Most weight loss goals work against you, this one works for you
Once people get their mindset straight about why they want to get in shape, or get healthy, the next place they can go off track comes up pretty quickly.
They start setting "outcome" goals.
An outcome goal is something like this:
"I'm going to lose 10 lbs this month."
This is what most systems, programs and diets out there teach. Because it lines up with what people think they want. And the way we approach business, and other areas of our lives.
But this type of goal is the kiss of death when it comes to getting healthy.
Because you are setting a goal you don't actually have any control over.
You can influence your weight.
But you can't just decide to get rid of 10 lbs.
(Or you already would have.)
And the problem with setting goals you don't actually have control over, like losing weight or fitting into a certain size clothes, is you start to feel more out of control.
And, we humans don't like to feel out of control.
When we do, we usually do one of two things:
Try to control our bodies more
This is a bad loop to be in.
Because every time you go there, it reinforces the idea that you don't have any control. So every time you decide you want to take action in this area of your life in the future, you'll have that much more sub-conscious resistance to overcome.
(Do you see why we are always saying it's a mind game? It really is.)
A better type of goal to set for yourself is a "process" goal.
"I'm going to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day for the next week, and track how I feel."
There's a big difference between these types of goals.
The second one is admittedly not as sexy as the first.
But it's going to be waaaaay more useful in getting you where you want to go.
Because it is a choice you can make. It allows you to say to yourself, "Well, I did my job for today." And feel good about yourself.
And your body relaxes, because your actions were in-line with your intentions.
It also sets you up for long term success because you start to notice how different foods and behaviors impact your body and how you feel.
You are gathering information that will be useful to you in the long run.
Instead of blindly running after an outcome on the work-hard-deprivation-diet-treadmill.
This is the difference between long-term thinking, and cutting yourself off at the knees.
Approach your health journey with curiosity and patience, and you will reap rewards far beyond your initial "outcome" desires.
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