Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Corporate Health: Help Them to Understand Their Mind Games by Anders N W Lindgreen

One obstacle with implementing a corporate health program into your business can be the actual participation rate of your team. There can be many reasons as to why they may be hesitant to jump on your generous offer, but you can help. If you deliver good information on their own mind games, they may be able to better understand why they react the way they do, see the error in their ways and be more open to give it a try. Your corporate health program success relies on your team’s participation and by passing the information below around you are delivering a mentality warm-up of sorts. It’s of no cost to you but may be of great benefit, so give it a try (but read it through first!).

The Myth of Discipline

You are the result of what you love the most. Discipline is merely a reflection of your conviction. Your body will never do anything that your mind doesn’t really want to do, because such actions lead to internal conflict and stress. If attempts have gone pear shaped for you in the past you must reaffirm your love for change.

Forbidden Is Nothing

With change there are always sacrifices, some are temporary and some permanent. Your brain can’t stand being denied things it know it really can have and so enormous amounts of will power will be required to stay off the forbidden fruit. Here you must learn to choose to have the opposite instead of feeling like you are denying yourself the fruit. It will have the same outcome, but it’ll use up much less of your mind juice.

The Monday Syndrome

When life happens and there is a hiccup in your routine too many people feel obliged to deem their day and week a total failure, binge out and start again on Monday. This kind of thinking will do us in. Life will happen, but there is no reason to throw the rest of the day away, much less the rest of the week because of this.

Remember that two steps forward and one step back will always get your further than one step forward and two steps back.

Emotional Eating

If people only ate because they were hungry, overweight would not be a nationwide issue. But instead we eat because we are happy, sad, angry or even bored. Emotions more often than not dictate how, what and when we eat. If there are underlying issues that are causing problems for you, dealing with those will me much more effective than any eating plan or training program.

Take time to realise if there is such a connection and determine whether it is something you can deal with on your own or together with others. It may not be a pleasant journey to take but things we refuse to deal with psychologically always resurface one way or another. It is always better to take action than to succumb to consequence.

Endless Excuses

Excuses are used to justify our actions to ourselves and to others and to shift our responsibilities away onto external factors. Conditions for change will never be perfect and thus you will never run out of excuses. It takes courage to take action in imperfect conditions but doing so will not only bring you closer to your goal but also boost both your confidence and your self-esteem.

Set Yourself Up For Success

For many people it may feel like they have tried to lose weight their entire life and naturally they want their results to come… yesterday! This impatience often results in setting unrealistic goals for ourselves followed by guilt and discouragement when we fail to achieve the impossible.

Science tells us that the average “quick fixer” will put the weight back on again plus an additional 15% while losing muscle and tone in the process. It is a negative spiral and for many it has been going on for years, becoming harder and more extreme each time.

Realistic milestones leads to ongoing encouragement that will make the journey so much more enjoyable and the end result something that sticks. Get excited about your transformation!