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Mindset "Shortcuts" for Sticking With Your Weight Loss Plan

Because getting in shape is just as much, if not more, a mental and emotional process as it a physical one. Even if you get the physical results, you still need to make sure that you make the changes needed in your mind and emotions so that your new behaviors stick.

But of course, there's always the question: "How can you create a mindset that will help you to stick with your weight loss plan in the first place?"

If you're burning up to learn this secret, that this might be one of the most important things you'll ever read...

First, Motivation is Both Positive and Negative

Many people who try to create a mindset for getting in shape only make use of the positive thoughts and emotions: having a great body, having a lot of energy, looking good naked etc. And of course, these can provide you with a powerful source of motivation and inspiration...but some days, they just aren't enough to keep you motivated and sticking with your plan.

That's where the power of negative thoughts and emotions come in. Yes, negative thoughts and emotions have power. Just think of how motivating fear is when it comes to defending your life or even running away from something that you fear. In fact, just imagine how much easier it would be to go jogging everyday if you had a steamroller at your heels.

In other words, negative energy is energy just as positive energy is. The question is whether or not it's actually driving you towards actions which will support your commitment. In fact, when you think about it, positive thoughts can actually keep you from sticking with your commitment.

After all, if you sit in front of the TV every night and say: "I've been doing good with my weight loss plan, I'll be fine if I take a few days off...I've earned it." You might be thinking positive thoughts and patting yourself on the back, but you're still not sticking with your commitment.

So the bottom line is that if you want to stay motivated to stick with your plan, you need to learn to use both positive and negative energy...

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Harnessing Both Positive and Negative Energy

You've probably already come up with several reasons why you want to get into shape, but it's important that you write ALL of them down and keep them in a place where you'll see them every day.

It's not enough to just know why you're doing what you're doing...writing things down will solidify your commitment and give you a way to remind yourself of what's important and why.

In addition to this, if you haven't made a dream board with some visual reminders of what you want, and put it somewhere that you can see it every day. This will help you to keep your mindset focused on the positive things that you're hoping to gain from getting in shape. But that's only half of the story...

Now it's time to come up with several reasons why you want to get in shape, based on what negative consequences that you want to avoid. For example, what are the potential consequences of being overweight? How might your health and longevity be affected later in life? What kind of opportunities will you miss out on to spend time with the people who you love?

Do some research into the grim realities of heart disease, diabetes, gangrenous limbs (caused by diabetes), sleep apnea, erectile dysfunction and any other negative health consequences you can think of. As you do this, your fear of these things will drive you to do something to prevent them from happening.

Together with the momentum caused by your positive desires, the fear and disgust of these negative consequences will make you a furious and determined ball of passion and motivation.

Most important, start this process right now...before you have the chance to put it off and attain success in losing weight...

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