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January 20, 2014

Can I Sway the Outcome with my Behavior?

All of us have goals that we are shooting for (or at least we should have some).  But, the world is uncontrollable.  Life happens and we can’t always be in control of the outcome.  If you are trying to sell your house you can renovate it and ask a fair price but you can’t control the real estate market.  The same goes with weight loss.  You can be active and eat well but you can’t control your fat cells.  You can’t make your body lose weight on command.  You can control your behaviors though to influence the result to your desired outcome.  Instead of focusing on outcomes, because you can’t always control outcomes, focus on your behaviors, which you do have control of.  Set behavior targets instead of outcome goals.  If you want to run a 5k in 15 minutes, Great!  But how are you going to get there?  What needs to get done in order to achieve that?  Maybe you need to run 20 minutes 4 times a week or even start with a walking program.  The activity in preparation for the race is the behavior that you control.  A behavior goal is a pledge to perform a certain action that will lead you to the outcome or result that you want.  Behavior targets should be manageable that you have control over and can accomplish consistently.  You can’t control the outcome, but you can control the behaviors that when completed will lead to the outcome.  You must be realistic in your behavior targets.  Start small and succeed, then build on that success.  It is better to start small and be successful than go big and feel like you failed.  This topic is referenced from John Berardi of Precision Nutrition.  It is great information to help focus our efforts on how to get where we want to go.

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