Take a page from The Little Engine That Could. Thinking you can do it is so important for successful weight loss and for weight-loss maintenance as well. If you think this way about yourself, you will have more success in organizing and carrying out the weight-loss activities you need to reach your weight-loss goals.
Thinking you can do it doesn’t mean that you can be unrealistic about your capability. Nor does it mean that just putting a positive spin on your weight-loss efforts will cut the mustard. You have to really and truly think you can do it.
So what if you don’t think this way? What then? How do you get some of this “thinking you can do it” stuff? Well, to be flip, you go out and get you some.
Where do you get what you need so you have this kind of confidence in your ability to lose unwanted weight and then keep the weight off?
You can get this kind of self-confidence from previous successes, either in the weight-loss process itself or in some other life endeavor. Evaluating your emotional reactions and seeing that a difficult weight-loss step you’ve taken or are anticipating taking is not as stressful as you imagined can lift your confidence about taking other weight-loss steps as well. Watching others succeed at similar tasks is still another source for gaining confidence that you can do it too. Going right along with this, other people believing that you have what it takes to reduce your weight is yet another basis for believing that you are indeed capable.
There you have it. Thinking you can do it. It’s importance and where you can get it if you don’t have it.