Commitment Means No Turning Back…
Everything we want to be, do or have in life all boils down to our choices. It’s our decision, and we are responsible for making the correct choices in our life.
Scary, right? Join the crowd. Well, losing weight takes commitment and life style change.
So if you really want to drop those pounds — how do you do it, how do you start? How do you make sure that your choice is the right choice for you? How many pounds do you want to lose? Why do you want to lose them?
You make that decision and there’s no turning back. Simple? Yes?
You make the decision, and commit to it’s completion. All greatness started with a decision and a commitment to make the decision right. Then, take action on your commitment immediately.
I mean, start right away. Never leave the sight of a decision without taking some action right then. Small actions are OK. Just get started… You need to build momentum that will carry you forward.
How do you make sure that you do not have to switch paths later on and have to start over from square one? Lifestyle choices are always a grab bag, you never know how it feels until you get right into it.
There is no hard and fast rule on that, it’s a personal thing. Besides, following your own path sometimes creates challenges and switchbacks. That is all a part of life’s journey.
Condition your thoughts for what you want to happen.
Not just a fuzzy daydream, but a full pledged, honest-to-goodness, day-by-day kind of visualizing. and it sometimes takes a bit of practice. And, you will feel funny the first few times if you have never tried it…
You may have a bigger goal that losing some weight will help you achieve. Your end goal might be to become a successful manager of a large corporation. So you want to drop twenty pounds and boost your energy. Look good, feel good, energy to burn on your new profession.
Envision yourself dressing up in sleek power suits, going to your corner office with a view, getting pats on the back for excellent work, speaking at conferences, etc. Feel exactly how that would be for you to create that in your life.
Find a role model to imitate, somebody already successful. Do you know someone who has already lost some weight and kept it off? I would suggest that you do. Weight loss is a common goal within our society.
By doing this, you will have someone to look up to, consult with, and model. It also helps you focus on your goal and how great it is to be alive and at a healthy weight.
Remember, your mind is your most powerful ally. If you aim on dropping down to your goal weight, and you think about it all the time, your mind will show you how to get it.
Whether the solution is for you to exercise more, or eat less, or eat differently, your mind will direct you to the perfect strategy for you to take as long as you don’t lose focus.
Many people use affirmations, mantras, physical reminders, diaries and whatever works that can remind them about their goal. Getting another person or a support group to remind you, is also effective!
The important thing is to keep focusing on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Focus on how you are feeling when you are making progress. Think about and envision how healthy you will look when your weight is right for you.
Your mind can only hold one thought at a time, make it the thought that empowers you.
If you keep on telling yourself ‘no, I can’t do it’ then you really won’t be able to. There will be tons of excuses that you can imagine and fall back on. While you are thinking negative, the positive solutions will elude you.
When you are thinking about all of those foods that got you into this situation in the first place, focus on how you absolutely do not want them any more. Not on how you crave them… That will get you into weight loss trouble.
How easy and convenient it is to just come up with excuses instead of aiming for something better. Excuses are easy, that’s the trap. Living with yourself after using the excuses, that’s hard.
So, use the power of your brain – negative or positive thoughts will influence who and what you are. Negative thoughts can jump in there, but you have the power over how long they influence you. Switch over to positive when you feel yourself drifting off target.
Look around and observe people – some walk around with an upbeat attitude and some people look like prophets of doom. Which ones are the more successful?
Generally speaking, don’t you notice that the upbeat people are the ones who are successful and happy? The positive thinkers are usually more active, joyful, and passionate. I’ve read that they even live longer.
So, what do you want to do? Do you want to act on stage, write horror books, or climb Everest? Losing weight and getting healthy can be the first step in a life of significance. Do you want to make a difference?
Whatever you want, it is your choice to do it or not to do it.
You just have to like the quote from the Star Wars’ character called Yoda, — “Do, or do not. There is no try.”
There are no excuses for quitting on yourself. Make the decision that you will be the best darn ‘you’ that you can be.
Think hard, make a plan, take action. And take the next step to your new lifestyle and go for it!