What you currently believe has led to your current results.
If you’re happy with your current body and health then it makes sense to go right on thinking those same thoughts and enjoying those same results.
However what if you’re Not happy?
Then it’s time to create the beliefs that will deliver the results you are seeking. To consciously decide on the beliefs that you would be excited to have your unconscious mind working on delivering straight to you 24/7.
You can think of your unconscious mind as a ‘belief seeking missile’ or eager little puppy… whatever you focus on it is going to work at bringing to you. For better or worse. Faced with an overwhelming mass of information to filter through at any given moment it’ll delete, distort and generalise to fit in with the believes you are currently choosing.
I see this daily with people who struggle to make any progress.
To use the most common excuse and limiting belief as an example:
“I don’t have time.”
(possibly fats’ favourite 4 words… fat knows when you utter these 4 words it means actually you have plenty of time for fat). The I don’t have time belief will filter in such ‘evidence’ to support its claim…
=> making an omelette take twice as longs as toast or cereal and skipping breakie altogether is the quickest.
=> preparing your lunch takes too long… better to just grab it from the cafe by work or raid the handy vending machine.
=> your emails are outta control and much more ‘urgent’ than getting to the gym at lunch time.
=> a quick sugar fix saves you taking a break when you start to fade at 3.30pm… it’ll allow you to keep on working.
=> working late means you don’t have time to prepare dinner… best to grab Thai on the way home.
=> getting home at 9.30pm means you don’t have time to plan your day tomorrow… all you can manage is to collapse in from of the T.V… with your stodgy-stir-fry… the same you always order because you don’t ‘have time’ to think of the better option right?
What are 5 things you need to believe about YOU to lose weight?
Now your 5 need to be individual to you. However, to give you an idea of some beliefs that work well here are 5 of mine.
1. I am a person who PRIORITISES MY HEALTH.
2. I am a person who will do WHATEVER IT TAKES.
3. I am a person who chooses THE BEST OPTION, not the easiest, cheapest or most popular.
4. I am a person who sees exercise and meal preparation as NON-NEGOTIABLES – big rocks in my week that I fit other things around.
5. I am a master at OUT-PLANNING my previous danger situations.
Lets see how this looks in the previous ‘I don’t have time’ example…
=> throwing some extra veg (while making lunch or dinner the day before) in a bowl with a couple of eggs and a shake of dried herbs takes no longer than toast or cereal… in fact it’ll save a heap of ineffective cardio time you may feel pressure to force yourself through after a processed crap-o-la breakfast.
=> making several lunches on mass means you save time waiting in line at the cafe… oh, and a great lunch based around fibrous veg, lean protein and satisfying good fat is going to fuel your body for a much more productive afternoon.
=> reactively responding to other peoples ‘urgent’ emails is an easy path-of-least-resistance-response… long term the best option in a world where you will NEVER GET IT ALL DONE is to choose the best option and that is getting a quick, revitalising gym session in.
=> once you start making excuses on when is too late for a great dinner – where do you stop? The meals that you prepared on mass and froze on the weekend take no longer to heat and serve with some mixed greens than takeaway takes to pick up.
=> planning the day to come is the only way to ensure you get that which is most important done in a day where you will likely ‘run out of time’ and never get it all done. Your 10 minute plan will save hours over the course of your week and ensure the important does not get sacrificed for the urgent yet unimportant.
I truly believe we all start the body composition game on an equal footing.
Nature is neutral. We all have the same amount of time. And we all have a limited amount of discipline.
The variables lie in how we choose to use both our time and our discipline.
One person never has more time to exercise or plan meals than another, they simply decide that exercise and meal planning are on their non-negotiable list and are willing to miss out on other things to make them happen.
The easy, sustainable approach is to DECIDE ONCE.
Rather than waste time and energy thinking about it and not doing, when you decide once you can spend more time actually doing and achieving rather than wishing and wanting and making excuses.
Ok, let’s make this implementable. What are 5 things you need to believe about YOU to lose weight?