Turning an obstacle into a positive you can learn from
HOW did you get on with my “challenge within a challenge” last week? I asked you to be extra-vigilant about how much hidden sugar you were consuming in everyday food. I’m wondering how many positives happened as a result.
Today I’d like you to reflect back over what you’ve noted in your success log for the past week and reflect on the changes.
Look back at what you’ve achieved and congratulate yourself because your brain’s reward centre will get a buzz from your results and it will make you feel really good.
But what if you had certain expectations of what you wanted to achieve you didn’t quite get there? What happens then?
Throwing in the towel when faced with a challenge is no good. One of the keys to sustainable weight loss is consistency and you achieve this by training yourself to turn the obstacles into something you learn from – and use the learnings to succeed.
Success truly happens when the negatives have no impact and your brain is trained to automatically think about how you can use the opportunity to succeed.
The best way for me to describe this is to give you an example – and this was recently posted in Slimpod Club.
So you can see how Pat could quite easily have let herself be all-consumed with disappointment about the fact that she had a mini binge. She could quite easily have decided to give up.
But instead Pat saw the positive – it was only four biscuits – and if you have something going on like this right now then I encourage you to change what that means to you.
Instead of feeling disappointed and annoyed, make it something you take action on and do something positive with rather than letting it defeat you.
This is so important because it builds mental toughness and self worth. If you persevere with something you start believing, you can do it.
That’s all it is – looking at things from a different viewpoint. It’s also about keeping calm and being in control rather than allowing emotion to take over.
The real secret is in making “failure” your friend rather than something you fear and run away from.
This is going to help you get over the obstacles and move on to create and build healthy habits which will take you to your end goal…lasting weight loss.
Let me know below if you’re one of those people who stops if the results aren’t as expected? Let me also know how you can make a positive out of a negative so you start changing interrupting the pattern.