Here' s something to think about: According to some theorists in the field of human behavior, motivation and personal accomplishment are more a result of what a person believes than what is true objectively.
In other words, what you believe you' re capable of helps determine what you will actually achieve. This is not the only thing that influences your ability to achieve, but it is a very important factor. You might call it self-confidence, the belief you have in yourself and your capabilities.
How does this relate to losing weight? Well, first of all you need to feel that you are competent enough to take the actions you need to take to lose weight. If you feel capable, it will help determine how much effort you put into it, and how much you will persevere when you encounter obstacles. Having confidence in your ability will help you maintain a strong commitment to your weight-loss goal.
OK. Here' s the big question. How do you get the self-confidence you need? A good way is to sharpen up your weight-loss skills. It' s "skillpower" that builds confidence.
What are these mysterious weight-loss skills?
Here are 10 important ones.
The ability to
handle your feelings without using excess food
forgive yourself for having a slip
get back on your weight-loss plan after you fall off
confront issues that cause your eating problems
be patient and allow for whatever time it takes
anticipate beforehand your high-risk eating situations
plan out your strategy for dealing with these situation
be flexible and alter your plans when necessary
ask for help and support when you need it
acknowledge and reward the steps you take on the way to your weight-loss goal
These are essential weight-loss skills. Practice until you feel confident, and you' ll be much more likely to achieve the weight loss you' re after.