New year, new you!
After the festive season those new years resolutions and changes are in effect - to stop smoking, get in shape or take up a new hobby etc. No doubt it's a lucrative time for gyms out there with all those well-intentioned people signing up for fresh membership.
The New Year is often a time when motivation is high; however, as most of us are aware, that motivation often fades as the distractions of daily life bring other priorities.
So how can we stay motivated or create that motivation in the first place? Here are a few pointers.
Firstly, it's important to know what we want to achieve.
- First of all make sure that your goals are realistic. There's no point in attempting to run a marathon if we've spent the last 6 months in your living room playing World of Warcraft. Give yourself a realistic time frame to achieve your goal.
- State your goal in positive terms. Instead of wanting to lose weight, it can be much more effective to think of an appealing vision in the future of yourself at your ideal weight (for those of us wants to lose something) and then apply daily ways of living that can help to achieve that goal.
- It's all about seeing and really appreciating the benefits. Once we can really tune into the benefits of a different way of being, then motivation can increase.
Of course, for some it's just not that easy. Obesity in children and adults is increasing. Many people suffer from sugar addiction, overeat out of some emotional need or have lived an unhealthy lifestyle for so long that it can often seem impossible to change.
It is often the case that childhood programming needs to be adjusted, or emotional eating needs to be resolved in order for weight loss to be effective. After all, most young children eat when they are hungry and stop eating when they are full. It is when, at some point, that that normal state gets overwritten that eating problems begin.
Going on a diet can be effective in losing weight rapidly in the short-term, but for effective long-term weight loss lifestyle change is often necessary, coupled with new ways of thinking and being.
Also, how about making small changes in one of the following areas:
- in your environment
- in your behaviour
- by acquiring skills etc.
Experiment with new beliefs by imagining a new kind of identity: daydream that you already are the person you would love to be, already doing what you would love to do and noticing what that would feel like. This can be a powerful driver for the unconscious to begin creating those changes.
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About James Quinn
James Quinn DCH, DHP, GQHP, NRH, SNLP
James is a Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis and Licensed trainer of Integral Eye Movement Therapy.
He has been in private practice since 2006 and specialises in weight loss and stopping smoking at a clinic in Mill Hill.