Developing a Healthy Mindset
In this stage our goal is to develop a healthy mindset. A healthy mindset serves the same purpose as a foundation to a building. A building is only as strong as the foundation it is built on. So, before you start working on any of the healthy habits it is critical that you first develop a healthy way of thinking that will support the development of all the healthy habits.
Action You Must Take In This Stage
1. Watch Welcome Video for Stage 1
2. Read Special Report on Healthy Mindset
3. Complete the 4 Exercises Below
Exercise #1: Daily Visualization
Practice the following mental exercise daily: Every night, when you lay down to go to sleep, imagine yourself already having the lean and healthy body you want. Already having developed all the healthy behaviors you needed to develop to lose weight and get in shape. See yourself going through a typical day following the new healthy behaviors perfectly and overcoming all temptations. Feel the way you would feel when you have the body and health that you want. See yourself explaining to others how you managed to lose all the weight and keep it off. See how proud your loved ones are of you and how good it feels to have finally lost the weight and have a lean and healthy body. Spend at least 5 minutes every night before going to sleep, visualizing yourself in the present moment, having the lean and healthy body you want. Successfully following all the healthy behaviors, you need to have. It is vital that you visualize in the present moment and not sometime in the future and try to truly feel, how would you feel when you have the lean and healthy body you want.
Remember, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot lose weight. It is all up to you. I am a firm believer that if you want something bad enough, there is always a way to obtain it.
Exercise #2: Daily Incantations
An incantation is an affirmation with emotion behind it. With an incantation, you don't just say the words; you must say the words with feeling. Put passion and emotion into them and say them out loud. You have to say the incantation as if it's already true. What you are doing with an incantation is reprogram your subconscious mind with a new belief.
Remember, your subconscious mind learns best through repetition and emotion. So, if you want your incantation to affect your subconscious mind, you must repeat it regularly every day as often as you can with feeling. If you want to learn more about incantations and why they work so well, check out Tony Robbins' books.
Here is a suggestion for an Incantation: "I am lean, healthy, and full of energy, and I follow all my healthy habits with ease."
The two main points to keep in mind with incantations are:
1) You must say them with emotion as if they were already true. It's a good idea to be standing, but seating with your back straight works just fine too.
2) You must repeat them every day, as often as you can, and for as long as you can. (The best time to do incantations is while driving. That is when I do mine.)
Exercise #3: Get Clear Why You Want to Lose Weight
Write down on a piece of paper or on your computer at least 10 reasons why you want to lose weight and get in shape. Then write a short paragraph about how you are going to feel when you have lost the weight, and how others might react when they see you lean and healthy. How good would that feel? Also, think about all the diseases that you are less likely to develop now that you are in shape. Be as descriptive as you can. Take a few minutes to read that paragraph to yourself every morning. This will help you stay focused on the reasons why you want to lose weight. Focus on what inspires you to lose weight, not what obstacles are in your way. I do this exercise myself, to help stay focused on my objectives in life. I highly recommend it. Remember, obstacles only get in your way if you let them. You can write in all your reasons below and just print this page out, or you can just do it on a piece of paper or on your computer.
Exercise #4: Maintain the Following Attitude As You Are Trying To Develop New Habits
When it comes to changing habitual behaviors, you must have the same attitude of a mother or father, teaching their child how to walk. I remember when my kids started to learn how to walk. They fell many times, but they always got up and tried again. My attitude towards my kids walking was that it was only a matter of practice before they master the art of walking. There was never a doubt, I just knew that sooner or later they will start to walk. I am sure this is how all parents feel, and 99.99% of the time, they are right.
This is the attitude I want you to have when it comes to developing each of the new healthy behaviors you will be learning in this guide. Never doubt that you might not be able to create a new habit. It’s only a matter of practice. Sooner or later, the new behavior will become habitual. Some behaviors you might find more natural to adapt and make habitual. Some you might find more difficult and might take you a little longer to adapt. At the end of the day, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot make habitual all the new behaviors you will be learning in this guide. It’s only a matter of practice. The great news is that once they become routine, no mental effort will be required to stick with them.
When to Move to The next Stage
Move to the next stage as soon as you watch the welcome video for stage 1, read the special report on Healthy Mindset and you completed the above 4 exercise.