Not a day goes by where someone tells me they are going to start a ketogenic diet only to give up a week and a half later. This is a mistake I see all keto newbies make.
Here’s the thing, people say they want to do something, but they don’t have the proper mindset and mindset TOOLS to get them to where they want to be.
The ketogenic diet? So much of it starts with your mindset.
Think about it, you have been born and raised eating carbs from day one right out of the womb. As a kid you were fed cereal and grilled cheeses. As a teenager (and probably now as well), you are eating pizza, pasta, bread, candy, beer, wine, should I keep going?
My point is, it’s going to be difficult to make such a huge lifestyle change.
This means you HAVE to be prepared MENTALLY for the journey ahead.
I’m not saying this to scare you, but if you want to see REAL success with the ketogenic lifestyle – it all starts in your head.
You have to actually want it
There is a famous quote – “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
This line of thinking dates back hundreds of years and to this day people are still researching the topic. The topic of mindset.
I am not telling you this to get all woo-woo on you, rather, to educate you on how powerful your brain actually is.
Your thoughts are so strong that it has the ability to change your physiology. That means you can literally THINK yourself into a certain physiology.
There has been multiple studies showing that whatever a person thinks – will change the way their body acts, feels, and becomes.
In terms of the ketogenic diet, you need to picture yourself enjoying – thriving in this lifestyle. It also helps that our ancestors have been eating this way for thousands of years.
You need to tell yourself that you can do it, as corny as that sounds but it is what separates those who can actually stick to the diet, to those who can’t.
You need to PICTURE YOURSELF super healthy, enjoying low carb high fat meals, and IMAGINE yourself already in a state of ketosis.
I kid you not, this will help you tremendously.
Write down your diet goals
Not writing down your goals is comparable to getting in your car and driving cross country without a GPS. Sure you’ll probably get there eventually, it’ll take a while, and you’ll definitely have a ton of hiccups along the way.
Your diet and fitness goals are exactly the same. If you don’t have your goal written down, how do you know when you’ve reached it?
Maybe you’re on the ketogenic diet to enhance your mental clarity, or lose a few pounds, or decrease the inflammation in your joints, or cure your depression, or maybe all of the above.
Whatever your goal is, it needs to be crystal clear.
This is your roadmap to success. You need to have it written down and you have to look it over every day.
A good example is, “I am 9% body fat, my energy levels are through the roof, and feel stronger than ever before.”
Everyone’s goals are different the point is, you need to have a crystal clear goal of what it is you want to achieve.
Write it down every day right when you wake up and right before you go to bed. By doing this, you are implanting this goal into your subconscious mind. This allows you to behave in such a way that will push you towards reaching your goals each and every day.
Create a system to achieve your diet goals
A lot of people will write down their goals but won’t have a system to back it up.
We are all capable of amazing achievements but you must have a system set in place otherwise you’ll be wandering around like a lost puppy.
Systems are what will get you to the finish line. They are the lifeline of your goals.
So what would a system look like?
Let’s say for example you want to write a book, sounds like a daunting task – a goal that’s hard to reach for many.
Now a simple system for this goal would be to simply write 500 words a day.
That’s it? Just 500 words a day?
That’s exactly right. In just a months time, you’ll have written 15,000 words and all you did was write 500 words a day. That only takes about a half hour out of your day.
Here’s another example, Let’s assume you want to lose 20 pounds in 3 months.
If this was your goal, your system could look like this:
- I will work out doing compound lifts (deadlifts, squats, presses, and rows) 3 days a week.
- I will do 20-30 minutes of cardio 1 – 2 days a week.
- I will focus on staying in ketosis by eating under 50grams of carbs a day and consuming the majority of my calories from healthy fats.
There is no doubt in my mind, that a system like that would get you to your goal, maybe even surpass your goal.
See how powerful the systems over goals thought process is? This was first coined by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. It has since then become widely known in the self-development / productivity space – and for good reason. Because it just works.
The reason it works so well is because you are looking at what you have to do in your day-to-day tasks. You won’t get bogged down because you KNOW what you have to do every day in order to reach your goal.
As long as you are following your system, you WILL reach your goal.
10X Your Efforts
There is a book called “the 10X Rule” by Grant Cardone. The whole thought process behind it is –
Anything you do will require 10 times the amount of effort you originally thought it would take.
This applies to anything and everything. It has changed the way I look at what I do. It has gotten me to a very lean physique and it has changed the lives of many.
You need to start looking not just your diet, but your life like this as well. By doing 10 times the amount of action, you will be much closer to hitting your goals.
You need to start setting 10X goals as well. Let’s assume you are VERY overweight and would like to lose a lot of weight in the shortest time possible.
Instead of setting a goal for losing 10 pounds in a year, why not shoot for losing 100 pounds in a year?
Sure people are going to think you’re crazy for setting such a crazy goal and it might even sound unhealthy. People also think that setting such unrealistic goals is only going to discourage you even more when you don’t hit that goal.
But here’s what really happens…
When you set 10x goals and perform 10x actions to hit those goals, even if you don’t end up hitting your desired goal, you will have done MUCH better than if you were to set a more realistic goal.
Take a look at every area of your life where you aren’t satisfied. Whether it’s your finances, your weight, your relationships, whatever it is.
Set a 10X goal for that area of your life and attack it with everything you got. When you get tired? Attack it even harder.
This is what separates those who actually achieve their goals and those who are purely dreamers.
There will be days when you don’t feel like dieting
The cold hard truth is that it is NOT easy to reach any goal worth hitting.
Following a ketogenic diet in order to feel and look better is no exception. There are going to be countless days where all you want to do is sit on the couch, watch TV, drink some wine and eat potato chips.
What are you going to do when you have no desire to stick to a diet or any motivation to work out?
You’re going to stay EXTRA strict on the ketogenic diet and your going to hit the workout even harder.
Fact of the matter is, feelings shouldn’t affect the actions you take on a daily basis. Just because you don’t feel like doing something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
Just because you are having carb cravings, doesn’t mean you should succumb to your cravings.
Stop being a baby
This is an extension of what I have mentioned above. You need to stop giving into your cravings. Feelings are just feelings, if you want to really reach your goals, you should not be taking actions based off of how you feel.
This is what babies do. When they want something, they cry, they pout. They don’t know how to take action.
You’re not a baby are you?
Self discipline is a muscle
Just like everything else in life, sticking to your goals each and every day is a muscle. Becoming disciplined is a muscle.
At first it’s going to feel VERY hard to set that certain habit. You’re going to feel so much resistance that you will do everything in your power to do anything but the task you know you need to do in order to reach your goal.
Remember, small doses of pain is good for your character.
Each and every day, you should do one task to bring yourself one step closer to your goals. After a month, it gets easier. After two months, you will barely feel any resistance and you’ll feel weird when your HAVEN’T done that certain thing you have set out for yourself.
Now Get To Work
You can read all the information you want, absorb all of the advice humanly possible, but – the only true determining factor of success if ACTION.
Make it a habit to do one thing every day that brings you towards your goals, no matter what. You’ll be surprised to see how far you’ve come a year from now.
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