If you or someone you know has ever had the “yo-yo” experience when it comes to achieving weight loss, this might be one of the most important things you’ve ever read. There’s a missing link when it comes to achieving lasting results in anything in life, and that one thing is your self-image. Ever since Dr. Maxwell Maltz made the breakthrough discovery that the self-image was the driving force behind a person’s behaviors, motivational experts have changed their focus from working on behaviors to working a person’s self-image.

So if you’re ready have a leaner, healthier and more energetic body, it’s essential that you understand the role of your self-image and how you can strengthen it to help you achieve your goal...

How the Self-Image Sets the Standards of Your Life

Your self-image controls your consistent actions the same way that cruise control affects the speed of a car. For example, say that you set your car on cruise control at 60mph, and put your foot on the gas for a moment, the car will accelerate to 65 or 70, but as soon as you take your foot off the gas, it will instantly level back out to 60mph. The same happens if you put your foot on the brakes for a moment, the car will slow down, but as soon as you take your foot off the brake, the cruise control will bring you back up to 60mph.

Now, picture your self-image as the internal cruise control. If your body self-image will only accept you as being overweight, it will influence your behaviors in such a way that you’ll remain that way. This is because it is internally “set” to keep your actions consistent with the way in which you see yourself. True, you can force yourself to eat healthy and to exercise and you might even get your weight down that way. You do this the same way that you put your foot on the brake and cause the speed of your car to decrease.

However, if the self-image never changes, a time WILL come when it will subconsciously adjust your actions to bring you back up to your “cruise control” weight. The same is true when it comes to your financial life, and this is why people who live paycheck to paycheck can get a raise or a lump sum of money and up their spending in again until they are again living paycheck to paycheck. This continues until the person becomes aware that the self-image is subconsciously controlling their actions and they become consciously involved in strengthening it.

Author's Bio: 

Seth Czerepak is a personal achievement expert , professional copywriter and the Vice President of VQ Success LLC.

Seth has been practicing and studying the strategies of behavioral transformation and personal leadership development for fifteen years and has empowered hundreds of people to make positive changes in their lives. He has coached people from various backgrounds: athletes, salespeople, corporate executives, parents, couples, teenagers, medical professionals, artists, freelance entrepreneurs and even people suffering from substance addiction and depression.

Seth Czerepak is no stranger to the challenge of personal adversity, having successfully used the method of Value Driven Transcendence to overcome addiction, poverty, divorce, obesity, and financial ruin, and to restore the broken relationships in his life. He has learned the difference between personal leadership development theories which have no place in real life and practical strategies which can be used to create genuine results.