You are a work of art and are constantly creating yourself!
One of many ways to look at the power you have over your own life and everything in it, is that you are a work of art and have control over what you are creating. Let me explain.
Sculptors will spend years to bring out the image they see within the stone. The famous sculpture of David took about 4 years. If it took that long to form something that did not have emotions, resistance, don't you think you owe it to yourself to give you more time than the few months you typically give it? Most people, when they start a workout routine or begin to change their eating habits, give themselves a month to a few months to start seeing a difference with their bodies. This is not to say that you won't see some changes, but the amount of change that most people expect to see is a little overzealous. Be patient with yourself. You are a work in progress.
You are your own work of art; your own sculpture. You can make this sculpture anything you want, you just have to choose what you want and make choices that keep molding you into that person. The difference is, instead of a chisel for sculpting you are using the foods you eat, the exercise you do and the activities you do to accomplish your goals. What do you want to become? I am not talking about what you are now, but what you want to be, what you choose to be. Do you want to be a triathlete? Great! Then start making the choices that a triathlete would make. Do you want to be a top business professional? Okay, then start molding your activities into things that will make that a reality. No one gets to what they want in life by hoping it would happen. You have to be deliberate and mold yourself into the person you want to be to have the life you want.
Use models of the people who have created themselves into the work of art that you would like to be. There are people that leave us blueprints of how to do something. However, keep in mind that you are a different person and in different circumstances, so their path to success may not be the same as yours. You approach things differently. Despite this, you will still see what they did and what you can use in your own life. If you want to be an athlete, then what athlete has achieved what you would like to? Would you like to be a great business man? Then who do you think is a business man that you admire? If you would like to be mother-of-the-year then look at what women have raised amazing children and what they did. It all depends on what you want to accomplish. Many times you will have a mish mash of different things you want to accomplish, which is another reason you will take bits and pieces from other people's success stories instead of mimicking them exactly.
Something to think on.
Next time you are thinking of skipping a workout, eating something you are going to feel guilty about or decide that you would rather do something other than working towards the completion of your goals, say to yourself that "I am a sculpture in progress. What do I want to be?"