Something I’ve talked a lot about here on Success Building Blocks is mindset, and for a very good reason. When you have the right mindset, you can accomplish just about anything. That’s why mindset is so important.
Last night, I started going through the Truth About Abs by Michael Geary. Want to know what the first step he talks about? Having a healthy mindset. In fact, he says “The #1 reason for failure to achieve their fitness goal in most people is the general procrastination, laziness, and poor mental attitude about what they BELIEVE they can actually achieve.” Think about that a moment. Most people fail because of a lack of belief. So, how do you develop the right mindset for losing weight?
To start with, you need to change the frame of reference. Your goal really isn’t to lose weight. You have to lose weight to get your desired result, but it is not the goal itself. What you really want is to feel healthier and more energetic. Now, I realize that this, in a true “goal” sense is not a very good goal because that is a hard thing to quantify. But we must start with the understanding of what it is you want to achieve.
Now, we can look at the desired result and say that to get that result, we need to lose 20 pounds. We can figure that out by using an ideal body weight chart which your doctor can help you with or you can try to find one online. Your ideal body weight is what you should aim for. For example, say you found out that for your height, the ideal is 150 pounds but you weigh 170. You don’t want to think in terms of what you have to lose. Your focus should be on weighing 150 pounds.
Once you have that goal in mind and you have an idea of what it would feel like to weigh that amount, start visualizing it. Picture it in your head how you feel when you step on the scale and see that amount. Try to imagine how you would be able to move around easier. How much energy do you have? What is your excitement level like? What does your body look like? Every day, try to relive that experience and believe it can happen to you.
That’s all there is to finding a healthy mindset for weight loss. Decide on what your goal looks like, determine what you need to do to reach your goal, and visualize yourself reaching it. If you can learn to do these three things, you will find yourself able to reach your weight loss goals.