Here’s something interesting—and powerful—for all you women interested in losing a lot of weight.
Take your choice. Do you want to learn how to lose a lot of weight? —or—Do you want to lose a lot of weight, with six months as your weight-loss goal?
Which one did you pick? Most people make the second choice. Research, however, shows that making the first choice is the one that is more likely to get you to your goal of losing a lot of weight.
It’s a learning goal, which means it’s a goal you set, consciously or unconsciously or both, to acquire new knowledge and skill, and to increase your competence.
Learning goals have the following benefits:
Help you to persist
Make you want to master it
Increase your effort
Maintain your motivation
More easily accept challenges
Get you to be enthusiastic
Make you believe that through working harder you will master it
Make you believe that through finding new strategies you will master it
When faced with difficulty, you continue to expect the outcome you want
When faced with frustration and defeat, you increase or change your effort
They are intrinsically motivating— you want to do it for the sake of doing it
Your greater enjoyment of learning how leads to doing it in your spare time
Your greater enjoyment of learning how leads to doing better at it in the future
Wow! What a list.