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If you have not read my previous weeks update, you can read it here.
The purpose of publishing my challenge is to keep myself accountable and inspire others into taking action. I will also tell the truth about my progress and I will share with you all the difficulties I faced during this 16 weeks.
Last week is not a great week for me. I went to Taiwan for a 5 days vacation and my diet and exercise regime crashed totally. This broke my momentum.
I thought that I will be able to restrain myself from gorging all the delicious snacks I can find in Taiwan but I failed miserably. I had broken every rules of dieting by eating processed food (rice, bread etc), fried foods and foods that have high sugar content. Did I mention over eating?
Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. It is somehow true for me in this scenario. I remember that I had read something similar in the book Body For Life by Bill Philips. He had mentioned that there would be time when things just do not go according to plan.
Now I know what he is talking about.
I am at week 7 of my fitness challenge and I can tell you that I am not feeling confident of showing you the results at the end of 16 weeks. There are serious doubts in my mind. However, I will not quit now and I will keep on moving forward regardless of what happened.
What Have I Learned And Introducing You The “System Reset”
One important point that I have picked up is life always surprises you when you are least prepared. Nevertheless, one cannot control the little surprises life have in store for you. All you can do is to handle it in the best possible way you can think of.
You should also be able to do a “system reset” to help you keep on moving forward. There is a high tendency to beat yourself up after screwing up. This action does not help you to move any where towards your goal. Performing a “system reset” will help to recalibrate your mindset into a right frame of mind so that you can keep on moving towards your goal.
To perform a system reset, you need to be aware of your thoughts. Negative thoughts tend to surface when you made mistakes. These thoughts act like an anchor and weigh you down. The first thing you need to do is to stop thinking about them and replace them with other thoughts.
The Art Of Distraction And The Art Of Focusing On Positive Outcomes
It is hard to stop yourself thinking about negative thoughts. I make it easier by using the art of distraction and the art of focusing on positive outcomes.
One way that I normally use to distract myself away from negative thoughts includes listening to personal development audio books. (Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn etc) Audio books created by powerful personal development teachers contain great ideas. I will be so busying absorbing the great ideas from the material and I will be so distracted away from my negative thoughts.
It helps to focus on positive outcomes. I believe most of you have your desired outcomes or goals in place. You should write it on a piece of paper. Most of you may have done these 2 steps but there is one more step that you need to take.
It is visualizing your goals in pictures.
It is hard to generate intense emotion when I am reading my goals on a piece of paper. It makes a lot of difference when I form mental images of my goals. The intensity of my emotion is much stronger and the desire to achieve is also intensified.
You can do a little experiment here. Write the word “lemon” on a piece of paper and read it. Observe whether you salivate more. There shouldn’t be much difference.
Now we will use a different approach. Think about the lemon. Use images and make it as vivid as possible. Think about how the lemon will smell. Grab the lemon in your mind, cut it into half and visualize the taste on your tongue. Think about how sour the lemon juice is.
Your body will believe that the lemon that you visualized is real and hence you salivate more when you form the mental pictures of lemon.
Back to the art of focusing on positive outcomes. If you are reading your goals from a piece of paper, I don’t think it will generate much emotion. You can self motivate yourself by visualizing your goals using mental images. You can use a vision board to help you in this process.
By using the art of distraction and focusing on positive outcomes, you can drastically reduce the amount of time you spent thinking about negative thoughts. Your thoughts generate emotion and your emotion determines your action.
When you feel good about yourself, you tend to take more action. When you feel bad and negative about yourself, you tend to procrastinate and idle.
Once you are able to perform a system reset by learning how to focus on positive outcomes and distract yourselves away from negativity, you will be able to keep on moving forward towards your goals without fail.
P.S: If you have any questions, feel free to add a comment in the comment section below.