• Michael Mclaren

Why Do You Want To Lose Weight?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

We're approaching the end of January now, and it's fair to say there are probably a few resolutions that are up in smoke already.

And that's ok.

I've lost count of the number of New Years Resolutions that I've made, that didn't see February.

Come to think of it, I don't think I actually ever stuck to any..

It was the usual stuff though.

Going for a run every morning, no more junk food, losing weight, going to the gym..

(I'm going back a few years now, when going to the gym was completely alien to me..)

You could probably attach those same resolutions to A LOT of other people too.

Because, well, they're fairly generic. They're the kind of goals that shoot straight to the front of your mind when you read or hear the words "New Years Resolution".

They're absolutely fine goals to have too I believe. The only issue I have, is the possibility that too many of us are just simply reverting to type.

The potential is there that we're defaulting to these generic goals, because it's as if we feel that's what we're supposed to be doing.

I know that was certainly the case with me.

It's something I continue to challenge with anyone who comes to me for any help or guidance to reach a certain goal.

The whole "Find Your Why" thing certainly does it's rounds on Social Media nowadays, but it really is I believe, one of the keys, to that liberating feeling you only get when chasing something you truly want.

It's at least something to think about, right?!

Is your goal at this minute to lose weight? Ask yourself why?

If the answer is "just because...", then give yourself some more time to think.

Or, consider the possibility that you really aren't that bothered about losing weight?

Both are absolutely fine!

Sometimes, the deep rooted reason of why we're trying to embark on change, can be surprising to even ourselves.

But, it truly is one of the most game changing ways to facilitate change.

Finding out your "Why" gives it purpose. It gives you something to reflect on when things aren't quite going your way, and it'll more than likely give you that extra bit of grit when you come across any setbacks.

Let's not run the risk of chasing goals we're really not that bothered about.

Let's not run the risk of reinforcing negative thought patterns, through failure to achieve goals that we don't really want.

The best way to do this, is to be honest with ourselves, and ask ourselves why?

Why do we want this?

Why is it important to us?

Why is failing this not an option?

You can even approach it from the other side, and really try to picture life without this goal.

What happens if nothing happens?

It may not come straight away.

But, I truly believe, that spending some time now on making sure you REALLY want what you're setting out to achieve, gives you the absolute best chance of ensuring you succeed!

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