Christopher Columbus

What better way to celebrate Columbus Day this year, than by taking some inspiration from Christopher Columbus, himself?  By applying some examples of his sheer determination to help inspire you on your weight loss journey with phentermine, we have some great motivational tips to help you to achieve your own personal greatness too!

Visualize Your Goal

Visualization is a tool which enables us to draw our own map of reality; when we build up a compelling vision, our unconscious mind believes it to be real and adjusts our neurology to the new reality, which in turn enables us to bring it into being. Columbus is one of many historical examples of ordinary people who achieved greatness inspired by a compelling vision. Take inspiration from him and really visualize your goal down to the last minute detail. You might fantasize about walking into a shop and trying on a killer red dress, or imagine crossing the finishing line of a big race. Whichever your source of inspiration and motivation to lose weight is, really see it, feel it, and hear it, down to the touch of the fabric of that dress, or the sound of the crowd cheering you on, and make it a reality.

Commit Pen to Paper

Columbus read widely and made many notes on the books he studied about the world; committing his strength of focus to paper helped him fuel his desire to discover the undiscovered. Make a list of the reasons you want to accomplish your weight loss goal, and be as specific as possible by relating everything back to your own personal aims and desires. For a better chance of success, write your list with a pen, as studies show that when we write by hand and connect the letters manually, we engage the brain more actively in the process. For this reason, you should also keep a written journal detailing your daily food intake, the successes you’ve achieved and the feelings you’ve experienced; engaging your brain with these details will help you connect better with your ultimate goal.

Be It, Achieve It

A person’s drive is often based on what she believes about her abilities, not on how objectively talented she is, according to research by Albert Bandura, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Bandura’s work has shown that people who have perceived self-efficacy, which is the belief that they can accomplish what they set out to do, perform better than those who don’t. Columbus was determined to make his mark on the world and nothing stopped this belief, so do not let your mind tell you you’re unable to reach your goals, either. Set yourself up for success and enter with a positive mind!

Anticipate Setbacks

While also believing unquestionably in your ability to achieve your goals, it makes sense to anticipate that you might encounter setbacks, some of which will be beyond your control no matter how determined you are. Plagued by illness and other problems, Columbus’ journeys across the Atlantic were far from plain sailing, but he never gave up on his ambitions no matter how hard it got, and neither should you! Pre-determine how you will deal with possible problems before they occur. This is the best way of establishing a method of attack for any temporary setbacks you may or may not encounter on your journey. After all, a well-planned route must take account of potential pitfalls.

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Announce your Intentions

Instead of keeping your intentions to yourself, make them known to the world. Other people can help reinforce your behavior, and it’s harder to abandon a dream when you know that people are tracking your progress. Blogging about your weight loss, connecting with people on forums or just keeping your friends updated with your progress means you will be more likely to hold yourself accountable. Unfortunately, when you embark on a new challenge in your life, some people may not be as supportive as you had hoped, as Columbus found when many of his quests for support in his mission were rejected. When you explain your intentions, some people may be doubtful, feel that you’ve changed, or even be jealous of you, but as hard as it may be to ignore their negative comments, you owe yourself more than that – this is your body and your life, and they need to accept your new priorities. Never give up – Columbus didn’t and look what he achieved!

Break it Down

Like Columbus, you have a plan and you want to see it through to the end, but it can be overwhelming to take on too much at once. So, while keeping your finishing line in mind, take each day at a time and recognize that you are moving closer to your goal with every step you take in the right direction, so whether it’s managing to eat your five a day or cutting time off your running speed, everything counts. Try breaking down your goal into the smallest realistic steps and only do one at a time. Neuroscience tells us that each small success triggers the brain’s reward center, releasing the feel-good chemical dopamine. This helps focus our concentration and inspires us to take another similar step towards success.

Be Prepared to Change Course

Lastly, have a strategy, but be prepared to change course if your initial methods haven’t gone as planned. Don’t think of your earlier attempts as failures, just as ways that weren’t right for you. Columbus didn’t discover what he set out to find but he went with it and achieved much more than he anticipated. Take inspiration from his determination and faith in himself, stop if it’s not working and reassess your plan; the most certain way to succeed is to adapt and move on.

So, when you feel your motivation waning, ask yourself, ‘What would Christopher Columbus do?’ and use his unfailing belief in his goals to help inspire you to continue on your journey to weight loss success with phentermine. Do you seek inspiration from the achievements of others to motivate you? We’d love to hear from you, so comment below!

Happy Columbus Day!

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