Positive thinking is arguably the single most important factor when trying to achieve any goal. Without it, you’re reducing your chances of success and increasing your chances of failure.
Are you an optimistic, positive person or pessimistic and negative? Is the glass in your life half full or half empty? You might not think it matters when you’re trying to lose weight and get a six pack, but any goal is more likely to be achieved if you’re optimistic and thinking positively about its chances of success.
If you believe that you’re going to fail, that you’ve tried to lose weight and exercise before and it hasn’t worked so this time won’t be any different, then you’re making things difficult for yourself. It’s what’s known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whatever you believe is going to happen is probably what will happen. Not because you can see into the future, but because without realising it, you’ll make it happen.
For example, let’s say you’ve tried ‘dieting’ in the past and it either hasn’t done any good, or you’ve lost weight but then later regained it all afterwards. Perhaps with a little extra just to make you feel even worse. Without positive thinking you might believe that, based on past experience, it isn’t going to do any good because diets never work and you’re just a fat person. You always will be, so what’s the point in trying and getting your hopes up, only to have them crushed yet again?
With this in mind, when temptation comes your reaction isn’t to remind yourself of the goal you’ve set to help you resist, because you don’t really believe you can do it anyway. Instead you tell yourself you may as well just have the comfort food you crave, which you do, so then you feel guilty and ashamed, think you’ve already failed, and see no point in continuing with your healthy eating.
And if you’re going to stop that you may as well quit exercising too.
Without positive thinking you’ll probably fail to lose body fat and get a six pack, but at least you can console yourself by knowing that you were right – improving your diet and exercising doesn’t work!
Alternatively, let’s say you’re fully committed to getting a six pack and have a solid reason for your goal that is motivating you to improve your diet and exercise regularly. You practise positive thinking and imagine how good you’ll look and feel, full of newfound confidence and self-esteem. You’re proud of yourself for what you’ve achieved. In this instance, when temptation comes, you resist it by reminding yourself that eating junk like that in the past is what got you into the poor condition you’re currently in.
Lowering your body fat and getting a six pack is the goal in both these examples, but can you see how the second is far more likely to succeed than the first, just because of positive thinking and the belief about what is going to happen?
Don’t make things harder for yourself by being negative, not only about the outcome but also about whether you’re personally capable of doing it. Hopefully you have people in your life who will support and encourage you. But whether this is the case or not, if you can support and encourage yourself you’ll find everything so much easier.
If you had a friend who constantly criticised you, who told you that you were going to fail, that you were weak, never stuck at anything, and that you were always going to be fat and unhealthy, would you want to be around them?
But this is what most people constantly tell themselves every day.
Instead be your own best friend.
Use positive thinking to motivate and inspire yourself to exercise and eat healthily. Have respect for yourself and your body and treat it accordingly, by eating well and staying in shape. Congratulate yourself every single time you go to the gym, or pass by a fast-food restaurant without buying anything. Do this for every single success in your life, no matter how small, and notice how good it feels.
You are amazing.
Remind yourself of this several times a day!
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