All of us have “Sticking Points” in some area(s) of our lives. These are things in our lives that we know are holding us back but we keep doing them anyway. This can be incredibly frustrating. Especially when it comes to being overweight.
It is depressing when you are trying to get dressed and you keep going in and out of your closet trying to find an outfit that does not make you look fat. Then, finally settling for that black one that is supposed to make you look thinner. But do you know what makes you look thinner? Being thinner. Or going shopping for clothes, that is no fun either. The clothes are not the styles you want, don’t make you look the way you want and the process is again depressing.
So, we all know that eating too much and eating the wrong food and drink and not exercising make us overweight, unhappy, unhealthy and depressed. So, why do we keep doing that stupid crap?
It really comes from our associations with pleasure and pain. These are our two great motivators.
When you were young maybe the foods you were given made you feel loved and secure. Ah, Grandmas’s biscuits, sausage and gravy and her many apple pies. What a great time that was. What memories… And when you were a young adult having drinks with your friends. Finally out on your own and feeling a sense of adventure and independence. Maybe falling in love. The hangovers didn’t last long and your metabolism was youthful and faster. You moved more and you were lean.
But these associations have formed habits over the years. Maybe in the past these associations used to be true and they served you. But now those same habits are having a destructive effect. Maybe it is more than your appearance and you are starting to develop lifestyle related risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. And your energy levels are so low, you just feel out of gas. Maybe you are starting to take medications or multiple medications and the risk factors and health costs are stacking up.
If you are in pain, that is great! Pain is the most powerful motivator. We can use that to get you free.
These behaviors are like a string at first. But later they become like a rope. Then over the years, they become like a chain. Almost unbreakable without an effective strategy.
So, how do you break free?
We must first start by understanding and dissecting what the components of a habit are. A habit is formed when three overlapping elements come together.
The first element is knowing what to do – knowledge. The second is developing the skill to repeatedly do it with success – skill. And lastly cultivating the desire to get leverage on yourself so you will have your “want to” – desire. You need this desire. (This is where the pain can be effective.)
Most bad outcomes come from a combinations of bad habits over time. This is absolutely is the case with being overweight or obese.
Why most people fail is they either don’t try (for various reasons, but not trying at all is the ultimate failure) or they put out a huge amount of energy like the Sun, trying to do everything at once. They focus on everything which is the definition of being unfocused.
Instead of dissipating your energy and power everywhere at the same time, a much better approach is to be focused like a powerful laser.
You need to gain the knowledge of the components for fat loss and focus on one maybe two components at a time until you master that habit. Until that habit becomes a part of your nature — who you are — a part of your DNA.
This can be done in as little as two weeks, as long as we stoke your desire and you get leverage on yourself. Then it is time to move on to the next one or two components and focus on those like a laser beam, while still keeping hold of your last habits that are now much easier and can be like an invisible part of your life, like brushing your teeth.
Some of these habits have been ingrained for years. It will take strategy to successfully uproot them and install new ones that will serve you. Habits that will not only make you leaner, but healthier and increase your performance.
It can be done! You can do it! And you can do it NOW!
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I hope you were inspired by this post.
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