How to get what you want


Today my company is releasing an exciting new weight management program.  Many of us couldn’t be more excited!  I am very excited because as all of you know, I will benefit greatly from the loss of a few pounds!

With that said, I would just like to take this time to address one thing that is on my heart.  Since I was born, I had a nick name that was less than flattering.  As a new born, my father affectionately nick named me “chunker”.

As I grew older, my mother used to tell me that I wasn’t chubby, she said that I was “husky”.  All I know is that I was too big to wear Ger-animals like the other kids and even my clothes had a label on them that said “husky”.

By the time I was in 5th grade, I was labeled as the chubby kid.  Then in 6th grade I grew like a weed.  I was, by all standards, skinny yet my childhood still followed me.  No matter what I looked like, I always thought I was fat.

In high school my friends affectionately nick named me “mush” or “mushy”, mostly in reference to my last name, “Messerschmidt”.  Though I didn’t mind the name, I actually put it on my Letterman’s Jacket, it did make its way to my subconscious mind and regardless of how “in shape” I was, I always thought that I was overweight and well, mushy.

One time as a senior in high school, we had to wear a ridiculous outfit in marching band.  The waistband of the pants literally resided just below my nipples.  I remember two boys in class making fun of me because no matter how skinny I was, those pants were not flattering!

I have spent my life afraid to take my shirt off on a warm summer day, swim at a pool and have avoided the beach like the plague.  The reality is that I have NEVER been comfortable in my own skin, NEVER!

So as I suddenly and unexpectedly enter the weight management business, I would like to remind myself and you of a few things.

  1. The idea of “losing” is not a positive thought.  It is 100% negative.  You do not have weight to lose, you have health to gain.
  2. No matter where it is that you are “starting” from, you are a beautiful soul.  People will love you/me more for the way we make them feel and inspire them than they will for the way that we look.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others.  Be you and celebrate your victories, not matter how big or how small.
  4. Love yourself and just have fun!

In closing I would like to give you this passage from Abraham Hicks.

All is well, and you will never get it done. Life is supposed to be fun. No one is taking score of any kind, and if you will stop taking score so much, you will feel a whole lot better — and as you feel a whole lot better, more of the things that you want right now will flow to you. You will never be in a place where all of the things that you are wanting will be satisfied right now, or then you could be complete — and you never can be. This incomplete place that you stand is the best place that you could be. You are right on track, right on schedule. Everything is unfolding perfectly. All is really well. Have fun. Have fun. Have fun!

—Abraham Hicks


2 responses to “How to get what you want”

  1. Jess Jarecki says :

    Beautiful perspective, Kevin. Thank you for being so open with us.


  2. Mike Rothstein says :

    Great post, Kevin. For some reason, it all comes back to working on the inside! …


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