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For you, is weight loss a matter of performance or skills mastery

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:56am

Through research on goals, psychologists found that people whose goals have to do with performing well, feel more helpless when they run up against difficulty than people whose goals are to master new information or skills. This latter group is more likely to increase their efforts to learn when they face difficulty.

Let's see how this relates to you and your weight loss goal.

If you can let go of the goal to lose 30 lbs, and in it's place substitute a goal of learning new ways of relating to food and eating, you'll have a much better chance of getting through the difficulties that arise and also of reaching your goal.

It works like this. If you judge your success only by whether you stay perfectly on your diet, or whether you've lost a certain amount at a certain time, you will probably lose hope if these things don't happen when you want them to. Instead, if you can judge your success by how much you're learning along the way, your new learning will encourage you to keep working toward your goal.

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