To 100

When I was a boy, a hundred of anything seemed terrific. Unreal. My Great Grandpa Smith turned 100 and I remember admiring his grace (and wrinkles) and wondering, "How in the world did he get that old?" I did the math…"that means he was born in 1872!" My Grandma Lamm turned 100 (I was in my mid 30s myself) and it seemed an even more monumental milestone moment. She described the shifted landscape she witnessed over those 100 revolutionary years.

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When I was a boy, a hundred of anything seemed terrific. Unreal. My Great Grandpa Smith turned 100 and I remember admiring his grace (and wrinkles) and wondering, "How in the world did he get that old?" I did the math…"that means he was born in 1872!" My Grandma Lamm turned 100 (I was in my mid 30s myself) and it seemed an even more monumental milestone moment. She described the shifted landscape she witnessed over those 100 revolutionary years.


In 2002 when I said YES to a group of friends trying to help me kick a deadly alcohol and drug addiction, I was introduced to the phrase "One Day at a Time" as a way to begin something unfathomable without getting overwhelmed by the process. As with anything, consistent practice breeds results that are incomparable with the inconsistent effort. So started a trek to 100 for me back then to do something incredible, one day at a time.  

I stayed clean and sober from a before picture that was deeply addicted. Anything so different and new, on such a grand scale, takes some doing to get right. While I got it mostly right (I did not drink or drug) I did a lot of things that were hard and good and rich in terms of learning and growing and experiencing life in all its' sometimes gory glory. The second week of May 2003, I turned 100 days new. I was completely amazed, and absolutely stressed out.


Over time, my mind cleared and the body bounced back. My skin cleared up while my liver and kidney's healed with time. My lungs worked with a vitality the smoker I was before could not have realized. My outlook shifted, and more than anything, the things I learned came from the challenges, not the easy stuff. 100 of anything is seriously something.


So Mehmet, to your 100th "Dr. Oz Show," I salute you!

I've watched from the sidelines you practice with consistency this new thing: blending a daily TV show with your other life of saving lives (oh that!). Your work inspires and it is changing lives to:


1. Understand the User's Manual that many of us have trouble getting our hand's on

2. Get inspired to begin change that result in a better, happier, freer life

I want to boil down what I've learned over the past seven years in one sentence for your 100th show, Dr. Oz:

SOMETHING NEW, PRACTICED WITH CONSISTENCY AND SUPPORT WILL LIKELY STICK.

To change! And to all of us reaching 100 - in whatever shape or size that comes to life.

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I teach an online Invitation2Change Intervention Training on Tuesday nights (three weeks long, about five hours total) showing folks how to help a loved one begin change. The next one begins March 2. I hope you’ll join me, and let me show you how to help someone you love begin loving change: www.BradLamm.com.

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Brad Lamm is a Board-Registered Interventionist and has been helping others begin change for years using his unique method of...