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Passive Action: Is It Holding You Back From Losing Weight?

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What is passive action?

If you are anything like me some of these passive actions will sound familiar:

  • Reading the latest diet books
  • Researching diets online
  • Spending time saving recipes on Pinterest
  • Researching meal prep ideas
  • Taking a weight loss class
  • Meeting with a nutritionist
  • Discussing diet “hacks” with friends

So what’s the problem?

There is nothing wrong with passive action in general. But sometimes we get stuck there and we feel like we are “doing the work” to lose weight, but we really haven’t started any forward motion. Change will happen when you shift from passive action to massive action.

To clarify, massive action doesn’t necessarily mean huge, scary changes. It just means moving outside your comfort zone and committing to a plan of action.

It means you have a willingness to learn from mistakes. When you are stuck in passive action you may be thinking that you are just learning how to do it perfectly. That if you can just find the right plan or the right “magic bullet” you will finally get it right. But the funny part is, we learn so much more from trying things and making mistakes and trying again.

What now?

If you’ve been stuck in passive action without taking any steps toward your goal I want to encourage you to take a risk. Choose a course of action, take the risk & push yourself towards your goal. There’s nothing wrong with learning and researching, but then you have to take action.

Plan to run into obstacles and then plan for how you will tackle them. Urges and cravings will come and threaten to derail you. Plan for them. They are normal. They provide you with an opportunity to learn. Plan for how you will handle failure and how you will respond.

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