Four things a Rubik’s cube can teach you about how to lose weight... March 9, 2013 by Dean Dwyer
I had a conversation with a friend yesterday and I thought I would share the gist of what I said.
In a nutshell, most of the information presented on weight loss everywhere is useless.
And here is why I say that. Because people think physical transformation is a "doing" issue. You know, if people simply do what people tell them to do everything will work out perfectly.
Contrary to what people think, change is not a doing issue. It’s a thinking issue.
Most people already know the things they should be doing. Telling them again or writing it IN CAPS or giving them an additional 101 things to do isn’t going to help.
In fact, it only makes things worse when people start piling on. Contrary to conventional wisdom, more options makes things worse, not better.
What people don’t know how to do in weight loss is navigate the mental landscape of their mind and their emotions when it matters most.
All the strategies in the world won’t help anyone if we don’t teach people how to train their brains so they can begin to navigate the murky waters of weight loss, eating disorders, sugar addictions and overall physical transformation.
Now it would seem logical that next question to ask is, “So how do we begin to do that?”mental landscape quote
And while that is a great question, it is not the next piece of this puzzle.
What we need first is a framework that clearly explains why most of us fail with change in general and why it is so damn hard.
And I believe I have the perfect analogy to help you understand why most never succeed at change.
The Rubik’s cube.
I’m clearly dating myself here, but the Rubik’s cube is the perfect analogy for how most of people approach change and problem solving in general.
Imagine for a moment that I handed you a Rubik's cube and I asked you to solve it. What would you start doing?
Well if you are like most, you would just start moving pieces around hoping that you would magically be able to solve this incredibly challenging problem.
And you would do so until you burn through your will or resolve.
That might last 5 minutes, or it might last 30 minutes, but once your will was exhausted you would be done.
It is possible that you might pick it up again later and have a second go at it, but if the approach is the same as the first (and it almost always is) two things are a certain guarantee.
You won’t spend nearly as much time as you did the first time around unless you make a critical discovery and second, you will quit again and most likely never pick it up again.
The unfortunate thing is that most people (I was one of those people btw) approach weight loss almost exactly the same way they would try to solve a Rubik’s cube.
They simply perform a bunch of random moves hoping they will miraculously discover a solution.
And like the Rubik’s cube, they perform a bunch of these moves until they burn through their willpower and eventually quit assuming the problem is unsolvable.
So let me go back to my initial premise as to why I think the Rubik’s cube is the perfect training tool to teach people the successful behaviours of weight loss.
Behaviour #1: THINK LIKE EINSTEIN:
A Rubik’s cube is an incredibly difficult problem to solve and requires a higher order of thinking that we seldom, if ever, access.
Weight loss is no different. It is a problem that requires the same level of higher order thinking if we are going to be able to solve the problem.
This is not Sudoku people. This is a chess match like nothing you have ever played before.
Your challenge to unravel your weight loss mysteries is no different than Einstein’s challenge to come up with a theory for relativity.
Weight loss is your theory of relativity. I would suggest you do some reading on Einstein and the strategies he used to unlock the mystery of relativity and look to apply them to your weight loss journey.
Behaviour #2: VISUALIZE THE DESTINATION:
You have to have a clear visual of what the solution is going to look like. In a Rubik’s cube, that is easy. All the colors are properly aligned.
In weight loss, it is a more difficult proposition. It requires us to use our powers of imagination to get a clear sense of what our solution is going to look like.
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