“The problem is not the problem.
The problem is your attitude about the problem.
Do you understand?”
One of my favourite quotes ever.
The single biggest breakthrough any human being can achieve, is the realisation that it’s not WHAT we think about things……. it’s the thing that CAUSES our thinking (the lens or filter in our brains) that’s the problem behind ‘faults’ with our mindset.
What separates humans from animals, is our ability to separate ourselves from our thoughts - to ‘think about our thinking’ - and to consciously choose and decide to act differently.
I challenge you to consider that you - or anybody - doesn’t have a weight problem, or an eating problem - they have a thinking problem.
Or perhaps a fairer way to word it would be “there’s a dodgy lens in ye olde brain” and if that gets fixed, the actions and behaviiours get fixed, and if those get fixed, then the end result (healthier, slimmer, whatever…..) is a positive one.
I’m not talking about ‘PMA’ (positive mental attitude) and cheerleading yourself into being awesome.
I’m talking about paying closer attention to your thoughts - and devoting more effort to changing those first and foremost, than the effort you might be putting into to try and change behaviours.
We can change behaviours through brute force - for a while - but will typically revert back to older habits once ‘willpower’ exhausts.
When we change our programming (when we start thinking differently) - we’re kind of ‘rewiring’ ourselves so that old habits simply aren’t allowed to run freely anymore.
It’s like breaking a circuit.
“It’s just the way I am”
“It’s not that easy to change”
“It’s ok for you / her / him”
“I’ve been like this for so long, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to change”
These are common. And normal.
But if you find yourself thinking our mouthing those - then this post is even MORE relevant to you.
Because those thoughts ARE the problem.
They’re unhelpful as ‘default responses’.
Imagine if you trained yourself to think the OPPOSITE of those.
“I get you, and I want to, but it’s hard to train myself to think differently after all these years…”
and round we go……..you HAVE to catch yourself thinking those thoughts /responses and “check yourself before you wreck yourself”
Once you start catching yourself defaulting to these ‘reasons’ why it’s hard, you won’t magically change overnight.
But you’ll have taken the first huge step in rewiring yourself.
Because the problem is not the problem (the problem is not your weight).
The problem is your attitude about the problem (the problem is how you think about your weight problem).
Do you understand?
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