Most people decide they need to make some changes to their life and have
lots of ideas about what they want to stop doing and what they want to start
doing but don’t really prepare themselves for the mental and emotional
reaction to this new way of living. Usually they can sustain a week or two
of their ideal life, but without the mental preparation they slowly step back
into their old routine and before they know it, they’ve lost all motivation and
all progress has been lost.
Has this happened to you?
The trick is to prepare your mind for the inevitable desire to revert back to
the old way. Make your new lifestyle aspirations a permanent shift, not just
a temporary fad, and spend the time consuming lots of knowledge that
encourages healthy changes, connecting with others for support, and
determining the areas that you see as potentially difficult in your progress
to a better life. Overall, be committed to the eventual outcome of the
decision to be healthy and thin; don’t take any other outcome than that.
Reflect on this excerpt from Richard Carlson’s book You Can Feel Good Again:
“Commitment is a powerful tool for change. It takes pressure off of you by removing
the uncertainty that often accompanies a lack of commitment. Marriage, for
example, is a commitment. When couples marry, there is a reasonable belief that
regardless of what might happen, the commitment will carry the couple through.
Prior to marriage, people often feel insecure about losing their partner, but the
commitment relieves their anxiety and gives them the freedom to “let go” of their
concerns; it fosters hope.
Without commitment, success in any venture is difficult. Whether you are
dieting, studying for an exam, learning to play tennis, starting a project or deciding to
be happy, commitment is an important step.”
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