Life Coach and Motivational Speaker Brian Tracy writes “All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
Research suggests that only 3% of the population have written goals and succeed. If this statistic is correct, Brian Tracy’s quote tells us that he really is talking about the minority, isn’t he? After all research is saying that 97% of people do not have written goals and succeed. Ouch!
How can we change this? If Brian Tracy’s quote is correct how can we become the 3%? How can we succeed at losing weight?
Firstly let us look at why most people sabotage their efforts to lose weight
According to Freud, the mind can be divided into two parts
- The Conscious Mind which includes everything that you are aware of. As you read this blog you may be aware of the computer screen that you are reading from, the chair that you may be sitting in or any noises that are currently around you.
- The Unconscious Mind These are our feelings, thoughts and memories that are outside of our conscious awareness. An example of your unconscious mind at work is your heart beating, you are not consciously aware of this. According to Freud, our unconscious mind continues to influence our daily behaviour and experiences even though we are unaware of these underlying influences.
So how does this affect our efforts to lose weight?
Your unconscious mind is 220 THOUSAND TIMES FASTER than your conscious mind. Your unconscious mind holds your beliefs and values. If you are struggling to lose weight and keep it off, it is probable that your unconscious mind is the reason. You will have limiting beliefs that are stopping you from thinking like a thin person and achieving your goals AND YOU ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE IT IS ALL HAPPENING UNCONSCIOUSLY. Thin people will often eat differently to their overweight friends, tend to exercise more regularly and actually enjoy exercise, it is not a bother to them but rather something they look forward to.
Imagine how much easier it would be to lose weight if you could have the thoughts of a thin person.
Our process for retraining the mind has to do with recognizing the impact of the words we use. The words in the list that follows are commonly used in the messages we give to ourselves and others. The use of these words continues to keep the guilty past and fearful future active in our minds. As a result, our feeling of conflict can only be reinforced. The more we recognize that using these words interferes with our inner peace, the easier it will be to practice eliminating them from our thoughts and expressions.
Here are the words:
IMPOSSIBLE CAN’T TRY LIMITATION IF ONLY BUT HOWEVER DIFFICULT
OUGHT TO SHOULD DOUBT
Practice taking these words out of your vocabulary and watch as your life changes.