“Have I put the same amount of time and effort into thinking about solutions as I have into listing the problems?” I saw this quote and thought it was interesting because our human nature normally thinks about the negative. We will think more about problems in our weight loss efforts then about anything else.
This blog is about both stating the problems and searching for solutions. We don’t always find a solution to a problem, but at least we are thinking about it. So many of our diet problems are motivational in nature. The diet or the exercise is not the problem. Maybe some may have scheduling problems, but there are solutions to those kinds of problems.
We spend time thinking about all the excuses we have developed over the years concerning our weight loss challenges. We think of all the reasons we have failed and carry them forward with us.
Yesterday is gone. Today is a new day. We need to release all the old problems and just look at today. What challenges do I face today? There will be challenges whether they are logistical, such as an appointment near lunch or mental, such as stress over finances caused by a letter from the IRS today. There are fewer problems if we just consider today. The solutions will also be easier. A different mindset exists between people who always dwell on the problems and those who think about solutions and yet that isn’t enough.
Then there are those who go past thinking to implementation. It’s easy to sit on the couch figuring out what we could do, and actually doing it. I’ve probably just defined motivation. To call something motivation, it must result in appropriate action. A solution unimplemented is no solution at all. We have wasted our time both thinking about the problem and the solution.
So push past thinking about the problem, to thinking about the solution, to action. The more times your thinking results in action, the greater chance of weight loss success.