It’s the eternal dilemma.
Instant gratification versus long-term benefit:
Mouth watering muffin versus a lowered cholesterol level in old age.
Cookies and Cream Ice-cream versus fitting into your jeans.
Triple sundae with chocolate sauce versus lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Let’s face it, instant gratification is pretty hard to beat, especially when we’re operating in the midst of an instant gratification society.
Unless we’re able to identify the real reasons behind our weight loss efforts, we’ll never rise above the instant-noodles society that has spawned the obesity epidemic that threatens the Western World.
So, let’s start digging . . .
So you want to lose weight?
But before we go any further it’s essential that you discover the underlying reason as to why you want to lose weight. When you discover what drives you, you’ll also know what motivates you. If you don’t identify your inner driver, it doesn’t matter how hard you try, how much sweat you expend or how many calories you burn, you will fail.
Uncovering the reason that you really want to achieve your goal adds emotional content to your goal. Emotional content is what will motivate you. It will also feed powerful messages to your subconscious. As a result, the actions that you need to take to achieve your goals will will become automatic.
Here are two questions that will help to uncover your emotional drivers . . .
- What is important to you about reaching your weight goal?
- How will your life be better after you have achieved your weight goal?
Once you have found your emotional driver, write it down in the following format . . .
The emotional driver behind my weight loss goal is to . . . .
When I have achieved my goal I will feel . . .
Once you have identified the emotional driver to your goal, it is time to reinforce it by adding in a spiritual element. It doesn’t matter whether you are a believer in a Creator, an atheist or an agnostic.
Spirituality involves being in touch with your reason for being. Whether you were created, evolved or were placed here by aliens, you have ended up with a magical, unique and highly intricate machine that will govern your state of well-being until you die. Those who do believe in a Creator God have an obligation to Him to respect and maintain the amazing body that they have been gifted. All of us owe it to ourselves to identify the spiritual reason that accompanies our goal. Find out what yours is and keep yourself accountable to it.