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Tip of the Day - Mind over matter is the way to go!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tip of the Day - Mind Over Matter is the Way to Go

When it comes to weight loss we are taught how to eat and how to exercise but the common and vitally important component that almost always gets overlooked is learning how to think right. Yes, when it comes to creating long-term weight loss, mind over matter is where you need to focus your energy.

This is not to say that you can abandon diet and exercise and just sit in a corner and wish yourself slim. But I am saying that if you neglect to pay attention to the thoughts you are allowing in your head then you are making weight loss much more difficult than it has to be.

How do you keep your thoughts in line with your goal?

1. Identify limiting thoughts. So often we let thoughts just drift into our head like a broken record and very rarely do we stop to consider how these thoughts are affecting our behaviors. For instance, if you go on a diet yet you are constantly filling your head with thoughts such as, "I hate to diet." "I can't wait till this is over." How do you think that will affect your weight loss journey? I would have to say that it will either make you struggle or it will cause you to crash and burn.

2. Once you identify a limiting thought let it go. What we don't always understand is that our thoughts are not a physical part of us. Therefore they are free to pass in and out of us. When you hear a limiting thought pop into your head ask yourself if you could simply let it go or release it. With very little practice you will find that any thought can be easily released.

3. Focus on the positive outcome. Research has shown that those who focus on the positive expectations of their goal are much more likely to reach their goal than those who focus on the negative side of a goal pursuit. Create a mental picture of how you will feel and look when you reach your goal and constantly redirect your mind back to that positive vision.

If your goal is long-term weight loss, mind over matter is what you need to focus on. Not only will you find your results come much faster but they will also come with less effort.
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