Have you ever felt like you’re just not committed to your diet? You are not alone… Many of us feel like that at some point! And that is where it often all comes crashing down! If you are not committed, you will give in to the first big temptation!
Commitment is a weird thing though.. It does not feel tangible, it seems like a mystical force that comes and goes when it wants. We either feel it or we don’t… Right?
So how do we change that? How do we make it more ‘real’?
Turn Commitment Into Something Concrete!
Let’s turn commitment into something solid, something real, and most important, something that we can control!
Reframe what a lack of commitment means for you:
Usually, when we say we don’t feel committed to losing weight, what we really mean is:
This is too hard, I cannot do it anymore!
The real reasons are…
- We have lost focus on the ‘why’
- We have no plan to follow
- We are not held accountable for our results
We have focused some attention on the first 2 aspects already, so let’s look at the 3rd one…
Being held accountable is a key factor in making a commitment and sticking with it.
How can you hold yourself accountable and improve your commitment?
- Make an Emotional Investment… Make it Public! Research shows that those who make a public commitment are more likely to follow through with their goals. By making your goals public, you are emotionally investing in its outcome. Are you going to be rewarded with self-pride and a sense of accomplishment when others note your success? By sharing you are improving your odds of success by making more of an emotional investment in the outcome.
How do you do that?
- Tell others. Telling others about your weight loss goals will help you stay accountable. Tell your close family and friends, and even consider sharing them on social media. The more people you share your goals with, the greater the accountability. Starting a Program with a ‘buddy’ is also a part of this.
- Make it a financial ‘Investment’ . Borrowing a diet book from a friend, following the latest ‘one diet fits all’ fad from a magazine, or copying a diet from a colleague seems like a nice easy answer. This is a bad idea, not only because of the quality of the plan you will be following, but also because this requires nothing really of you… there is no real ‘investment ‘ from you. Think about it this way… If you have to pay cold hard cash for something, won’t you value it more than something just handed to you? And won’t you be telling yourself… I cannot give up, I have spent money on it already?
So, Invest in a personalized Program with decades of proven success (TLC-Program) … Buy those recipe books, get all the tools you need (ie scale)… You are more likely to follow through if you have made an investment which cements your commitment.
So, in a nutshell, invest emotionally and financially, tell everyone and buy the right Program!