Effective health and weight management actually do have a lot to do with success, even in terms of wealth creation and great relationships.  In my series last week I posted how some of the biggest names in the success education field, like Trump, Kiyosaki and Robbins, all take time to maintain their health and fitness.  Even I, on what is relativistically closer to the beginner's end of the journey, make time now to take care of my health and fitness.

The point I'm trying to make is that weight managment is an important aspect of health and fitness and therefore an important aspect of success.  You simply have to have a good relationship with yourself, and you have to have a good relationship with food and exercise.  In other words, you have to control your weight because if you don't control your weight it's going to control you and it's going to control not just how you live your life, but whether or not you get to actually live your life or exist in your life.  There is a difference and you need to make the choice about which one you want to do.

The single most important factor that controls this whole equation is you, or more specifically, your mindset.  In other words, you don't just need to get your body moving to control your weight, you need to get your mind moving too.  Stop being mentally lazy and start reading lables is a good place to start.  Yes there is a large range of great diet and lifestyle programs out there, but first and foremost, what do the first three letters of "diet" spell.  I don't like diets.  Second, what is the level of education that some of these programs actually provide you in smart food choices and preparation.  Third, what is the science behind them, and who paid for the science to be done.  I'm always dubious when someone says, "Scientifically proven!" but the science was paid for by the manufacturer.  Science is as easily pervertable to economic forces as politics is.  I prefer my science to be independant.

But back to mindset.  This is where we need to look at some of the wording used in the whole weight management idea.  People say they need to "lose weight" or they need to find an effective "weight loss" program.  Actually, they need to do nothing of the sort.  The reason why I say this is because when you say that you want to lose weight, what happens is that you go ahead and lose weight.  Sounds great, doesn't it?  The problem arises because we don't just live in our conscious minds, we live in our subconscious minds too.  And to give you a clearer mental picture of that you need to understand that our minds are like icebergs.  It's only about the top 10% that's visible and can be controlled.  The other 90% lies under the surface and can't be controlled as easily (unless you know how).  The Titanic wasn't sunk by the visible part of the iceberg, but by what was under the surface.    So how does all this apply to weight management?

To put it simply, when you decide to lose weight, your subconscious starts to rebel.  At first, you can control it consciously with you willpower, but this will only be successful in the short term.  So you decide that you're going to lose weight and you actually do lose weight.  That's great.  But at some point in the future, your subconsious is going to win control back.  When it does, it's going to realise that you've lost weight and it's going to go looking for what was lost.  The bad news is that it's going to find it, plus some more to act as an insurance policy.  That's why so many people who lose weight only put it back on and end up putting on even more.  In other words, you can't afford to lose weight.  But if you make a simple mental shift, you can afford to and will even accomplish releasing excess weight.  What's happening then is that you're shedding soemthing that you no longer need.

I'm actually trialling a weight management program at the moment and if I keep liking the results I'm getting, I'll make it available in the next couple of weeks.

A Brief Reflection:

Depending on where you are in the world, the last 36 - 48 hours has marked the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, when almost 3000 people lost their lives in the attack and collapse of the World Trade Centre buildings in New York City.  People the world over have been commemorating and remembering those who were lost in what has to be one of the largest single acts of mass murder in the last fifty years.

While I think that it is important to remember those who were lost, whether they were office workers, firefighters, paramedics or police, I think it's equally important that we remember those who survived, the families who were left behind and everyone who was impacted by that atrocity no matter where they were at the time.  This trauma has left a scar in the psyche of millions of people from all walks of life all over the world.  Let's take a moment to remember them as well because if we take nothing else away from this horror, let's at least take away the lesson that we're part of a g

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    G'day everyone.  I'm an Aussie Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotist (www.americanallianceofhypnotists.org)  and author with a passion for making every relationship in our lives the best it can be.   I work at local, state, national and international levels.  I am also a Callahan Techniques Thought Field Therapy practitioner trained by Eugene Piccinotti TFT - dx, and I studied Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner Level (MNLP) under Steve G Jones at the American University of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
    (http://www.aunlp.org).  In other words, as a coach, I'll use whatever I have to use to help you to make the changes you want to make.