There’s no better example of delusional thinking than weight loss. What was once a socially acceptable problem has turned into an American epidemic. Getting fat is literally killing people by the millions, and robbing millions more of the healthy and vibrant life they deserve. The bad news is Madison Avenue has learned how to capitalize on the masses delusional thinking in this area. They run ads that say getting fat isn’t our fault, and present weight loss as a complex biochemical process that only their pill, potion, or program can solve…and people buy it by the truckload. The good news is you don’t need any of them to get thin and healthy. All you need is mental toughness. Losing and maintaining your ideal weight is a two step process anyone can master. I’ll look forward to hearing your comments on this post. Steve Siebold, CSP, CPCS

Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.

3 thoughts on “Mental Toughness Training will make you Thin and Healthy”

  1. You know steve, I am in total believe with you sir. I mean, dulusion can lead into tough thinking. Abdominantly, I’m saying this because, I haven’t had any sleep in a while because of my imaginary thinking, thinking of the supernatural, Fasinating isn’t it steve, but, how do I solve this altrustic problem steve?

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with you Steve. Everything starts with the decision and the mental-toughness to see that decision through. I’ve done some work in this field and have a gym-instructor license, and the interesting part is that this isn’t rocket science, its just basic common sense just like you said.

    In my philosophy, there is one more point besides the mental toughness part that I would like to add from a long-term perspective.

    “You only have to do something until you want to do it, then you don’t have to any longer.”

    The point being, the repetition of the behaviour turns it into a habit. The repetition also becomes the sowing ground for insight. With that I mean that one day you might realize you want to go running or have that apple, because it energizes, it keeps you healthy, it allows you to do more, be more and have more. And when that insight arrives, turning away from the big mac that used to look so incredibly tasty becomes a whole lot easier, and might only be an occasional treat from that point on. Mike touched on this in a sense in his post as well, “You feel great doing it and missing something not doing it”. I couldn’t agree more with you Mike.

    There are a million programs out there, and I would say that depending on minor individual differences they might work a bit better or worse for some, but the bottom line is they all work. The people who claim otherwise are most often the ones who are not doing it persistently, or the ones who are obsessed with having a severly lower level of body fat than the human body is designed to function at.

    I really like the emphasis Mike put on the STAY part of the vision, since that is where the problem usually lies. Reaching the goal is usually not the tough part, it’s staying there when the goal is achieved. I´ll refer to Mike’s wisdom again, a vision for where you want to be long-term is crucial.

    A gym owner in my town really laid it out one day when we were discussing this topic. He said:

    “the people who stay in shape are interested in pleasing results, while the people who are not are interested in pleasing methods.”

    I think that echoes the points you made here pretty darn well Steve, and I agree.

    Great post Steve.

    Ronnie Grandell

  3. Yesterday I went on a 3.5 mile run with my nine year old grand daughter and a group of her Girls On The Run friends with a couple of other adults running with us. It was really a very light jog.

    I am very fit because I am disciplined – actually discipline is one word for it. It’s the way I live my life. Like I told the gal I jogged with, you get into a fitness program and you do it until you feel bad not doing it. You feel great doing it and missing something not doing it.

    BUT it also requires a vision of where you want to be and stay. The AND STAY is critical in sustaining the vision.

    We have second-to-none meal replacement and fat burning products in our business BUT others could say that about what they offer. The only things we can’t put into the containers are: motivation and consistency with a vision to make it work.

    Fat, thin, lack, abundance — put any combinations of words and attitudes there – are habits of mind and habits of action.

    Another excellent post, Steve.

    Stay thin!


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