Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Change Your Thinking to Change Your Results

Many people today realize that the thoughts they hold have an impact on their results when it comes to professional goals or business results. They don’t seem to be as clear when it relates to their health or bodies in general. It disturbs me to hear people say that they “hate” their bodies or to have them run through the inventory of body parts they would change if they could.

Many overweight women struggle with finding something good to say about their bodies. A new approach might be to take the focus off of the body and onto behaviors. One of the key shifts I had when I successfully lost weight was to begin asking myself, "What would a thin person do in this situation?" Shifting my thoughts to those of a thin person led to changing my behaviors to those of a thin person, and those changes ultimately affected my weight.

Remember in The Secret how Rhonda Byrne said she can now eat anything she wants and still weigh 116? I think an important point that isn’t stated as clearly as it might be is that she no longer wants to eat the kind or quantity of food that would cause her to gain weight. She thinks like a thin person, buys clothes to fit a thin person, and eats the way a thin person does, savoring her food. Her behaviors are aligned with her thoughts, and thinness is the result. Next time you’re at a choice point, ask yourself what a thin person, an athlete, or someone you consider successful would do and emulate that behavior.

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