Ten Mindset Principles for Weight Loss – Part 2
Okay, so for a long time they may have hoped there was a magic pill but experience has finally led them to understand that successful weight loss requires the right mindset for the job.
In fact, the right mindset is the key ingredient. It’s the closest thing to a magic pill there is! So the work we do together is the installation of the right mindset for getting and keeping the lean, healthy body they want.
To give my clients an overview of the essential elements of goal-achieving mindset, I created a list of the Top Ten Mindset Principles. These principles work for any goal you may have in life.
See the first five principles here. In this post, you’ll read the final five:
6. Deal with emotions appropriately
When you learn to handle your emotions in healthy ways, the number of setbacks you experience decreases dramatically! Not only that, any crazy off-plan behaviour will be less crazy and be over more quickly.
So…how do you actually deal with your upsetting emotions more effectively? I want to give you something fast and practical here. Type “faster emotional freedom technique” into your search engine. Read about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”. Then watch some basic videos showing you how to do it, how to “tap” on your uncomfortable emotions so they dissipate. Tapping is an effective practical method for handling emotions that trigger behaviours you no longer wish to indulge.
7. Deliberately find things to be grateful for each day
This is a much championed process for staying positive and optimistic.
Science is showing that gratitude is important for how good we feel psychologically. Being grateful increases how much positive emotion you feel and decreases negative emotion. A positive outlook helps you cope with difficulties, including setbacks and upsetting emotions (see previous).
We have a natural focus on what goes wrong in our daily lives. We also often get stuck going over and over these things in our heads. Cultivating the habit of looking for things to be grateful for helps to address this tendency and allows us to access more hopeful and empowering emotional states.
8. Take consistent action towards your goal and create desirable habits
Focusing on your goal is important but your focus must translate into action – otherwise you are really just wishing for something.
It is important to learn how to get yourself into a motivated state at will. Learn about motivation strategies and understand what things consistently inspire you to take effective action.
9. Seek progression on your journey (not perfection)
You must take steps towards your goal every day. It doesn’t matter if they are small. It’s great if they are large but all you need is to be consistent – and actions that are “good enough” will keep you going in the right direction.
Sometimes you will feel like you are standing still. Just keep going anyway.
At other times, you’ll move ahead faster.
Keep putting one foot in front of the other and never ever demand perfection of yourself – or you’ll find yourself going backwards very quickly.
10. Have self-compassion and a sense of humour!
Treat yourself like a good friend. Be kind. Be supportive. Celebrate achievements and always seek to do things that serve you. This includes having a laugh at your own foibles along the way. You’re sure to have enough to keep you company but you’ll also discover hidden talents and develop valuable new skills on your journey. Go you!
Let me know if there is anything you’d add to this list.
Always take care,