Success May Be Closer Than
You ThinkBy Dr. Frank B. Smoot, DD, MA -
GHF's Success & Personal
Believe it or not, the simple fact that you
are reading this page makes a powerful and positive statement about you.
Here's why: We are now in the midst of the worst obesity epidemic in
history. An alarming 71% of us are now overweight, and it's getting worse every
day. But while most people seem to be responding with inaction, confusion, or
denial, here you are, actively seeking solutions.
Why is that
so important? Because it's an unmistakable sign that you have the core
requirement for winning at fitness: The ability to generate internal
Success Is ALL About Motivation
Countless research studies have made it
crystal clear that the single most important factor in fitness success is
motivation. Of course, what you eat and how you exercise are also
central components of your success. Developing an appropriate (for you) program
of what to eat, when to eat it, and how and when to exercise is absolutely
But without the proper motivation, you just won't do
what you know you should do. And as we all sooner or later discover,
knowledge without action produces...nothing.
The crucial link that
turns knowing into doing is motivation. But the only
motivation that counts is your own internal motivation. If you only have
external motivation pushing you toward healthy behaviors (a dedicated
fitness instructor, a "rah-rah" one-day workshop, or a nagging spouse), you're
just not going to make it.
In fact, external motivation tends to
create resentment in us, which usually makes us want to "be bad." That's why
your motivation needs to be internally generated.
one more piece to this puzzle, and it may be the most important piece of
The Hidden Factor That Turns "Effort"
You see, we all have internal motivation
-- of one kind or another. But too many us have the kind that prevents
us from reaching our goals instead of helping us achieve them. You know what
I'm talking about...the kind of motivation that makes us reach for that second
helping of mashed potatoes, or make the midnight raid on the fridge.
Everything we do (and don't do) in our lives is the result of our own
motivations. But some of our motivations are self-supportive, while others are
self-sabotaging. When we have conflicting motivations, the stronger one
always wins. And when your self-sabotaging motivations are stronger,
you're going to end up doing things you'll later regret. (Sound familiar?)
Why would any intelligent person let that happen? Why don't we simply
make ourselves do what we know is right? Because intelligence isn't
part of the equation! The real decisions about what we will and won't do
are being made at levels we don't even know about, let alone have any conscious
Even if you're a genius, it won't help you -- because
your brilliant conscious mind isn't going to be invited to the "summit table"
where your real-world behaviors are being decided on. You won't even be
The result is that your conscious desires, no matter how
healthy they may be, have no meaningful control over many of your behaviors.
That's why will power is really no power at all. You can't
overpower motivations you don't even know are there!
What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You -- And
May Be Doing So Right Now!
The greatest problem that faces us, as far
as our motivations are is concerned, is that we're simply unaware of so
many of them. Now, this is hardly a new discovery. Freud pointed it out more
than a century ago.
But knowing about it doesn't make it any less of a
problem. In fact, it should make us realize that this is the one problem we
most need to be paying attention to.
Yet even as you read this,
millions of us are operating in the dark -- some because of unawareness, and
some because of denial. Either way, the result is the same. Instead of dealing
with the real issue -- our own motivations -- we waste precious time and
energy fiddling around with diet and exercise, in the vain hope that some
combination of the two is going to get us where we want to go.
not! As long as you have self-sabotaging internal motivations that are even
a tiny bit stronger than your healthy, conscious desire to be fit and at your
ideal weight, your fate is sealed. You will NOT reach your goals. Your
own motivations will short-circuit you. And every time you try, your only
reward will be struggle, stress, and -- ultimately -- more failure.
Oh, you may lose a pound or two, or even a bunch of them. But they won't stay
off. Even worse, getting rid of them will be like pulling teeth. It won't be
easy, and it won't be fun.
Working Smart Beats Working Hard Every
Imagine for just a moment how your life
would be if, instead of sabotaging your progress every step of the way, your
inner motivations were actually helping you get where you want to
The struggle to do what's right would simply disappear from your
life, and the healthy actions that will make you fit and trim would become be
just as natural and just as automatic as the ones that may now be
keeping you overweight and out of shape!
Automatic? We could learn to
automatically do what's healthy? Yes! In fact, just by making a few
small changes where it matters most, you can literally trade in your
failure-producing habits for success-producing ones.
not currently achieving the kind of results you know you want, you can be sure
that faulty motivation is at the root of your problem. But take heart. Success
may be closer than you think, and easier that you dared imagine!
Having The Right Motivation
Gives You The Winning Edge!
If your motivations were helping
you instead of holding you back, how long do you think it would take you to
see some real progress? Not very long!
automatically start to eat the right foods, in the right amounts, at the
right times -- which is what successful people do. You'd automatically
work the exercise you need into your schedule -- instead of having to drag
yourself into it, kicking and screaming.
Would your food and exercise
behaviors become perfect in every way? Nope. You don't need to be perfect, or
even close. Successful people aren't perfect. They just do what works
more than they do what doesn't. It's really just that simple.
the shift from struggle to success, all you need to do is to tilt the table a
little bit in the right direction. You don't need to make "night and day"
changes. You only need enough movement to shift the inner balance of power
in the right direction.
In the real world, the difference in
strength between your self-supportive motivations and a your self-sabotaging
ones may be very small. Just a little bit of well-placed effort, applied for a
short time, could make a life-changing difference.
The Good News: Your "Inner Self" Is
Contrary to popular opinion, it doesn't
take years of therapy to get dramatic results. If you simply focus your
attention on what matters, you can make significant changes in a very
A huge safe can be unlocked with one little key. On the
other hand, bashing that safe with a hammer would take a huge amount of energy
and still wouldn't get you anywhere. Sadly, most people still think that diet
and exercise are their keys to success. They are not! Until the real key
has done its job, they are just hammers!
Making the small but
crucial power shift in your motivations can be surprisingly easy. And it's
infinitely easier than waging the diet/exercise battle for the rest of your
life. Better still, you get permanent changes instead of temporary
But the best part is that every pound you lose is gone
Bottom Line: The Only Real Difference
Between Those Who Succeed
And Those Who Fail Is In Their Own Internal
Remember, winning at fitness and fat-loss
is not about intelligence. I'll bet that some of the most brilliant
people you know are out of shape. And it's not about will power. Will
power is really no power at all, because it relies on your ability to
consciously override what you can't even see. Talk about wasted
And it's not about genetics. People in the same family vary
tremendously in their fitness levels. Why? Because getting in shape and staying
there is all about our personal motivation.
Once you understand
that your motivation is the real key to long-term fitness success,
you're way ahead of all the people who are still looking for that perfect diet
or exercise program.
Only after you have made the necessary
changes in your motivations is it time to focus on diet and exercise. And then
you'll discover that neither one of them is a struggle! In fact, doing
what's best for you will actually become its own reward. More
importantly, it will feel like a reward -- which is why you'll keep
And that is the real secret of lasting success.
If you already know that counting calories, sweating buckets at the gym,
and denying yourself the foods you love is never going to get you where
you want to go, then you're ready to put your attention where it will make a
real difference: on your own motivations.
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