I remember when I was about 14 or 15 and I wanted to drive my dad’s jeep (It was a very cool Toyota Landcruiser) but….it was a standard. A 3-on-the-tree standard.
For those that do not know what that is, instead of a 4 speed – it had only 3 gears and the shifter is on the steering week. That is why it is called a 3-on-the-tree. Very awkward to drive.
If you have driven or learned how to drive a standard you know the challenge. I was also really short. The seat had to be all the way forward and it was still hard to press the clutch and use gas and brake.
I was so determined. We had a dirt bike (a Yamaha 50 – I know I was kind of a tom-boy) that I had driven many times so I was itching to get into the Jeep and go 4x4ing. Yes, To me – that was cool!
My dad, an amazing patient man, was the one to teach me. We had 160 acres of land that we had a trailer on at that time and that is where I learned to drive the Jeep.
Where am I going with this? It has to do with being determined, having a positive attitude, learning, being open, taking it one step at a time and never giving up!
I didn’t just get into the Jeep and drive it. No matter how much my dad would explain how to do it…
Pressing in the clutch
Starting the Jeep
Giving it just the right amount of gas
Slowly easing up on the clutch while softly stepping on the gas and then making sure it was in 1st gear
Starting to move forward and then watching the RPM’s to know when to shift to the next gear – making sure I press the clutch and release it perfectly when shifting
He could tell me that over and over again but it was not until I got into the Jeep and tried it myself that I got the feel for it.
I got in, I adjusted the seat and the mirror (no seatbelt at that time).
I had a huge smile on my face and I was ready. Ready to do this and be “cool”. I would be the only girl I knew who had a Jeep and went 4 wheeling – awesome!!
I got comfy, pressed down the clutch, worked on getting it into 1st gear – it made this awful grinding noise as I moved the stick around and around until it finally found a home in 1st.
I placed my right food on the gas and slowly took my left foot off the clutch and….
JOLT!! The jeep jolted forward a couple feet and came to a complete stop - I stalled it!
What had I done? Why didn’t it work?
Wasn’t I doing what I was supposed to do? Was something wrong with the Jeep?
No, it was me. I wasn’t quite ready. I needed to keep practicing, over and over and over and over again. The same few moves until I actually could “FEEL” what I needed to feel to do it successfully. I had to become “one” with the Jeep. It took a step-by-step process.
Sure, I got upset. I got out of it, slammed the door and gave up quite a few times. I cried, I said “I will never be able to do this!” and I called myself and the Jeep – “stupid”. But of course I was only 15 years old.
But whenever we learn something new, it takes us out of our comfort zone.
It requires determination, commitment, patience, practice and a step-by-step process. And never giving up.
IT IS THE SAME FOR EVERYTHING!
This is where mindset comes in when you are changing something in your life – getting on a healthy path, changing your diet, starting a new exercise program, etc. Deciding to end your relationship….anything that requires change.
I can give you the recipes, I can tell you to buy a blender and a food processor. I can tell you what ingredients and foods to buy but ……. does that mean you are going to succeed right away and jump easily into a new lifestyle?
If you have tried to do it – you know what I mean. You soon realize that there is so much more.
You get going, you are using your new blender and food processor, your pantry is stocked full of wonderful food and then in a couple days…….you go back to old eating habits.
In this video I talk about all the things that can get in the way of you making a lasting change and what you can do about them so that you do begin to succeed, so that you do not give up and so you can handle what comes your way.
So now, check out the video!
The Jeep Continued…
Well, I learned to drive the Jeep like an EXPERT! I loved driving it and yes, I went 4 wheeling many, many times during grades 11 and 12 – mostly when I was supposed to be in school.
I felt so totally cool too! I was very, very shy and driving the Jeep made me stand out and gave me more confidence. It was like being part of a special club.
When I drove by other Jeep owners they would wave and be surprised that this little blonde girl was driving their “manly” jeep. It was so funny! Back then – there were not the “pretty” Jeeps like there are now.
I became so good at switching gears and I remember laughing as I would exclaim that I could switch gears, turn a corner and light a cigarette all at the same time! Ha, ha!! Yes, it was the 70′s then.
Those were some good times…..
This video is the last video in this video series “Why you may not be able to release the weight or feel great” but I am going to still continue to do videos.
The next videos will be shorter and on specific topics so stay tuned!
ALSO – PLEASE send me input on what you would like to see video trainings on – I am here to help you lead a healthier, happier lifestyle!
LIVE HAPPY & HEALTHY!
With Love, Diana
P.S. If you know you are sabotaging your efforts but not sure how to stop or if you feel like you need some extra help, encouragement and guidance – contact me and I can help. Just go to: http://rawfoodsmadesimple.com/free-strategy-session