You’re probably reading this article because you saw the title and thought to yourself:
“FINALLY! The secret for always having weight loss motivation will be revealed!”
You say “finally” because you’ve been searching for this answer for a long time. You’ve tried various methods of weight loss. Perhaps you’ve even spent money on wraps, oils, or supplements but none have gotten you where you want to be. You start off strong with the best intentions, but then life happens. This article is only going to reveal the truth you’ve known deep down for a while now: motivation doesn’t last. If it did, you would have achieved your goals long ago, and you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
The Truth About Motivation
The truth is you don’t stay motivated. No one does. When motivation runs out (which it inevitably will), what holds you accountable? Nothing. You were relying on a temporary state of emotion in attempts to achieve lasting results, which is why people oftentimes get frustrated and quit. It’s not surprising that doesn’t work. Motivation has its place, but not in the world of dieting; not long-term, anyway. In this world, to be successful, you have to rely on one completely different thing: discipline.
D is for Discipline.
Discipline is something that has to be learned and practiced. You have to create it from scratch based on a set routine that you create, and that you stick to – whether you want to or not. Discipline requires forcing yourself to do something even if you don’t feel like doing it and developing a habit. It means doing something because you know it has to be done. Developing discipline is difficult because nobody enjoys doing things when they don’t feel like it. However, many studies have shown that it takes on average 21 days to develop a habit – in the meantime, you really have to push yourself to continue with the goal you’ve set. In a recent article discussing why we binge eat, we discussed how to create new habits by creating new pathways in the brain. Once a disciplined habit is established, it is a stronger pathway that is more easy for us to follow.
Practice makes perfect!
Learning new behaviors is a difficult thing to do. Anyone who has ever successfully lost a lot of weight had one thing in common. They all practiced. That’s it. That’s all they did. Let me clarify: successful folks succeed because they do what’s necessary, and they do it over and over and over until it becomes routine. Why do we practice something? To get better at it, right!? For example, it’s how one learns to play a musical instrument or a new sport. You start from somewhere, and
D is also for Desire.
Of course, you do have to want something badly enough for discipline to work. If discipline is the car, desire is the gasoline. You have to have enough fuel to get to your destination. If you want something badly enough, you’ll always do what’s necessary, not because you’re motivated, but because you know that if you keep going, you’ll eventually get there. So you need to ask yourself, “Am I serious about this? Do I want it badly enough?” If you don’t, then don’t be ashamed to admit it to yourself. Doing that is okay. It just means you’re not ready yet, or that you need to set more realistic goals. It doesn’t mean you won’t be in the future. You’re just not there right now. Fix some other things in your life first, and then come back and try again.
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