by Linda Gabriel
Have you ever tried to break a bad habit?
Or start a new good habit?
Were you successful?
If you’re like most people, you probably found it tough to change, even when you managed to succeed. You probably tried to change through sheer willpower. When people want to make a change for the better, like lose weight, they usually start by struggling to change physical results with attempts at drastic and uncomfortable changes in behavior. We torture ourselves with restricted calorie diets and exercise regimes without looking deeper into what’s been driving the unwanted behavior in the first place. Rarely do we pause to examine the emotions, and especially the thoughts which are creating the results in our lives.
We don’t usually get the results we want when we go about it that way. And if we do, the results won’t last very long unless we also have changed our inner behavior. The secret to permanent behavior change is really very simple. If you want to change your results, you must first change your thoughts.
If you want to change your results, you must first change your thoughts.
Whether we realize it or not, our thoughts create our emotions. Thoughts combined with emotions create the motivation for our actions which, in turn, generate the results we experience in the physical world. The quality of your results, the quality of your personal reality, is a direct result of the way you think.
If this is old news to you, then you will find some great reminders here. If this idea seems radical, you are probably someone who is firmly invested in the idea that reality is something that “happens” to you. Either way most people can agree that the way you think about something can make a big difference in the way you experience what happens in your life.
Here’s a simple example:
If your “significant other” suddenly becomes secretive and seems to be hiding something how would you react? Perhaps you suspect they’re cheating. How does holding that thought make you feel? On the other hand, how would you feel if you assumed they’re planning a surprise for you? The thought you choose to hold will determine the way you feel and therefore the way you act.
“We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not. ~ Anthony Robbins”
What are some of your thoughts about yourself?
How do they make you feel?
When it comes to losing weight what thoughts come to mind?
Do they make you feel enthusiastic and energized?
Or do you feel hopeless and helpless?
If you’re thoughts about losing weight aren’t positive, I invite you to consider adopting some new ones.
Here’s a short list to get you started:
- “I am enjoying the process of losing weight.”
“It’s much easier than I imagined.”
“Inch by inch is a cinch.”
“I love taking good care of myself.”
“I love to take long walks.”
“Losing weight is easy and fun.”
“I love myself and I love my life.”
“Exercise energizes me.”
At first it may feel strange to think new thoughts, but go ahead and keep thinking them. Even if you say them to yourself in a sarcastic voice it’s okay. After a while, you may be pleasantly surprised to find they begin to shape your outlook on life. In fact, it could be said that your thoughts are your outlook on life. So if you want to improve your outlook and your results start by thinking better thoughts.