He was the King of Beasts; and as such, he was expected to be courageous—fearless and powerful. But this King of Beasts lacked bravery. He told Dorothy that he was very fearful and that he wanted to find courage. So, he teamed up with Dorothy who wanted to go home to Kansas, Scarecrow who wanted a brain, and Tin Man a heart. Together they journeyed to Emerald City where they believed the great OZ would give them their heart’s desires. Only this adventure proved a journey of self-discovery for each of the characters.
For as the Cowardly Lion continued on his travel to the magical Emerald City to get his badge of courage, he reacted to scary situations with tremendous bravery often without thinking or deliberating about what to do. He just did!
It is interesting to me that I often hear clients say they are afraid, even when it comes to losing weight. They have failed too many times to try again. Their fear is so ingrained in their psyches that they stay fearful, shameful, and reluctant to face the very fear of failure that holds them from achieving their dream.
Looking fear in the face and doing what you are terrified of doing in spite of past mistakes or failures teaches us courage, strength, and resilience.
Let me suggest that you act in the face of fear with excitement and anticipation for something wonderful to happen. Don’t wait for someone or something you think holds magic or power to change you or your thoughts. There is courage and strength within each of us—we just have to find it—just like the Cowardly Lion. He had the strength and courage within him—no magical wizard could give him that valor.
You, too, have the courage and strength to do what you need to lose weight. There is no magic in that; the magic lies within YOU! So, wave your magic wand and enjoy the process.