Part 4 of 4: Solution To Overcoming Your Mental Barriers and Cultivating A Winner's Mentality
The Barack Obama method to massive productivity, reduced stress, and heightened focus (this also happens to be the same strategy used by nearly all successful dieters)
While I don't always agree with our president's policies, I do have to steal a page from his book, on the topic of productivity.
After reading an article on Obama's personal rules and "methods", I was both humbled and amazed at his ability to cut out any time-wasting tasks.
He explicitly understands that the less "little" things he has to worry about, the less clutter in his mind, and the more productive he can be overall.
Simple things like deciding what to eat or what to wear in the morning can 10-15 minutes, or more, for most of us. Obama is not immune to this.
Just like any human being, if he lets himself get caught up with the minutia of figuring out what color shirt to wear or what to eat for breakfast, he has less actual time and less "mental time" to focus on the important tasks at hand for the day.
This is a trait that is seen with the lives of many powerful, busy people and the successful participants of health/fitness transformations alike.
In the realm of weight loss and fitness:
The most successful dieters eat the same few meals over and over again.
Let that sink in. This one strategy has been crucial to my success, just as it has been crucial to the success of millions of dieters.
Instead of unnecessarily thinking, analyzing, and prophesying around what food will have a better effect on our weight, we are best served by picking a few healthy meals and rotating them every week or so.
We are also best served by cooking "batch meals". These are huge portions of one meal, prepared on a Sunday for example and eaten throughout the week.
The more batch meals we have, the less time and energy we have to spend deciding what to eat on a Thursday evening for example.
In my own transformation, I predominantly stuck to meals like:
- Egg omelet's or 3 hard boiled eggs with veggies for breakfast
- Full-fat Greek yogurt, 1-2 pieces of fruit (and plain oats if it was workout day) for breakfast
- Chicken thighs or ground turkey with veggies and some beans or rice, for lunch.
- Chicken sausage or organic cold cuts and sprouted bread (with spicy mustard of course, because it's beyond delicious.)
- Chicken or fish with various spices/herbs, some rice and veggies for dinner.
And I made all of these dishes as "batch meals", where I would cook 2 pounds of a certain meat on a Sunday, and eat the same food until Thursday. And on that Thursday or Friday, I would repeat the process again with a different food.
I'll discuss batch meals a bit more in the next chapter, and I'll also give you the 411 on keeping it simple with fast food meals.
Before we summarize the chapter, I'll leave you with a favorite quote of mine:
"It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential."
- Bruce Lee
Essentially, making positive changes in life and reaching your goals often has more to do with subtracting what you don't need, rather than adding more.
Do you really need much more money to be happy, or do you need to cut back on needless spending?
Do you really need to know every terrible thing that goes on in society, or might you be better served by not watching/reading the local news (and even major news), and feeling more positive/less stressed as a result? (I've personally realized that getting the major news bits by asking a friend or coworker lets me focus on what I can control (which is ME), while also keeping me off the proverbial "teat" of sensationalist news media.)
Do you really need to eat every single healthy food on the planet, or do you need to just focus on 3-5 solid (and proven) healthy meals to see amazing results?
The choice is yours my friend.
Let's move on to the action steps for this chapter.
Interested in losing weight? Then click below to see the exact steps I took to lose weight and keep it off for good...
Moving forward, there are several other articles/topics I'll share so you can lose weight even faster, and feel great doing it.
Below is a list of these topics and you can use this Table of Contents to jump to the part that interests you the most.