We all struggle at some point in our lives. We struggle with anything that is Good for us. Whether it’s getting to work on time, getting a higher Education, Remaining faithful in a relationship or Sticking to your Diet, We all struggle.
It’s Human Nature to do what we want to do. From as far back as biblical Adam and Eve, we’ve always wanted to Live Free, do every and anything, YOLO, etc. It’s no surprise that the most successful companies over the past decade are the ones that exploit our need to do whatever we want.
“Drink Diet Sodas and Lose Weight!”
“Work From Home and Make $3,000”.
“Eat Anything You Want and still Lose Weight!”.
We live in a society that wants to have their cake and eat it too. Which brings me to why you are struggling to lose weight: No Focus, No Discipline and certainly too many distractions. I know, It’s hard to hear, but sometimes the hard truth needs to be said.
With all the information out there on how to lose weight (Yes, and this is adding to that, I know) It’s easy to get what I call, “Information overkill”. There’s always a new amazing routine or product that will help you to lose weight, but no matter what the product or workout routine is, none of it will matter if you don’t have FOCUS, DISCIPLINE and DETERMINATION
You Have No Defined Goals
What do you want to achieve? Is it Getting rid of your Belly Fat? weight on your arms? Legs? Whatever it is, it’s important that you have a plan and focus on your goals. Write down what you want to accomplish and stick to it. Don’t make the mistake of changing your plan every week because of some information that you read online or heard from a friend. The only way to lose weight is through consistency!
You Lack Discipline
“Discipline is the assertion of willpower over more base desires”. I could just stop right now and move on to the next point because that one sentence sums up exactly why most of us struggle so much. You have no control over your base desires. You want to have your cake, eat it, and still lose 10 pounds. Learn to recognize your cravings, your stress points, your weaknesses. Be honest about them and learn to deal with them. without self-discipline, no amount of workout or pills will make you lose weight.
There’s No way around it. Losing Weight Takes Discipline
Too many Distractions
“New Craze in Weight loss that will make you lose a zillion pounds 30 minutes from now!!”
I suspect that this is what Weight Loss ads will be like in the next couple years because the amount of time that passes between the next best thing and the next, NEXT best thing is ridiculously short these days. In addition to that, research has shown that the Human attention span has moved from 12 minutes to just 5 minutes in the last decade! This means that we cannot concentrate on anything without getting bored. Social Media is to be blamed of course; 30 second Vine videos, 160 word Tweets, Facebook videos showing something silly every minute of the day. It is getting harder and harder to concentrate on just one thing.
Map out your routine,
Set reminders, timers, schedules.
When working out, mute your phone.
Put in your earplugs or turn on some music and block out the social world, even if it’s just for 30 minutes.
With all of that said, once you’ve identified what exactly you need to do to meet your goals, the rest becomes that much easier. To help you over that bump, here are some great reading materials you can check out that will certainly help you set your goals, focus on them and become more Disciplined.