But you can drastically increase the chances of fulfilling your New Year’s resolution to lose weight by creating new mental habits right now.
And it can take as little as 5 minutes a day.
Think about how much you get done when you are excited, eager, and looking forward to something. Now think about how hard it is to make progress when you are dreading something, don’t want to do it, resent it, etc.
While you can move forward and get stuff done while you are feeling negative catabolic emotions, consciously shifting to positive anabolic thoughts before you begin a task is like putting on rocket boosters.
Not only is your power to get things done greater, but it’s easier and more fun.
Most of what makes releasing weight “hard” are your current mental habits.
You have thoughts about how hard it is to lose weight that you have repeated for so long that you don’t even realize there’s another way to look at it. You have practiced dreading dieting. You have developed a mental rut on exercise that is not serving you.
These are just some catabolic habits of thought you have going on. Thoughts are made of energy, not marble. They can be changed!
Why do you want to go to the trouble of creating positive, life-building anabolic mental habits, you might ask?
Those emotions make your heart sing. When you are feeling anabolic emotions, you know that things are always working out for you. When there’s a problem, you see the solution. You laugh more. You relax more. You are happy to be alive.
As a result, the actions you need to take feel easier.
- Instead of hating to work out, you start to enjoy it.
- You find you like the taste of fresh vegetables.
- You easily make the decision to turn off the T.V. and go to bed so you will wake up rested and refreshed.
- Water starts to taste good.
It’s easy. It feels like the choice you want to make.
Start now to create these new mental habits and come January 2 you will be so ready to turn these thoughts into action that there will be no stopping you!
Here are 5 easy ways to begin creating new mental habits:
- Make a list of how you want to feel come January 2.
- Think about all the reasons Why you want to be fit, strong, and slim. (Go deeper than just looking good.)
- Remember all the ways you enjoyed being active when you were a kid.
- Slow down during meals and really appreciate your food and how it is building the body you want.
- Appreciate the life giving aspects of the water you are drinking.
Doesn’t that feel good?
Now practice these thoughts every day.
Often people will use the excuse that they don’t have time to create new mental habits, particularly during the holidays.
Truly, you don’t have time not to!
By taking a few minutes now, you will more than make up with ease and efficiency when you do start your eating and exercise program.
A huge bonus is that the more you practice these new mental habits, the easier and more fun your life becomes.
What is one thing you can begin to do regularly to shift your mental habits? What difference does that make in creating the body—and life—you want come January 2nd?
Together we can do it!