I spent the last couple weeks going through my email to identify where MOST people are running into the most trouble reaching their goals. The two words that jumped out at me most often were “motivation” and consistency”.
I started thinking about the process of creating consistency and motivation and how I could really help you hone those skills. Ultimately, there’s no food rules or goals that are valuable without recurring consistency & motivation.
In today’s episode I share 3 very specific strategies for creating consistency and motivation. One of them is related to what I’m calling a “Motivation Mixtape”. Definitely listen to the episode, but you can get your “mixtape” files by clicking the not-so-subtle button below.
Creating Consistency and Motivation
This minisode is all about creating consistency & motivation. I start by sharing what is known as The Paradox of the Growing Heap or the Sorites Paradox.
It goes like this: If ten coins are not enough to make a man rich, what if you add one coin? What if you add another? Finally, you will have to say that no one can be rich unless one coin can make him so.
When it comes to fat loss, we see our choices as that one, insignificant coin. We justify excuses and exceptions by telling ourselves that this one small choice or action doesn’t matter.
It’s just one cookie.
It’s just drink.
It’s just one day.
But, if we shift our perspective to consider the growing heap, we understand that we have the opportunity to grow our heap or not. We have the opportunity to reinforce good habits or bad.
In an of itself that one choice might not seem significant. But without that one choice, you can’t accumulate the consistency you need for results.
Here’s the challenge I have for you:
- Get a large jar
- Every time you make a choice that moves you towards you goals, I want you to add one item to the jar. You can use a grain of rice, a dried bean or a coin.
- Every time you make a choice that moves you away from your goals, I want you to remove one item for your jar.
Here’s the theory behind that: we humans like to see immediate results. Unfortunately, with health & fat loss, we often have to generate consistency before we’ll ever see results. If we don’t see immediate return on our efforts, we’ll often give up. Then we’re sure to NEVER get there.
This jar will be the visible, tangible representation of your efforts, or lack thereof.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin