Weight-loss: are people really as motivated as they think they are?
Today I want to start a conversation with you about weight-loss. Not surprisingly, weight-loss is one of the most common reasons people seek hypnotherapy.
People love to talk about food, appearance and weight. When was the last time you went a whole week without discussing it? Many people can’t even imagine what that would be like.
Our days are filled with conversations about:
- what we ate
- what we’re going to eat
- why we can’t eat certain foods
- what we’re trying not to eat
- our latest diet
- the most recent diet research and fads
- our weight-loss goals
- body insecurities
Sometimes we try to avoid these conversations and then go home to indulge in secret, feeling ashamed and wondering if people only knew… Either way, food and our bodies, for many of us, are unconsciously a major focus of our day.
Even with food and health being a focus, why do so many people find it difficult to follow-through on their diets and health plans? It takes mere days, sometimes weeks or months, before the diet is broken and we have to “start over tomorrow”.
Somehow we’re always “starting over” and never actually achieving lasting success. Years and decades pass, repeating the same round-about loop of dieting-cheating-getting heavier-dieting-cheating-getting heavier. Then we wonder why we can’t follow-through, especially when we believe the motivation is there to succeed.
I’d like to share with you 3 insights I’ve learned about motivation:
- People who lose motivation, unconsciously expect it to stay the same every day
- Sometimes what we think is motivating us, is NOT the real motivation
- Instead of seeking validation, recognition or following the latest plan, the most motivated people I know are driven from something deep within
Think about this for a moment. What are the implications of these statements? Can you imagine how you might apply them to your weight management goals? Or any goal for that matter?
I have more on this coming, but first I’d love to hear from you. What do YOU think is the hardest part about managing a healthy weight?
Talk with you soon!
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