How To Get Motivation to Loss Weight? – Buy a Size Smaller

TIGHT A** PANTS! UGH!

I’ve always taught to buy clothing at a bit bigger size. The reasoning behind it is very explainable – you will grow into it.  The funny thing is I didn’t grow out of this mentality. Along with a lot of things that I carried from our childhood, this mentality of buying something and growing into it has stuck with me throughout the years. 

What I found in my journey is something that challenges what we have been taught. I bought a pair of pants for the sole purpose of work.  Granted, I could use the pants whenever I want and not just when I was at work but it was strictly just intended for work.  

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This was a good limitation that I unknowingly put on myself.  But in the long run it turns out to have been extremely beneficial.  

Just like a lot of us, I try things on before I decide if I want to buy it.  But what edged me on to making this purchase an unbeatable price and a great looking pair of pants.  Even though when I tried it on, the pants were tighter and more uncomfortable than some of my regular pants.

Later, I began to regret buying the pants because they were extremely uncomfortable. I wore them for about eight to nine hours a day and, not to mention, in the one place I did not want to be.  I was slightly outside my comfort zone in being at work and way out of my comfort zone wearing some tight a** pants!

But this isn’t a problem and here is why:

We don’t take into consideration that as humans we will do whatever it takes to be comfortable. It’s also the same reason why people gain weight or fall into bad habits; its just comfortable and brings more pleasure for them.  Being comfortable isn’t necessarily bad but there are multiple cases has taught us that people who tend find miracles outside of their comfort zone.

In my case it was nothing short of a miracle as these tight fitting pants motivated me to lose weight until they fitted correctly.

KEEP A PHYSICAL FORM OF A GOAL

Set PHYSICAL goals. Sometimes just wishing to be some type of way and putting a number on it isn’t good enough. When you actually feel the lack of comfort and when you slowly feel the progress of becoming more comfortable, you will know that you are getting closer. And guess what? You’ll be getting tons of motivation just from that.

It takes a strong mind to use this tip because you are naturally your own biggest critic. I knew that the pants were too tight, and with the culture that I live in, a lot of people would be pointing out or  looked at me funny for wearing tight pant.  But it was all for a greater good, not just to look funny.

I recommend going just a size down on whatever clothing that you buy.  Combine that with a healthy diet and working out everyday. You will soon begin to see and feel like your ideal self.  It will make losing weight a lot more fun. You will have a boost in self esteem and you’ll be comfortable in your clothes.

 

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If Success Leaves Clues Analyze Quotes from Successful People

How many of you have heard to learn from someone else’s mistakes?

Though a lot of people may know this already, some of us may not. Sites like BrainyQuote and Goodreads hold a library of free knowledge. And guess what? You are hearing it for from successful people who were.

Have you ever had to teach a topic you know very well?

Lets say you’ve learned some skill; you’ve studied it extensively and know it like the back of you hand. If someone were to record you while you were teaching, everything you say could go on BrainyQuote and your knowledge would be spread to anyone with access to the internet. People can learn something instantly even though it took you days to learn that lesson (what we call “learning it the hard way”).

Lets Analyze a Quote

Here is a quote I like from A. R. Rahman:

Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.”

I bolded the words above because it is really useful to know their definitions. Good thing we are in the age we are in now because it is just a Google search away. Lucky for you, I’ve put screenshots below. Along with a deeper thought in red.

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  • It’s important to know that you cannot be successful if you don’t have an aim or a goal. That is why everyone asks something like “What is your goal?” – because you have to have something to aim for in order to have a path to go through. Try shooting a basketball with no goal, you can’t even begin to think of where to throw the ball. What direction? How much power? Oh, I forgot. There is nothing to throw it at.

 

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  • The word ‘dedicate’ seems like a simple word and for some of you the definition might blow you away. But when you dedicate (a verb – so you are doing an action) yourself to your passion, you are supposed to devote everything you have into it. If you look at the screenshot for the word ‘dedicate’ one more time and look at the synonyms, you’ll see an important word, ‘surrender’. Because yes, you are supposed to surrender yourself to your passion.

 

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  • This passion is hard to NOT surrender to because it is a strong and barely controllable feeling. The people who love what they’re doing and wouldn’t trade it for the world are extremely tied to their work. They love the feeling of their work; it gives them pleasure.

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  • If you are not humbled, something will humble you. It’s almost like the phrase “Live by the gun die by the gun.” If you’re not humble that same energy is going to be turned back against you.  Therefore, be humble because there is something bigger than you.

Conclusion

This isn’t just one simple way of analyzing quotes in order to get the deeper meaning of them.

Use critical thinking for quotes:

  1. You should be wondering, what life experiences did they go through in order to learn this lesson?
  2. Can you find any other sources that can tell you the same story?
  3. How can you connect this quote with something else that you have to learn?

If you don’t want to spend all that time reading books I suggest you just read a simple quote every now and then. There is even apps that will shoot out notification of the quote of the day.  Analyze quotes and understand their meaning then apply it to your life.

One last thing, song lyrics are quotes too.

Best Self Development Books

The above definition of self-development is the topic of this article. Here we will explore the top self development books that I’ve come across. In the definition of self-development, we have to understand that developing “character or abilities” sounds a lot like becoming we you want to be. Here have my top books that have helped me become who I want to be.

Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell gives us an explanation to what success is. Outliers is great for self development because it gives us a more realistic outlook on success – or the point where you feel as if you’ve achieved your goals. For example, part one of the of the book is named ‘Opportunity‘. ‘Opportunity’ holds a chapter where we get to learn how Bill Gates came to be. The title of this chapter is 10,000 Hours. Gladwell explains that Gates needed both an opportunity to practice computer programming and enough time to spend about 10,000 hours practicing it. Basically, it’s a bit of luck/meant to be.

Had any one aspect of his life occurred differently – say he was born in a place where computers were NOT prominent – Gates would not be who he is today. For self development to work you have to have a goal, the endpoint. The outlier is the endpoint, they are ‘titans’ of their work. They are experts of their crafts who recognize they have a opportunity and seize it by putting in the time to develop themselves.

Speaking of Titans – The Next Book is ‘Tools of Titans‘ by Tim Ferriss

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This book holds many lessons.

Here is a great Tony Robbins quote:

“Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results.” 

Robbins is one of our generation’s most inspirational self development speaker and from the quote, it almost seems like Ferriss wrote a book on all of the things that successful people do to ensure that they produce outstanding results. The book holds tons of lessons that you can use. You don’t to use every single thing in the book, and that is the beauty of it.

 

Lastly, John C. Maxwell – How Successful People Think

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Like our previous book, this one holds many valuable lessons. It is as small as a pocketbook and I found myself pulling it out of my back pocket to get a quick read while on the go. By using it this way I was able to start practicing what I learned as soon as I read it – making the material easier to stick. I suggest doing it at work that way you have plenty of time to practice.

This book is an excellent choice for self development because the way you think is the foundation of how you act. Our actions correspond to how we feel. And how we feel is in direct reflection to our overall mood. If we start believing we can lose weight, we will produce desirable actions to lose weight. How we feel will continue to get better once we continue doing these actions and then all of a sudden our mood changes and we start to become more happy. It is that easy, trust me. Therefore, start with changing your thinking and see what awaits.

(Here is a good tip: if you want to be more happy just physically smile, feel a bit more happy?)

What Does Trust the Process Mean?

Trusting the process means taking small steps to get to your destination.

But how long does it take to achieve what they’re trying to get? How much dedication and work is really considered hard work? How do you know if you’re going in the right direction?

If you’ve ever been on a long walk its easy to trust the process because you can trust that your destination hasn’t moved. It is physically located on the globe where it will always be and we can go there whenever we want. The only problem we think is how far away it is and how long it takes to get there cause your feet are hurting. But continue walking, we have confidence that we are getting closer, but you’re sweaty and tired – and, not to mention, facing the thoughts of giving up.

I would like for you to watch a valuable video in my opinion. This is an important key to success and the meaning of trusting the process from Will Smith, a popular African-American actor and musician:

https://youtu.be/M1W71fI1wCM?t=4m4s

Perfectly lay down that brick or take another step. Carry on till its done.

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The Growth Mindset

I’ve recently found out about a phenomenon called ‘the growth mindset‘. I would like to explain it because I’ve been through it and it is a wonderful thing.

When I hear people say to follow your passions, I can understand it. Because when you find something you’re passionate about you tend to stay focused and continue to do the things required to improving.

There are many things that we all want to be good at. Think of something you wanted to be good at and you were so passionate about it that you actually got what you wanted. It was all growth. You don’t start off being good at something; just like you don’t start off at your destination when you’re taking a long walk. We mentally calculate how long the ride will? And what will it take? Then, all of a sudden, we just start taking those steps.

Thats when motivation is gifted. Avoidance of procrastination and doing what it takes to get better always comes along the ride to help reinforce your steps. It becomes easier to do what you intended to do. But battling through all the doubt and rejections is where we come across opportunities to make us stronger. Knowing that with each step we take our destination gets closer. The only difference between let’s say making it to the top of the mountain versus becoming wealthy that is you can’t physically see your financial destination. This is the opposite of instant gratification, it does not come instantly, and like any other form of growth it takes little steps at a time.