Posted on 25 Feb 2015 Views 7373 Comments 14
Henry Ford (one of the most successful businessmen in the world) once said “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." Let’s face it Henry; life presents obstacles to most people on most days.
When you decide to achieve something you usually set a goal. Achieving your goal means that you have to overcome the obstacles that life throws at you, whilst staying focused on your goal AND remaining motivated.
In terms of weight-loss we’ll bet you recognise some of these obstacles:
At Slim & Save we are weight-loss experts. We have helped thousands of people just like you overcome obstacles and lose weight by setting realistic and achievable weight-loss goals.
Knowing how to work towards your goal is really important but so is keeping your eyes on the goal (yes, Henry Ford). In this feature we look at ways to set and achieve your goals whilst remaining focused AND motivated.
Firstly, lets think about what it is that motivates you to get up in the morning? Is it having a goal that makes you want to get out of bed? Do you have to set goals to go out to work, to visit the shops, wash the car or organise the kids for school? Err, no. Probably not. You do it without having to think too much even though you probably have to contend with a few obstacles. So what makes weight-loss goal setting different from doing what you do every day of the week?
It’s all down to mind-set. Things you do every day like go to work don’t require a goal because they are familiar to you and you don’t even have to think about the “can do”. On the other hand, people consider having a weight-loss goal as something that they want to do rather than something they can do. A “want to” is not as strong a mind-set as a “can do” – i.e. I WANT TO lose weight or I CAN lose weight! So here lies the challenge. How can you set goals that you know you “can” achieve as opposed to “want to” achieve?
Get support. Inviting your family and friends on your side is a huge advantage. They can provide encouragement and support that will help you through the most difficult periods of your weight-loss journey. Consider informing your friends and family of your desire to lose weight and your reason for doing so.
Slim & Save offers support to everyone on their weight-loss journey. We’ve got Telephone, Live Chat, Email/Ticket Support as well as Forums and Facebook. So if you don’t feel ready to share your feelings with your friends and family then talk to us.
Write down your goals. Think about how much you really want to lose weight? Make a list of all the reasons for wanting to lose weight e.g. for more energy, for health reasons, to look younger, for a special occasion, to run around with your kids - whatever you feel is relevant. Keep your list with you wherever you can and try to read it first thing every morning and last thing at night. Edit the list if your circumstances change. Positive reinforcement of your goals will compound the desire to achieve them.
Picture what success looks like. At spare moments during your day, take the time to visualise yourself at your target weight and size. Time spent queuing at a supermarket till or waiting for a train can provide you with an ideal opportunity to imagine what you will look like once you have achieved the goals that you have set. Visualise what you will look like in the clothing size you desire to be, how it will feel to be able to pull on the clothes you want to wear and how those clothes will fit you. Imagine the conversations you will have, what you will be saying and how other people will respond to you. Visualisation of you at your best can act as great motivation for achieving your goals.
Consider how others achieve their goals. The success stories of others can be really motivational to you. Reading how other people from all walks of life lost weight with Slim & Save can be truly inspirational. You can read our customer success stories of ordinary people who were determined to make something happen in their lives, set goals and achieved them. If you are feeling low, if you have a set-back on your weight-loss journey or need some inspiration, you can read these stories in order to help you focus on the way ahead. If they can do it, there’s nothing to stop you doing it too.
Record your success. As you begin achieving goals, it is important to keep a record of how you are doing. (Check out the weight tracker on this website). Record your weight and measurements and also include photos where possible. As you progress you will see that change is possible and you will develop a “can do” mindset. You could also put goal reminders on the fridge or the outside (or inside) of one of your food cupboards in the kitchen.
Remember, we are here to help you not only set your weight-loss goals but to achieve them – quickly and safely.
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