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5 Steps to Mindful Self-Motivation

Friday, December 11, 2009

Not sure where I got this but thought I would share it anyway. I read it almost daily.

The 5 Steps to Mindful Self-Motivation

Here are the five things you need to do to turn off your autopilot and keep yourself in decision-making mode:

#1 STOP. Whenever you find yourself reaching for something to eat, putting something on your grocery list/cart, or talking to yourself about what to do with the next chunk of time, just STOP for a minute ----don't do anything until you give yourself a chance to decide what you really want to do.

#2 THINK. What do you want/hope to accomplish with this choice you're about to make? What's the best thing you can do in this situation to help yourself accomplish that? How do you think you'll feel after you've chosen any of the options you're considering? Are you willing to choose the option you think will make you feel best afterwards, or is some other factor more important to you at the moment? Be honest and open with yourself --- don't just include the goals or intentions you think you should have. If what you really want right now is to do a little comfort eating, or give yourself a lttle treat that's not on your menu, or take a nap instead of exercising, just say so --- no rationaliztions or excuses necessary or allowed.

#3 EXECUTE. Once you know what you want to accomplish with the particular choice, and have decided on the best way to make this happen, just do it. And recognize that it's YOU making the decision and taking action --- not the food, or the couch, or the situation, or the other people involved, or your genes.

#4 PAY attention to the results. Did your choice give you the results you expected? Did it make you feel the way you thought it would? Is this something you'd be happy to do again? If not, what can you change to get the results you're hoping for?

#5 START over again at #1. Take what you've learned and use it to help you figure out what to do next time you have a similar decision to make. Repeat this process as necessary --- and it's ALWAYS necessary.

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  • ANEPANALIPTI
    Thank you for sharing this!
    3998 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2009 3:43:46 PM
  • CITYZOZO
    great blog! how are you? christmas is almost here...zo
    3999 days ago
  • BIG_SCOTS_LASS
    This is very good advice. I need to follow it more often. I do stop and think things through on occasion, but very often it's mindless or I just say "f*ck it!" and sod the consequences. I'd probably have been even more successful this year, not just in losing weight, but in other areas of my life, if I'd followed this advice.

    Thanks for posting. I've "Liked" this.
    3999 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2112467
    Now, if I would just do this!
    3999 days ago
  • BETWEENUS
    What a wonderful reminder. I love it. Thanks!!!!

    It works for so many goals as well, like sitting on my duff instead of exercising - just change the wording a wee bit.
    4000 days ago
  • YAMINOKODOMO
    Thanks for sharing! I kinda do that when it comes to cake lol I have a sweet tooth and so I always have to sort of put all those steps in mind!
    4000 days ago
  • JUDITHBEAST
    This is a great breakdown of making a decision in any aspect, not just weight loss. Love it!!!
    4000 days ago
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