Ten Mindset Principles for Weight Loss and more!
Here’s how it works:
- Your mindset – the way you think and what you believe – determines how you will behave.
- Your behaviour determines your results.
In my coaching work, a client’s goal is to transform her body and achieve permanent weight loss. This result – as for any goal – is driven my client’s mindset.
Recently I created a list of the Top Ten Mindset Principles for my clients. These principles work for any goal in life. Today, I’m giving you the first five:
- Have a goal statement for your current goal that focuses on what you want
It’s useful to know what you don’t want – what you want to move away from – but make sure you also know what you want to move towards. This is so basic and so important. Check any area of your life you are not really happy with and you’ll find you are mostly focusing on what you don’t want.When I ask a weight loss client what she wants, often the only way she can think to express it is to actually tell me what she doesn’t want. Out of habit, she’ll say, “I don’t want to be fat” or “I want to lose 10 kilos”, which just gets her focused on the 10 kilos she doesn’t want!
Take the time to identify what you actually want using positive language!
- Deliberately focus on your goal each day using a multi-sensory ritual
Create a scenario in your mind of what you will see, hear and feel when your goal is achieved. Schedule a time each day to mental rehearse achieving your goal. This is daydreaming with intention because you are deliberately focusing on your goal with the intention of taking action to achieve it.Make this a powerful focus session by getting involved emotionally. Really step into the feelings associated with having the outcome you want. You’ll know you’ve done it well when you find you are easily inspired to take action and move towards your goal.
- Install empowering beliefs and weaken old limiting beliefs
Identify unsupportive and even self-sabotaging beliefs. Simply take the time to write a list of the negative thoughts that pop into your head when you think about your goal. You may have just one or you may have a long list. Get them down on paper and challenge them.Next, create belief statements you’d like to install instead. Ones that support you to achieve your goal. Usually this means creating statements that completely counteract the habitual negative statements you’ve just identified in the first step. For example:
Replace “I can’t lose weight because I don’t have enough willpower to do what it takes” with “I now enjoy easily releasing excess weight that doesn’t serve me.”
- Develop positive thinking skills (including reframing and problem-solving skills)
It’s not about being a glass half-full or a glass half-empty person. You have the ability to use both perspectives.To achieve a goal you must believe you can and will achieve it. You must believe it is possible or you won’t even try, will you?
For goals that are more challenging you may well need to practice your positive thinking skills. When you deliberately choose to develop and strengthen a positive mindset in relation to your goal, you’ll be unstoppable!
- Make set-backs your best learning opportunities
This is an essential life skill. For some goals (perhaps especially weight loss) we seem to forget that making mistakes is part of learning. Set-backs must not be the signal to give up – unless the goal really isn’t that important to you.Expect bumps along the road and use your reframing and problem-solving skills to get better at what you are doing. It is these experiences and the subsequent learning on a weight loss journey that lead to lasting weight loss – as opposed to putting all the weight back on and re-joining the yo-yo dieting cycle.
Next week, you’ll get the final five mindset principles.
In the meantime, here’s to your health…