Often when we set the New Year’s resolution to lose weight, the underlying thought behind the goal is, “I will be happy when I am slim.”
But it’s backwards. You have to start feeling happy now.
As much as possible, feel the emotion that you think being slim will give you. Feeling that emotion right now will actually help turbocharge your efforts to get the body you want.
And it will make the process of releasing the weight fun. (Yes, it really is possible to enjoy getting the body you want!)
It was a huge change for me when I shifted my thinking from, “I will be happy when I lose weight,” to “I will be happy now and enjoy the process of releasing my weight.”
Huge not in that making this shift was difficult, but huge in the impact it had on my life.
One way to make this shift is to think about how being at your ideal weight would make you feel.
Will losing weight make you feel confident? Empowered? Sexy?
This emotion is key. It is this emotion that you are truly after. You just think that losing weight is the route to getting that emotion.
One reason tapping into that emotion is so powerful is because you harness all of your energy in the present instead of siphoning it off to some future time or event.
Shifting your energy from the future to now is like going from driving with bald tires in the snow to having snow tires, chains, and all-wheel drive. It gives you traction, power, and momentum to reach your goals.
How awesome is it that you can feel the way being slim would make you feel right away (you don’t have to wait!), AND feeling that way will help you get the body you want?
So how do you do that?
Think about times when you do feel confident, empowered, or sexy. If you can’t bring anything to mind, just imagine what having the body you want would feel like. And if you catch yourself feeling confident, empowered, or sexy, make that feeling last as long as possible by reaching for thoughts that build on that emotion.
Now practice this feeling as much as possible every day. Even feeling it for as little as 1 minute will start to move you in the direction you want to go.
Not only do you get the bonus of feeling good right now, but the process of releasing the weight becomes fun and satisfying. Best of all, you keep the weight off for good.
This time next year you can feel physically fabulous and fully love your body.
Decide right now to reach for how being slim will make you feel. And practice that every day.
Together we can do it!