If we could apply the answer to this million dollar question I’d be out of work.
Luckily for my bank account since I love training and coaching, things are usually easier said than done.
I’ve devoted two years to helping people prioritize the health of their future selves. The traits of people who succeed at reaching their goals – fitness or otherwise – start to reveal themselves after time.
It goes beyond getting to the gym 4 days a week. It goes beyond cooking at home versus calling in a double crust Pizza Hut.
What makes someone lose 20 pounds in 2 months?
What makes a person stay where they are, after 12 full months have come and gone?
Here’re my 5 Hacks On What Leads To Success In Losing Weight.
1. GO BIGGER
“You can call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” – John Lennon
There’re two types of people in the world.
There’re the people who shoot ideas down.
Then there’re the people who fan ideas so that they take flight and enter into the realm of what had initially seemed impossible.
It’s “safe” to agree to 3 workouts a week. I mean, you’re a busy 21st-century professional. Let’s not be unrealistic here.
But… One cool thing about reality is that it evolves and adapts to whatever you ask of it. If you’re used to committing to 3 workouts… Next week, say Yes to 5. They don’t have to be pump-til-you-drop sessions. But just that act of rebelling against the limit you established will shift you out of your comfort zone – which we know is where real change happens.
2. BECOME AN AUTOPILOT
As humans we tend to think a LOT (females, gimme an amen). I’ll be the first to say that women generally overthink things to death. We are creative creatures. If there’s a reason for us to NOT go workout, believe me we’ll find it.
Let’s take a page from men and make our workouts and healthy meals NON-NEGOTIABLE.
Nice ring to it hey? What it means is, once you committed to it THERE IS NO BACKING OUT. It’s like marriage, but more permanent.
3. TAKE AN OBJECTIVE STAND
We tend to assume that people really, REALLY care about us. They care about how we look, what we wear, what we say. We’re a self-conscious society. We don’t want to be judged. Who does?
Yeah… We’re pretty self-absorbed.
But you know what?
Everyone else is preoccupied with their own lives. Their relationships, work hardships, financial woes, social media personas, selfie sessions.
#realtalk People don’t care about you as much as you’d like to admit.
So that thing you’ve been refraining from doing because you’re worried about how you might be perceived?
GO AND DO IT.
It’ll feel really uncomfortable and unnatural at first. But like I always tell my clients, everything can become a habit. The words we say, the food we order – everything that we believe makes us “US” can be reprogrammed.
You are NEVER stuck.
Once you internalize this truth, you’ll be set free. Free from the bondage of caring about what other people think. Free from your own self-deprecating thoughts. Our emotions don’t need to hold us hostage.
4. BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN
I’m lucky to have a close ratio of male to female clients. I enjoy training both. I did notice one quality that guys possess that was definitely lacking in most women.
Many men believe they’re attractive – no matter what they actually look like! A guy could be carrying around a 40″ waist and still be like, Well I rock at hockey pool and I can cook a mean steak, so what’s not to love?
Their self-confidence is STAGGERING. It appears as though they’ve disassociated themselves from reality.
But that IS their reality. They accept and love themselves the way they are because they celebrate their good points. And THAT’S why they have the confidence to commit to a workout routine. It’s the opposite of a vicious cycle.
It’s a self-loving cycle of progress. The best kind of cycle.
5. SOFTEN THE TONGUE
This is my personal favourite. I am a massive believer in the power of words. I’ve written about this in my post Why You Should Act Now.
From my own experience, a seemingly insignificant act like replacing a negative thought like “I’ll never be able to lose any weight” with this superthought “I’m losing weight right now!” will reshape your future.
You’ll redirect your life’s trajectory with these small readjustments to the running monologue in your head.
Those fear-based thought Gollums will always skulk around in the depths of your mind, biding their time to take the spotlight whenever you’re running low on willpower.
But the more often you practice using positive words, the more good things will happen to your life, seemingly by magic.
It’s not magic though – it’s your own changing energy field, attracting more of itself to itself.
If you scoffed and thought to yourself that I’m new age, be that as it may… Give it a try. It can’t hurt!