Does your life seem to be moving so fast that short-term solutions to vexing problems like not enough time or weight gain are tantalizing?
Many of us on the upswing of a yoyo diet lost weight, only to see lost pounds come roaring back, sometimes multiple times since our teen years. Rather than considering that the dieting process may be at fault, we might blame ourselves for not having the willpower to stick with it.
We keep trying the same solution over and over but in different guises - high protein diets; low fat diets; low-calorie meal replacements - looking for the quick pay off.
What is this "quick fix" mentality all about and why is it so enticing?
I think it promises hope that we can change quickly, it allows us an immediate strategy. It takes our minds off what's really going on.
In the words of one of my clients, "I want an easy button!"
If you sidestep the magnetic pull of the "quick fix" and yoyo dieting and look underneath it - what might you find?
If you have a weight issue, you may find a seething cauldron of emotional issues, a lack of self-love and a fear of the unknown. What will life be like at your optimal weight? If you have low energy or feel drained by a primary relationship, struggle with family issues, or work in a job that no longer reflects personal goals - how will your life change if pounds lost stay off?
Here's what I've discovered.
If I'm unwilling to look beneath the surface, I will remain stuck, in limbo, and far from the life I have dreamed. However, if I'm willing to dig deeper, access my unique insights and take action, the benefits can be enormous.
The solutions that will work long-term are those that come out from your own insights to understand the challenges you face ... and shift them.
Whatever problem you are facing, are you willing to look beyond the "quick fix"? If your answer is yes, what will be your first step?