How and why do people achieve great things?
Studies of human achievement from a scientific perspective have revealed that sustainable changes are the result of having a specific outcome in mind and carrying out universally applicable, repeatable methods.
The Expectancy-Value Theory , a concept from the field of psychology, states that in order to successfully complete any challenging endeavor people must not only be interested in the outcome, but they must also be able to see how their actions contribute to the attainment of the goal.
(Ok, I just lost about 97% of my readers so if you are still with me, you are one of the select few who will actually apply what I am about to say and reach your goals. Congratulations!)
So, what am I saying?
- Everything you do matters. Each of your actions has a consequence, either positive or negative, based on whether it contributes to your goals.
- Time is not money. If time was money, we would all be mega-rich because each of us has all the time available.
- Time management is really energy management. It is up to us as individuals to channel our energy towards those activities that contribute to our goals and away from tasks of little or no value.
- In terms of fitness and weight loss, if you want to succeed you must begin with a clear goal. Put it in writing and set a deadline for achievement.
- Get a strong enough reason to keep you moving towards your goal even when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient.
- Efficiency is not doing everything perfectly. Efficiency is doing the most important things consistently and eliminating non-essential tasks and activities.
- Once you set up a goal, the things that prevent you from achieving are known as obstacles. Most of these are self-generated and can be overcome by persistence and the determination to follow through.
- What works for one person may not work as well for someone else. It is up to you to find a plan you can follow and keep going until you reach your goal.
- Once you reach a major milestone, set a new goal so you continue to progress rather than slipping back into old habits. This is why most diets fail. Once the “diet” is over, people go back to eating “normally” (which for most people involves lots of poor eating and very little physical activity).
- In order to succeed, you must retrain your brain and body to work for you. This involves reestablishing your body’s set point. In biology, we teach that all organisms strive for homeostasis. In everyday language that means we try to stay the same. However, in order to improve you must change.
Here are a few more tips you can use to accelerate your progress:
1) Find models
2) Imitate their actions
3) Duplicate their results
In simplest terms, if you want to achieve something you have never done before, find someone who has gotten the result you want and do what they did.
I am happy to continue providing this information each week. I am also working diligently to find others who have made these changes and help promote the tips and techniques they use to improve as well.
I am at a place right now that I once only dreamed of. This week I reached a major milestone by reaching a new personal best of 173 lbs. That’s 81 lbs. lost to date!
When I first started writing, it was just to motivate myself and get my thoughts in print. Now hundreds of people read, watch and listen to my advice each week. This is proof that a definite goal and a plan to get there, combined with diligent action will always result in success.
Finally, I want to send a resounding “Thank You!” to all the amazing people who have subscribed, commented, shared, tweeted (well maybe somebody out there will tweet this?) and liked all that I wrote and recorded this year. I owe a debt of gratitude I can never repay to the greatest people in the world, the members of the Challenged to Change Community!
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Until next time Stay Strong & Live With Faith! ~Jason