Want to be more successful? Ignore your feelings, and listen to your gut.

Do you want to know the secret to success? Here it is; ignore your feelings and listen to your gut. Successful people discipline themselves to do what unsuccessful people fail to do. Discipline is the foundation of all good habits, because it gives us the push we need to take the actions we know in our gut will lead to our long-term success and happiness. Discipline is the source that all good habits spring from. There are two fundamental differences between good habits and bad habits. The first is that good habits seldom provide instant gratification, while bad habits almost always do. The second is that good habits move us towards our long term goals and lead to great achievements and long term happiness, while bad habits sabotage our success and the immediate joy that bad habits bring are fleeting and often lead to feelings of regret afterwards. Abraham Lincoln said, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” I couldn’t agree more.

Why don’t we do what we know we should? It’s because we are waiting to feel like doing it. We are waiting to feel like getting-up early and going running. Successful people don’t wait to feel like doing something. Do you really think that successful people feel like getting up an hour early to work out before going to work? Do you think successful dieters feel like logging their food, which is very easy using the MyFitnessPal app, but you wound know that until you do it. No they don’t feel like doing it, but they have the discipline to do it.

“Don’t wait until you feel like taking positive action. Take the action and then you will feel like doing it.” – Zig Ziglar

Do you think successful athletes only workout when they feel like it. More often than not they don’t feel like it, but they ignore their feelings and do it any way. What do you think the just, in the Nike slogan “Just Do It” is referring to? The slogan acknowledges our hesitation to do what we should do. It acknowledges it, and says do it anyway.

Our minds have been hardwired to keep us alive and propagate the species. If you only followed your feelings, your days would be filled with eating, sleeping, and making babies. Not exactly a recipe for success. As Mel Robbins, Author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage often says, our minds have been hardwired to protect us. The moment you hesitate to take an action you perceive as difficult, your mind will immediately begin to magnify the danger to prevent you from placing yourself at risk. This cognitive bias, which magnifies our fears and discomfort, is called the spotlight effect. She says you can overcome this mechanism that holds you back by preventing you from taking the difficult actions that will move you forward with a simple trick. To interrupt this habit of procrastination, she recommends you count backward from five. The act of counting backward, 5-4-3-2-1, is a deliberate action that requires focus. It interrupts the habit of procrastination. Use it as a countdown to action: 5-4-3-2-1-move.

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Ignore your feelings and do what you know in your gut you should do. Use her 5 second rule to take control of your life. These moments of hesitation are moments of huge power; moments when leaning into an action instead of backing away from it will change your life. Moments when your inner voice and instincts are telling you what you should do. Mel says if you let your feelings dictate your actions you will rob yourself of joy and opportunity. Many of the actions we need to take are difficult and uncomfortable. If you let feelings decide your actions, you will deprive yourself of growth, opportunity, and happiness. Growth and advancement are almost always the results of taking on new challenges, overcoming fear, and risking failure. If you let your fears and feelings determine your actions, you will be safe and comfortable, but you will never feel joy or experience growth. Conquering fears and overcoming challenges can be scary and daunting, but they also make us feel great about ourselves when we triumph over them. We feel like winners. Will you experience failures and setbacks, sure, everyone does, but failures teach us lessons and make us better.
My advice to you is to ignore your feelings and discipline yourself to take action by applying her 5 second rule. Take control of your life. Success requires we make good decisions. Success requires we consistently do all the little things we know in our gut we should, whether we feel like it or not. Many of these actions aren’t difficult to do, but as Jim Rohm liked to say, “What is easy to do is easy not to do.” These little things aren’t significant by themselves. Choosing to drink a glass of water instead of a soda one day will not make a difference in how you look and feel, but over the course of a year, it could help you lose 30-pounds. Living a disciplined lifestyle becomes less challenging as these new behaviors become habit, and eventually a lifestyle. Start today. There is no better time than now.
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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

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Technology is a Great Servant, but a Terrible Master

Technology can save us a lot of time, but it can also rob us of our focus. Constantly looking at your phone, or checking your email will make you much less productive at work. When you are working on an important project, you should close your email and ignore your phone. Every time you allow yourself to be distracted, you lose valuable time. Every time you change your focus, your mind has to reorient itself to what you were doing before the distraction.

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A useful analogy is an assembly line. If you are producing multiple products, you would finish producing the first product, before producing any other products because you would have to retool your assembly line before you began production of the second item. Your mind has to retool itself every time you change focus. This is very inefficient and hurts your productivity. 

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Most time management experts recommend you limit checking email to once or twice a day to avoid its disruptive effects. The worst thing you can do each day when you get to work is check your email, but that is what most people do. That is why I use the Delay Delivery option in Outlook to deliver my emails that require action to arrive in people’s inbox first thing in the morning. That way my email will be at the top of their inbox. They will be more likely to respond quicker than if it were at the bottom of their email inbox because I had sent it the previous evening.  

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The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limits, including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set Point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

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Constantly Searching for the Perfect Program is Procrastination

There are always new diet and exercise programs claiming to be the most effective. It’s important to realize there are no perfect diet or exercise programs. Most people already know more than enough to get in great shape.

        Constantly searching for the perfect program is essentially an act of procrastination. All you really need to know to lose body fat is:

1)  Eat less

2)  Move more

3)  Lift heavy stuff, so you can build and maintain muscle.

Instead of procrastinating by searching the web for the perfect program; I recommend you use that time to log your food using the MyFitnessPal, tracking your movement with an activity tracker, and hitting the weights two to three times a week focusing on basic compound movements like the squat, deadlift, presses, and rows.

I know I have oversimplified what it takes to get in shape in this post, but most people are overcomplicating it. Stop looking, stop planning, and start executing. Getting in shape isn’t complicated.

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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 The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Why Creating a Sense of Urgency is so Important

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People, like organizations, find making change easier when faced with a crisis. If you or someone close to you has had a health scare related to being overweight, it could be your call to action. These crises create a sense of urgency, but we don’t have to manufacture a crisis to create a sense of urgency. Effective leaders set stretch goals for their organization that need to be reached within a specified timeframe. A goal needs to have a deadline. A deadline helps create a sense of urgency.  It helps establish priorities and prevents procrastination.  After setting goals they look at leading and lagging indicators. Lead indicators are daily actions we can take to achieve our long term goal, measured by lag indicators. For example, generating sales leads might be a lead indicator, while the lag indicator would be an increase in sales revenue. Fat loss lead indicators are your daily caloric intake and total daily protein intake. The lag indicators are your weekly bodyweight averages and average body fat percentages.

I have always gotten in my best condition when I had a specific event or competition I was preparing for at the time. If you don’t have a competition or event, you are preparing for you can create one. Here are some examples that can create the sense of urgency that makes change easier:

1)    Lose 10 pounds of body fat before your 10-year college reunion in 12 weeks.

2)    Compete in a body transformation contest, like Body-for-Life or the Lean Body Challenge.

3)    Lose 12 pounds before a professional photo shoot you have scheduled with your spouse in three months.

4)    Lose 20 pounds before your scheduled vacation to Hawaii in four months.

5)    Lose 15 pounds while you prepare for the MS 150 Bike Ride.

6)    Lose 20 pounds before a yearly dinner party you have planned with family or college friends.

These are just a few examples of the types of goals you can set to create the necessary sense of urgency needed to make change easier. Think big. The bigger your goal the more motivated you’ll be to go after it every day. The higher a priority it will be to you. The less likely you’ll be to procrastinate. The more fuel you’ll have to grind it out, day after day. Seeing yourself achieving your compelling goal is going to push you to make it a reality. Imagine how great it’s going to feel once you accomplish your goal. I like to envision a naysayer, a real or imagined person, that’s hoping I’ll fail. I channel my anger toward that person into my workouts with an “I’ll prove you wrong” mentality. I adopt a “you don’t know me” attitude. You don’t know how determined I am. I like to imagine their dismay when they discover I have beaten their predictions. “Success is the best revenge,” Ed Sheeran.

Commit yourself to your goal. In the examples given, register for your event or race in advance, purchase your airplane tickets, book hotel reservations, schedule the photography session, etc. You can sign-up for a one-year gym membership, which often saves you money over month-to-month memberships. You can sign-up for personal training sessions and share your goals with your trainer. This will further commit you and create an additional layer of accountability. The crucial thing is that you create a real sense of urgency. Establishing a sense of urgency will provide you with the motivation you need to stick to the program and overcome temptation. When you are tempted to eat a piece of birthday cake at the office or skip a planned workout. You will remember that your event is only a few weeks away, you have made a significant financial commitment, and you need to keep making progress toward your goal. Letting supportive friends and family know about your plans can also help you commit.

Make the decision. In Latin, decision literally translates to “a cutting off.” Decide. Commit. Cut off all other options. Cut off the excuses. Cut off the negative people in your life. Cut off procrastination. Cut off laziness.  In the military we say a unit is decisively engaged when it cannot retreat or advance. It must stand and fight or parish. Decide. Commit yourself. Commit, like Captain Cortes did by burning the boats. After his eleven ships carrying 600 Spaniards landed on the shores of Veracruz in 1519, he immediately gathered his men and ordered the boats be burned. By eliminating their only means of escape, he left them with only two options; succeed or die.  There is no better time than now.  Tony Robins says, “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken action. If there’s no action, you haven’t really decided. If you want to take the island, then burn the boats. With absolute commitment come the insights that create real victory.”

 

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Are you ready to reboot and reset your relationship with food and exercise? Most programs focus on the mechanics of weight loss, but fail to adequately address the psychology of change required. Most people know more than enough about nutrition and exercise to lose weight, but fail to take action. This book takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger.

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

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Book Introduction

 The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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