- Winning Outcomes- What are your winning outcomes? Dream up your goals!
- Storyboarding- What's going to lead you to your winning outcome?
- Empowering Beliefs- Believe that you *can* reach your goal!
- Mental Rehearsing- Try to mentally put yourself in every type of situation that might tempt you, or empower you.
- Motivating Strategy- This is similar to Mental Rehearsing in my opinion…play mind games with yourself people…the good, positive kind!!
- Positive Self-Talking- You should all be doing this now anyways!!
- Reframing- By far my favorite “tool”. Recognize, realize, rethink and REFRAME your habits and your mindset.
- Anchoring- Well I’m about to tell you what that's all about in this post :)
Lately, I have really been finding myself leaning on the ‘Anchoring’ tool and a recent blurb in the October issue of ‘Fitness’ magazine helped to remind me how important having an anchor can be.
The kind of anchor I am talking about is one that motivates you to keep moving onward, not keep you still. You want to find something in your life that keeps you motivated and keeps you wanting to grow and become stronger!
Recently for me, my anchor has become my medal from the 1/2 marathon. Every time I look at it, or even think about it for that matter, it motivates me to want to get out and go for a run. It makes me want to be a better, stronger runner.Just this weekend I went and ran with more desire and fight than I have in the past few months!
Another anchor I’ve had recently is my black Nike dri-fit shirt. I bought this before the 1/2 marathon and I wore it while I ran the race. I wore it today just as a regular shirt all day (its really comfy!) because as soon as I looked at it, I knew that it would remind me of how strong I have become and would help me to stay on track with my eating since its smaller size than my other dri-fit shirts (I’m not into Nike Medium size shirts…their shirts tend to run a bit small & now the larges are too big!!)…as you know, my eating is something I’ve been trying to tame back down to normal . And guess what…it worked today!!
I’ve had other anchors in the past. Some of which will *always* be anchors for me, such as my 10% locket from Weight Watchers along with the 25, 50 & 75 lbs washers that are on the locket that I got from Weight Watchers as well. See…Weight Watchers knows how important these anchors are and they are great at helping to give them to you.
But you can give them to yourself!! I’ve also had necklaces, bracelets, clothes…silly things that have all been or are anchors for me. I once had a red rubber band that became an anchor for me that I wore on my wrist for MONTHS! When I would get hungry, or I should say when I would *think* I was hungry, I would play with it and flick it around on my wrist. 95% of the time, it really helped!!
The important thing to do is to go out and *find* an anchor for yourself. It could be a piece of paper with a word scribbled on it…it doesn't matter as long as it motivates you and helps to keep you on track with whatever healthy lifestyle plan you follow!
It doesn’t need to be expensive, or fancy, or come from Weight Watchers or some other weight loss group. Only *you* will know when something is an anchor for you!
Everybody deserves to have something they can look at and think to themselves “This is why I am doing this. This is why I am here. This is why I am awesome!” So go out there and try to find that special piece that reminds you just how awesome you are, how far you have come and how much farther you are going to go! And who knows…if that $450 coach purse is the *only* thing that could be an anchor for you, then I’ve just given you the excuse to go splurge. ;)
You guys think Beer is my anchor in disguise?? Hmmmmm…