Aug 22, 2019
Do you find yourself prone to self-sabotage? Have you ever reached a goal only to find it slip away months or even years later? Why does this happen? On this episode, we’ll dive into the reasons that we tend to sabotage our successes. Then you’ll learn what you can do to prevent self-sabotage so that you can continue to move forward with your goals. Listen to episode 42 to discover how to prevent your own self-sabotage.
Cybernetics is a good way to explain self-sabotage. Cybernetics is the study of control and communications of machines to regulate or reach an end goal. Cybernetics is like an autopilot mechanism or a thermostat. When you set it, it controls other forces to return to homeostasis. For instance, if you have the thermostat set at 72 and you open the windows in the summer the thermostat works extra hard to try to get back to normal. The same is true for people. You may have worked hard to lose 20 pounds, but your body may work even harder to gain it all back.
We often create problems for ourselves. We aren’t happy unless we have created stress. Instead of creating problems, create goals. What is your next hill to climb? If you have achieved your weight loss goal think about what else your body can do. Train for something different so you don’t get bored and begin to create problems for yourself.
Maintaining results is often harder than achieving them and that is often due to self-image. How do you see yourself? Do you think you are someone who needs to lose weight? Or do you see yourself as someone who has accomplished a lot? Create a new self-image that is more in line with the new you. Identify with your new self-image and lock it in. When you identify with the new you, it will become harder to revert back to those old habits.