Hello, I want to welcome you all to another episode: The Body By Patrick podcast with Patrick Ocheni. The topic of today’s podcast is, “7 Keys to achieving your weight loss goal.”
Let’s get it rolling.
Key number one is, you’ve got to be uncomfortable with your current situation.
You’ve got to be frustrated.
You’ve got to be unsatisfied.
Some people call this having a burning desire to change.
In 2008 when I lost 60 pounds in 180 days, the starting point is, I was uncomfortable with my current situation. I looked in the mirror and I was like, I am not totally satisfied with the way I look. I was frustrated. I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t fit into my outfit.
When you’re trying to change your life, you’ve got to do it for you.
The second key to achieving your weight loss goal is, you’ve got to be willing to reach out for help.
You have to understand, your thought processes led you to where you are right now. For you to achieve change, your thinking is got to be different.
You’ve got to be willing to reach out for help that way somebody can do what’s called a “pattern interrupt”, interrupt the way that you are thinking and change course, change direction.
When I was 13 years old and I was unsatisfied with my situation; being unhappy, uncomfortable in my own skin, what I did was I had a conversation with a friend of mine and I said, I feel out of shape, I want to feel better about myself.
I reached out for help, and that’s what you’ve got to do.
You don’t know what you don’t know. I didn’t know wrestling existed. I didn’t know that could be a solution to my problem. But, what I did was I reached out to somebody and he presented me with a possible solution, which was to join the wrestling team.
Key number three is, you’ve got to take fast, immediate action. The thing is, you don’t have to know all the steps.
Back in 1992 after I said to my friend I needed to lose weight, I wanted to get in shape, he said to me, join the wrestling team.
I remember we got up, and literally he walked me to the wrestling coach. I had never met the wrestling coach before in my life. I never knew wrestling existed before in my life.
All I knew was my friend was telling me, if you’re trying to improve your life, if you’re trying to create a better situation in your life, here is a possible solution for you, the wrestling team.
That’s all I knew.
I knew nothing about what they even did in wrestling practice. I did not know anything.
That’s the key guys, you don’t have to know all the steps before you can achieve success.
All you need to know is that it is possible. It is possible. That’s all you need to know.
A lot of you, the reason why you’re not achieving success is because you keep procrastinating. You keep doing research and research and research. You’ve got to take action.
You have to understand, success loves speed.
If I’d said to my friend, let me go home and research and get back to you in the next day, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
More than likely, I would have figured out a way to convince myself not to do it.
Key number four is, you need structure.
After I joined the wrestling team, what happened was it created structure for me.
I show up to practice every day, there was a coach, the coach had a workout plan and all I did was do it. I didn’t have to think.
The reason why some of you are not achieving your success in terms of your fitness goal is that, you’re thinking too much.
You need structure and you need a plan that puts your thoughts on autopilot whereby you don’t have to think about it or try to figure it out on your own.
Key number five is, you’ve got to be coachable.
From the moment my friend told me, listen, you say you want to lose weight, follow me. I followed him.
I was coachable.
When I got to the coach, he said to me, Patrick, if you want to join the wrestling team take this form to your doctor. Have it filled out, get this physical done, come back and give it to me. I took the form, I gave it to my dad. We went to get a physical, I brought the form back.
I was coachable.
Then he says, show up to wrestling practice at 3:00 PM. Guess what? I showed up to wrestling practice at 3:00 PM.
When I got to wrestling practice, guess what, this is the routine we’re going to do everything. Okay, that’s what we’re going to do. I did not question anything.
I was coachable.
Key number six is this, you need a community. You cannot try to achieve your fitness goal all by yourself as the lone ranger.
The beauty of when I joined the wrestling team, it’s all of a sudden, I was in a room with guys and girls that were trying to achieve a similar goal.
Everybody was there to get better, to be the best they can be. As a result, we created a comradery. It felt like a second family to me, so I looked forward to going to practice every single day.
Some of the people I met on that wrestling team back in 1992, I’m still friends with today; we’ve formed life long friendships.
Can you achieve yourfitness goal by yourself at home? Yes, you can. Some people can, but it would take a lot more energy, a lot more self motivation.
Be part of a community, it’s hard to have fun all by yourself.
Number seven, you’ve got to be willing to invest in achieving whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
You have to be willing to invest something to get back something return.
For example, going back to when I joined the wrestling team, I had to invest an additional three plus hours per day between wrestling practice and the commute back home in order to achieve my goal.
There’s always an exchange. You’ve always got to pay the price for success.
Nothing is for free.
If a farmer wants to grow whatever, they’ve got to invest by toiling the ground and by planting seeds, that’s the investment they’ve got to go through in order to be able to have a harvest at the end.
Anything in life with achievement requires an investment on your part, and that’s what I did when I joined the wrestling team. I invested in the form of time and effort. In return, by the end of the season, I was 50 pounds lighter.
I was not even really fixated on my goal, which was to lose weight. I was just more focused on the process. When you focus on the process, the goal will take care of itself.