g333k living claims that there are two keys to a successful ‘diet’: self-convincing and self-discipline. Believe in your desire and ability to change, stick with it, and success will be yours!
This (arguably over-simple) philosophy can be summed up in two words: accept change.
Accept change and you’ll be able to run a marathon, quit smoking, climb Everest, eat two Baconators in one sitting, get a promotion… you get my drift.
We created the Seinfeldian chain to help motivate people to accomplish their goals. But where do you go once you have the motivation? How do we transform our desire to change into another link in the chain?
The g333k has some really helpful suggestions, citing practical examples that he’s used to help him change:
Every time you go to bed, just remember what your goals are and reaffirm them. Don’t focus on the non-resulting “now”, stay positive and focus ahead.
Set up reminders in ical or google calendar or your phone to constantly remind you to stick to the plan and stay on track. Having a strong routine and sticking to it helps the body regulate the input/output much better. So when it pops up, just don’t think: act, right away.
…once a week, feel free to go totally backwards and enjoy yourself. Be sure to stick to self-discipline to not do it more than once a week! I found out that if go full-on on a diet as of ‘now’, it’s really sad. First, it’s like giving up all the things you like, you get that good-bye feeling, horrible. Second, it’s not a long term plan. You will be on it for about 2 months, maybe a bit more if you are strong, and then boom, jumping backwards. Too hard. And you’re right, it is!
… adapt the ultimate plan you are after to something more livable in the first day. Adaptation is a key. If you are used to have coke everyday, you can’t just drop it tomorrow. Gradually drop it, count down. Keep some kind of agenda if it helps you.