Q1. What would weight loss make more possible?
It might be body satisfaction, better health or more happiness. It is different for everyone, so list whatever it would truly make possible for you.
Q2. What would achieving these things make more possible?
It might be more confidence, more energy, or even being a better parent. Again, list whatever it would make possible for you.
Q3. What would achieving these things make more possible?
And keep on asking this same question until it no longer makes sense, you can’t answer it after considered thought, or you start repeating what you’ve already said. The purpose here is to thoroughly explore the energy that is sitting behind your weight loss goal.
Q4. Now, of all the things you’ve written (body satisfaction, more energy, being a better parent, etc, etc.) which is the deal-breaker or deal-breakers?
Which one or ones pull on your heart, and make you feel that you cannot live without? Be selective here. Which is truly most important to you?
Q5. For this chosen item or items, brainstorm: how else could you achieve this, if weight loss wasn’t an option?
What are all the other ways you can improve your body satisfaction, get more energy or be a better parent, for example, if you couldn’t lose weight?
Q6. Out of all of these new strategies, which one jumps out at you?
What new strategy excites you and really helps you to achieve what you selected?
Q7. What action steps are required to achieve this newly chosen strategy?
Be specific here, and put a timeline in place stating when you will complete it.
When you have the willingness to turn your struggles upside down, you’ll likely discover a greater sense of purpose, motivation and hope.
As all of a sudden, you see more clearly what it is that you are actually struggling with.
[PS. i) Yes, you can still have a weight loss goal, if it is helpful, as part of this new bigger picture. ii) You can also try asking these 7 questions for just about any other goal you’ve been struggling with. Their usefulness certainly exceed weight loss.]