Transformation is a hot word these days as it relates to weight loss and healthy living. People, including myself, are constantly clamoring to transform their lives in some way. Choosing to try and live a life that is different than the life that we are currently living. There are experts who spend their lives trying to help others transform themselves.
What is transformation, what does it mean to be transformed? According to Merriam-webster.com, transformation is “a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc…” and being transformed is “to change (something) completely and usually in a good way”. Looking at these definitions of transformation and being transformed, this concept is a good thing and should be done by most people. However if this is the case, then why is it so difficult for people to actually do this? Why is it so difficult to transform our bodies or lives into what we want it to be?
Romans 12:2 gives us a hint, it says to “…be transformed by the renewing of the mind” (NIV). If you’re like me you’ve read this verse many times and looked at it only from a spiritual perspective. However I seem to have just had one of those aha moments where I can now see this verse from all areas of my life. For me, one of my biggest battles currently lies in my ability to lose weight. What I am learning is that this is completely a mental battle and has very little to do with my body. I saw a quote the other day that said something to the effect of it being fruitless to want something but to secretly believe that you will fail. I can’t help but agree with this because time and again I will set out to try something only to fail because in my mind, I can’t do this.
If God tells us that we can be transformed by renewing our mind, then we know that we are capable of doing this, it’s just a matter of how. I love watching shows like “Extreme Weight Loss” with Chris Powell and “The Biggest Loser”. On these shows many of the contestants go through the motions of losing weight, but their true transformation does not occur until their mindset changes. Sometimes it is learning to forgive things that happened in their past and figure out how to move forward in the new life that they want to lead. When you see it on the shows, it’s almost like a light switch goes off and the contestants and clients move forward with a renewed intensity.
I’m in the process of reading Chris Powell’s “Choose More, Lose More for Life” and he says that transformation is “your journey toward loving yourself”. I really love this definition because it simplifies it and breaks it down into a meaningful way to look at it. I say meaningful because it is truly what those of us who struggle in the transformation department have to deal with, not loving ourselves enough. Many of us will say that we love ourselves, but our actions show that this is not necessarily true. Chris says that transformation begins when we believe in ourselves, keep our promises to ourselves and fall without failing. I know that in my case, I tend to fail to believe in myself, I’m not great at keeping my promises to myself, and when I fall, I fall all the way. These are things that I am working on to help me on my journey because I firmly believe that when I change my mindset my whole trajectory will change.