So the festive season is over and it won’t be surprising to know that once again some became victims of the much dread yet seemingly inevitable holiday weight gain syndrome. Others, also perhaps, have procrastinated till now to get back on track with their weight loss journey. Either way, we are all setting new goals for 2016 and if you are like most of us you are most likely setting new year weight loss goals as well.
However, sadly enough, research has proven that, for most people, their new year weight loss goals like most other goals are likely to dissipate like cigarette smoke puffed into thin air a month or two into the year. What do others who meet their weight loss goals at the end of the year do differently from those who fail to meet theirs?
In other to maximise your chances of reaching your goals I share with you this proven-to-work weight loss goal achieving techniques recommended by Brian Flatt, author of the 3-week diet system.
Your mind remains the battleground.
You cannot have a positive life with a negative mindset. You have to develop a conviction that your goals will be met. Make conscious efforts to develop the I CAN DO IT mindset.
Make specific goals with realistic deadlines.
It is most likely that even before you read this post you have already made new year weight loss goals and resolved to make them a reality. But then, review your goals critically and make sure they are properly defined. A goal like “lose weight” is too undefined and you likely to get demotivated sooner than later. Rather making a more defined goal such as “I lose X number of lbs” will more likely drive you toward your goal.
Write your weight loss goals in present tense
Writing your goals in the present tense(and professing it) drives it into your subconscious mind so it accepts it as the new order and as such the body has no option than to make efforts to achieve this goal. Write and profess “I lose X number of lbs” or “I weigh X lbs” rather than “I will lose X number of lbs”. An even better strategy will be to stand in front of a mirror and say these goals daily like you mean it.
Focus on the gains and not the loss
The sun rays do not burn unless brought to focus. Be smart and choose to focus on the right things. Refuse to focus on the possible challenges and the difficulties that are likely to show up in the course of your weight loss journey. It doesn’t mean that you will not have any challenges or setbacks but it means you resolve not to give your mind to it. Rather choose to remain focused on your set goals and what you stand to achieve by meeting them. Just imagine yourself at the end of 2016 with all those goals met and you are more likely to even work harder towards it.
Perfectionism hampers success
Being perfect is optimal, nevertheless, anything less of it doesn’t mean you are sloppy. Keep your eyes on making progress and being excellent, not necessarily being perfect. You may have setbacks and become disgruntled when you “plateau”, however, choose to compliment yourself for the little successes you make.
Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence – Vince Lombardi.
Motivation does not last; get motivated daily
Motivation like bathing does not last that’s why is recommended daily – Zig Zaglar.
Inspire yourself daily by professing your goals as though they have already been met. This may sound silly but trust me, it works. Stay motivated throughout the year join weight loss support groups and forums or sign up for a weight loss program with a support group.
Planning and Discipline, the secret ingredients of success
Planning is the bridge between your goals and its accomplishments. Make plans to meet your weight loss goals and be disciplined to stay on track. One act of discipline inspires another act of discipline. In the same way, one act of indiscipline strengthens another act of indiscipline. Remember, if it is to be is up you.