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Here we are at Day 22 of the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon. Wow – time is flying!
Read the steps first, then take 10 minutes to think about and complete them. Ready?
What You Need:
- A willingness to look at yourself and your beliefs
The first step today is to realize that saying yes to your weight loss means saying no to other things and to other people’s priorities, at least some of the time.
And if the people in your life are especially demanding, then it may mean saying no rather a lot of the time.
Sometimes you’ll help out, of course. But if you come last on your priority list much of the time, then you need to realize the effect this may be having on your weight-loss success.
Before long, you forget what your priorities even are. They get lost in the maelstrom of everyone else’s needs.
If losing weight is a priority for you – and we discovered on Day 1 that it is – then it may be time to start saying no.
But before you can do that, you may need to change the way you look at things.
For most people, saying no is difficult. We see it as selfish. We’re uncomfortable putting our own priorities ahead of other people’s needs. So when our priorities get challenged, we give in.
So now we need to remind ourselves that in fact, sticking to your weight-loss guns is not selfish – it has all kinds of benefits that are surprisingly good for everyone:
- As you lose weight you’ll gain energy so you’ll have more to give others
- If you have kids, they’ll benefit from an excellent role model for persistence, goal setting, health and wellbeing – not to mention assertiveness!
- By standing up for yourself, you’ll gain the respect of colleagues, friends and family members
- When the people around you have to make other arrangements, it can help them develop their own independence and stand on their own two feet
- You’ll stop feeling resentful that your priorities are neglected, and this helps you to have better relationships
- You’ll be more fun to be around
- You’ll be happier, which boosts productivity at work and home
- You’ll like yourself more as you build up your assertiveness muscles
- If you’re using the needs of others as an excuse for not living your own life, then you’ll start living your own life more – and let them off the hook.
That’s a lot of great stuff for you and for the people around you!
So now, choose the benefit or benefits that most speak to you and – you guessed it! – write it/them on a post-it note and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.
Once you accept that it’s okay to protect your priorities and say no to certain demands, how do you do it – with grace? That’s what we’ll take action on tomorrow.
So… which benefit does it for you?
And you’re done!
See you tomorrow!