Do You Have a Burning Desire to Lose Weight or Reduce Body Fat?
By Staff Member Mike Matthews
NOTE: This article is one of component parts of 9-step WTA3 program contained in ebook titled "The Action Path -Your Key to Success!" due out in 2005.
Do you have a Burning Desire?Do you have a burning desire to lose weight and reduce your body fat to 10%?
* Do you have a burning desire to get a flat, well-toned midsection?
* Do you have a burning desire to increase your net worth to $500,000?
* Do you have a burning desire to improve your personal relationships?
* Do you have a burning desire to start a business next year?
* Do you have a burning desire to reduce your credit card debt?
The key phrase is "Do you have a burning desire to...". We all have hopes, dreams, wants and wishes. Do you have a 'Burning Desire' to make right choices on a daily basis and take positive action steps toward your goals?
Let's start with a common goal of reducing body fat or losing weight. While losing weight is a more common goal, reducing body fat to your body's optimum level is better route to take. For this illustration, imagine you had a personal goal of losing 10 lbs in 30 days. Because you're smart, you know that losing weight can be accomplished by taking in fewer calories than you burn. This is a law of nature and makes logical sense. Even though we are aware of this basic principle, losing weight continues to be a difficult goal for many people to accomplish. Now question; do you really have a 'Burning Desire' to lose 10 lbs in 30 days? If you're like many, your answer is "...yes, I have a desire to lose weight..." but in reality you don't have a 'Burning Desire'.
To further illustrate our day-to-day choices and difference between a desire and a 'Burning Desire' let's pretend that you are two days into your diet and you're at your favorite hamburger restaurant for your usual lunch. What are you going to choose from menu? What choice are you going to make? * Will it be usual double cheeseburger, large fries and a soft drink?
* Will it be a double cheeseburger, small fries and a small soft drink?
* Will it be a single burger, no small fries and a diet soft drink?
* Will it be a burger (no bun), small salad (light dressing) and water?
* Will you leave your favorite hamburger restaurant and find a different place to eat?
Most will order usual lunch or might only cut down slightly. You might even justify it by convincing yourself that later in day you'll eat less, you'll exercise more at gym or you need all this food because you are 'starving'. By choosing to order usual lunch, you've made a choice to take action towards your goal of losing weight. Let me repeat in a slightly different way. By selecting usual lunch, you have made a (wrong) choice to take (a negative) action towards your goal of losing weight. Every minute of every day you have power, potential and intellect to make good choices that will help direct you to take positive actions towards meeting your goals. Will you succumb to a need for immediate gratification or can you delay it for a short period with your eye on prize, of a larger, more gratifying long-term goal.
Was choosing usual lunch right choice for you to meet your goal of losing weight? It probably wasn't best choice, but only you can make decision to make right choice. Your decision to eat a high calorie lunch was probably based on a short-term craving and need for immediate gratification. After meal, you've met your short-term craving but you've moved farther away from your long-term goal of losing 10 lbs. You need to be aware that your day-to-day choices are often based on a superficial need to satisfy your immediate gratification. When short-term wins over long-term, it shows that your immediate gratification cravings have registered more votes in your brain. Your objective it to move pendulum; make your long-term goals register more votes so you will automatically start taking more consistent and positive action steps. You need to create a 'Burning Desire' to make long-term win over short-term.
Stop reading and take your first positive action step to create a 'Burning Desire'. You can apply this technique to any goal. 1. List at least 6 reasons why you want to attain a weight loss goal (or any other goal). List both positive reasons (I want to look good for Caribbean vacation) and negative reasons (I can't fit into my pants). Positive reasons are "What will I get if I attain this goal". Negative reasons are "What will happen if I don't attain this goal".
2. Next to each reason you listed above, write a short, visual description of that reason. It's important that you visualize your reasons. If one of your reasons is "...I can't fit into these pants...", describe this visualization as a picture with your stomach hanging over edge of your belt or waistband. Make sure you complete this visualization description for each reason. As you go through this visualization process you may start thinking of more reasons - go ahead jot them down on your list.
3. Take 10-15 minutes and read your 6 (or more) reasons along with your visualization descriptions. Which one or two reasons trigger most emotionally energized response?
4. Take top 1,2 or 3 emotionally energized reasons, write them down on a business card size piece of paper and place them in your wallet, purse, desk and/or car. For next 3-5 days, take out this card and read reasons and visualization description out loud.
5. By end of 3-5 days, if you still get emotionally energized and excited; congratulations, you now have created your own 'Burning Desire'.