The essence of rational emotive therapy and mental fitness training is expressed in Norman Vincent Peale's statement, "Change your thoughts and you change the world". This means change your thoughts and you change your weight.
Do you believe this statement made by Debbie: "Let’s not waste time on changing our bodies when they will only change back if we don’t change our minds, too".
The importance of mental fitness training cannot be stated more clearly and powerfully than in the previous three quotes.
Just after I thought the case for mental fitness couldn't be made stronger, I read further. Debbie wrote:
"Changing your mind – and you must, because if you have been trying to lose weight, but cannot, there is something inside of you that is disallowing it. You can change this pattern, improve your self-esteem, increase your joy, and change your body for good by focusing on changing your mind, too. This is training for life.'
If you have failed to lose weight, there is something inside of you that is neutralizing your success. Make sure that it is not a genetic factor as written about in my blog Dr. Hyman and Starvation Diets. Then the obstacle inside of you is psychological.
Change your mind to change your world is the basic hypothesis of mental fitness training.
How to change your mind is the $64 million question. If it were easy to change your mind in order to change your world, that we were not have the problems such as obesity, depression, etc.
Changing thoughts or making affirmations is a simplistic way to change the mind. Much has been written about the use of affirmations. Debbie, for example wrote:
If you repeat a positive statement over and over to yourself like a mantra, your mind will change, the same way your body does, even if you don’t believe it."
Sometimes, affirmations are successful in changing our worlds.
Sometimes, affirmations are not sufficient for changing our worlds. The fact that affirmations sometimes don't work is not surprising due to the complexity of the workings of the mind. Tomorrow, the subject of my blog will be: "When affirmations don't work".
Changing the mind, is often, times more than changing thoughts!
Remember, You Live within the Environment Created by Your Choices!
Life and Mental Fitness Coach
The North Star Mental Fitness Program consists of 15 different operations or choices people can make to change the functioning of the mind and program the mind for successful changing of your world. I recommend this program for you, if you have been unsuccessful in your weight loss.