Think carefully before you make a decision.
But there are situations where conscious, deliberate decision-making falls short. The conscious decisions you make when dieting and trying to lose the weight may fall into this category.
Here’s how. “I have decided to stay on my weight-loss diet plan by being more careful about what I eat.” How many times have you heard this? The intention is there. Maybe even the effort is there. But yet the dieter fails. Why is this?
A conscious, deliberate decision in this case probably doesn’t do justice to all that is affecting this person’s ability to keep to her weight-loss diet plan. In fact, almost by it’s very nature the conscious, deliberate decision gives the dieter a false feeling of having done the problem justice.
Try this instead. See what you need weight-loss help with. Make sure it’s important to you. Then take some time off mentally from this problem. Don’t look for a solution. Let your mind go on to other matters. Enjoy your day, and see what happens when you return to your weight-loss problem at some other time.
You might be surprised to find that, “without thinking”, at least consciously, you’ve come up with a great analysis of your problem that leads directly to a viable solution.
Psychological research on the benefits of thinking unconsciously supports this method.