I’ll admit it: I’m slightly obsessed with “makeover my life/business/family/home” reality shows. I’ve watched many of them over the years, and while they vary widely in presentation, they’re all the same when you take them down to bare bones.
On the nanny shows, usually the parents aren’t doing what they need to do to properly discipline their kids and that’s why they’re having issues. On the dog training shows, the pet owners aren’t doing what they need to do to properly discipline and train their dogs. On the home makeover shows, they’re usually stuck in the past and/or not getting rid of stuff when they bring in the new and/or need some organizational skills. On the business makeover shows, they’re typically not paying enough attention to the business and there is a mutual disrespect between owners and staff. On the body makeover shows they’re typically eating too much and not moving enough. You get the idea.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that nine times out of ten, the solutions are right there under the noses of the subjects in question, and nearly always there is a person (or people) close to the subjects who know the exact source of the problems…yet a “professional” is called in to facilitate change. The truth is, most people find it a lot easier to listen to someone with whom they’re not emotionally connected.
Another truth is, most people who need some type of life improvement aren’t going to get selected for a reality makeover show–even though there are seemingly thousands of show opportunities.
That means one thing: people who are seeking improvement in their lives/businesses/families/homes can do it themselves if they really open up their minds, eyes, and ears and utilize the support they have right in front of them, as hard as that can be. Me too, and you too. Have you ever watched one of these shows and thought, “Wow, I could really use that guy/girl around here to show me what I’m doing wrong”? Try thinking about it differently. The solution–or the people who can assist you with seeing it–are likely on the other end of a phone call, email, or Facebook message. Help them help you to help yourself, and you’ll get those changes made!
In the meantime, help yourself to a few makeover reality shows on Netflix! Here’s a list to get you started:
Restaurant: Impossible Collection
Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas
Love It Or List It Collection
And as an added bonus that I’m throwing at you from left field, watch “Jerry Maguire” because while it’s not a reality show, it’s a great example of listening to those who are in our circle, in order to inspire change:
More Netflix #StreamTeam viewing tips next month!
Alexandra @ My Urban Family
I love Kitchen Nightmares! I flew through that show and now I wish there were more episodes!