“But what is this all-important ‘Harajuku Moment’? It’s an epiphany that turns nice-to-have into must-have.”
Timothy Ferriss, The Four Hour Body
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the moment that starts us down the path of change. In his book, The Four Hour Body, Tim Ferriss refers to this as the
“Harajuku moment” and outlines the story of Chad Fowler’s realization he was ready to change. Shopping with friends in Harajuku, Fowler found himself uttering these words “For me, it doesn’t even matter what I wear; I’m not going to look good anyway.” Hearing himself say these words out loud shook something loose. He realized how successful he was in other areas of his life and that there were “bad roots”, as he puts it, like his self image that were holding him back. In this moment, he dedicated himself to pulling out these roots and filling in the holes to make himself a more complete person.
Similarly, my wonderful friend the Mrs. over at Success Along the Weigh recounts her moment here. It was a medical scare with her husband, the Mr. After a visit to urgent care, the doctors found a spot of his liver. That evening they watched a special on TLC called “I Can Make You Thin”. They took the simple principles listed in the show and immediately started putting them into practice. Later they found out that the spot on the Mr’s liver was “fatty liver” which could have turned into an issue, if he didn’t lose weight. Since then they’ve lost nearly 400 pounds between them!
You can read my own story here. Running the Chicago marathon released something incredible in me. But the moment that started me down that path came much earlier that year, when one night on the couch fighting insomnia, I realized how unhappy I was and decided to take control of my life. I had known for a long time that something just wasn’t right, but it took that “Harajuku moment” to help me see just how bad things had gotten. At that moment, the pain of the change was less than the pain of staying the same.
This is really where change happens. As Tim Ferris notes, before that point the change is something that would be nice to have happen. It’s something we aspire to and will get around to. After we have a Harajuku moment it becomes something we can’t live without. We can’t ignore or delay any longer. And while all three of the examples I list here are around physical appearance, it works the same with everything from profession to finances to relationships.
I think that taking an honest look at ourselves can help to create that moment. To that end, there are many tools out there to help with this reflection like this career focused, one-page “cheat sheet” from itstartswith.com (via The Art of Non-Conformity).
Have you had your own Harajuku moment? What caused it?
Make it a great week all!!!
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