Episode 90. Zen and New Year’s Resolutions (Part 2)
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In this segment Scott offers advice on how to successfully achieve weight loss and fitness goals through a Zen mindset.
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“Don’t have resolutions; just be resolute”
- Women struggle more with fitness-related issues than men do because of judgment, self-esteem or validation.
- To try to prove one’s self worth is to lose it. Self esteem is lived not strived for. According to the Zen approach, wanting [self-esteem] produces suffering.
- The fitness industry tries to make fitness complicated, and it’s not. The Law of Reverse Effect (explained in part 1) validates this fact. “The truth is simple; and simplicity is the truth”.
- Consumers “honeymoon” on vogue fitness trends, moving from program to program when success eludes them.
- In ownership of behavior, “blame” never enters the picture. Remember this: Blame = “Be Lame.”
- Success depends on habits. It takes a habit to change a habit. As Scott quotes: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
- It’s Important to cognitively reframe. Ask yourself, “What would my better self think or do right now?” This begins the process of cognitive reframing. Choose to be your better self.
- Turning work into play [makes goals more attainable]. To explain this positive Sawyer Effect, Scott uses the example of Arnold describing the pump as having an orgasm in the documentary “Pumping Iron”.
- The achiever’s mind isn’t full of clutter. Giving oneself too many options leads to poor decision-making as a result of its contradictory nature. “A clutter-free mind leads to clutter-free actions and behavior.”
- Seeds of discouragement can never take root in a grateful heart. Gratefulness lays the groundwork for achievement.
- Fear is a terrible motivator when you’re afraid to not have a specific goal. The non-goal “goal” of Zen is not having an specific goal. You just make a decision to “do” something.
- You don’t “get” inspiration; you inject it into the process.
- The Busy Woman’s Tighten and Tone at Home program (just released) is a great place to start making a physique transformation, and it’s doable in real life situations.
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