bears repeating here. Tory says that, “we have become conditioned to believe that so many things in life are ours for the taking, conveniently ignoring how much time and work is required to accomplish anything significant. Want to get rich? Buy a Powerball ticket. Want to be a superstar? American Idol can make you one. One of the key steps in the Shift is to acknowledge the delusion of quick and easy success. And to realize once and for all that there is no winning Lotto ticket here. There is no instant gratification, just hard work and patience.”
Those words can be spoken for a lot of life’s struggles, from weight loss to parenthood to entrepreneurship. The recipe for success is a combination of commitment, determination and realism. Without one of those key ingredients, long term success will remain elusive.
Congratulations to Tory Johnson for finding the marbles and making the Shift, and for opening herself up to help others so that they may be inspired to do it too. To learn more about The Shift, go to: http://shiftwithtory.com.
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Shift for review and was under no further obligation to write about it or to run a giveaway on my site.
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