The Top 10 Keys to Losing Weight (How Can I Be Successful with Weight Loss?)

Miniature people enjoy riding a bicycle. Cycling for health Concept.

It’s time to learn what separates those who successfully lose weight (and keep it off) with those who don’t.

Getting in shape is tough stuff, so how exactly do people achieve sustainable weight loss?

This isn’t a rhetorical question, we actually know the answer!

We help folks lose weight as part of our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, and today we’re going to share with you the keys to success.

Here are The 10 Key Differences Between Weight Loss Success and Failure:

  1. Have a Groot Mindset (Be Realistically Optimistic)
  2. Know Your “Big Why”
  3. Don’t Go on a Diet (Adjust Your Nutrition)
  4. Know What’s in the Food You Eat
  5. Use Blueprints and Blocks to Create Goals
  6. You Don’t Have to Exercise (You Get to Exercise)
  7. Invest in Your Health like a 401(k)
  8. Go All-in on Momentum (“Never Two in a Row”)
  9. Know Your Kryptonite
  10. Surround Yourself with Supporters, Not Anchors

It’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in!

1. Have a Groot Mindset (Be Realistically Optimistic)

Baby Groot holding an awesome mixtape.

Losing weight is tough stuff and it’s not going to happen overnight.

But that’s okay. Sometimes it takes years to become the superhero version of ourselves. 

Just ask Groot:

Any reason to include Groot in an article.

Let’s get nerdy for a second (you’re reading Nerd Fitness after all). I assume you’re familiar with Groot, the tree-like superhero from Guardians of the Galaxy

Groot, like most trees, starts off small. Even after quite a few different Marvel movies, he still hasn’t regrown into his full badass superhero potential.

That’s because growing and changing takes time. Even if you’re not a tree.

Those who successfully lose weight know this to be true and prepare their mind for the road ahead. They know if it took them years to gain their current weight and they’re not going to lose it in a matter of days.

So they develop a “Groot Mindset” and understand if they’re patient and do the work, results will follow

Key Takeaway #1 - Have a Groot Mindset

Prepare yourself for the road ahead. While we want you to be optimistic, we also want you to be realistic. If you’re starting your journey in January, you may not hit your goals by March.

That’s okay. We can learn from Goot and simply dance while the process takes its time:

So cute.

Trees don’t grow overnight and people don’t get in shape overnight either. 

If you’re interested in how long the road ahead might be, we have a guide that answers What is the Fastest Way to Lose Weight? Check it out for some realistic expectations for getting in shape.

But, we’re not quite done with adjusting our mindset for losing weight. Next…

2. Know Your “Big Why”.

Question mark from gears

The road to perpetual weight loss and healthiness is fraught with peril.

Even the best-laid plans and New Years Resolutions will end up in a ditch on the side of the road unless you have a damn good reason.

After all, life gets busy and it’s Taco Tuesday and a new video game just came out and you just don’t feel like exercising and it’s cold.

There will ALWAYS be something.

You will never NOT be busy.

We all more or less live like this cat.

That perseverance will form from a damn good answer to the question: “Why?”

Not just “Because I need to lose weight,” but 2-3 levels deeper:

  • WHY do you want to lose weight?
  • What will losing weight mean for your life or happiness?
  • What will you be able to do thanks to that weight loss?

That’s the motivation and answer you need to be reminded of to persevere over the next few months.

If your answer is: “I’m here because my doctor/wife/husband thinks I should lose weight. I know I should exercise more and do more,” you are doomed. You will give up at the first sign of adversity.

Compare this to the raw, deep, honest answers we get from NF Coaching Clients when we ask about their “Big WHY”:

  • “I’m here because my dad died of a heart attack at age 45, and I don’t want my kids growing up without a father like I did.”
  • “I’m here because I want my husband/wife to look at me the way he/she used to, and I want us to grow old together.”
  • “I’m here because I just got dumped and I want to get healthy so I can start dating again. I don’t want people swiping left on my photos anymore.”
  • “I’m here because I want to look in the mirror and be proud of what I see. I want to stop hiding behind others in photographs.”

Find Your Big Why

Why are you here? Why do you want to build healthy habits?

Write down your Great Big Why and go deep, my friend. Way down. And ask yourself “Why?” to the answer of each of your questions until you get to the root of your reason for being here.

Once you write that answer down, hang it up somewhere you can see it every day: fridge, home office, bathroom mirror. Accept responsibility for your current situation, be compassionate that you’re in a tough spot, and then ALSO accept that you CAN change, and your identity can change with small wins that prove it.

3. Don’t Go on a Diet. Adjust Your nutrition.

Time to talk about the kitchen.

People who struggle to lose weight often have a love/hate relationship with diets.

Mostly hate.

They go on diets all the time – especially in early January, and then they go off diets. And then they go on another diet. And then they find another diet that’s supposed to promise even faster, easier weight loss, so they switch to that one.

They get dieting wrong from the start, and this is what dooms them.

They go on a diet for a month or two, and then can’t wait to go back to “eating normally.”

Diets can make you feel like this.

The problem is that their “eating normally” is the reason likely why they’re overweight in the first place.

They go Keto for a month and have success, then fall off…then go Paleo for 6 weeks and lose 40 pounds, and then fall off…then they do a cleanse for 30 days and drop 2 pant sizes, and then fall off…

Temporary changes to one’s eating results in temporary results to one’s weight and physique.

Like an addict chasing the next high, somebody consistently has to chase the next diet because their normal eating is the problem in the first place!

And yup, dieting sucks.

Starvation, eliminating favorite foods, and trying to use willpower to avoid candy and sweets is a terrible strategy. So stop doing it.

No wonder people abandon diets as soon as they start them; they think, “If this is what it takes to be skinny, I’d rather stay out of shape and happy.”

This year, make a pledge to NOT go on a diet.

Instead, come to terms with this: “My concept of ‘normal eating’ isn’t working, which means that needs to change permanently in order for me to get healthy permanently.”

Think about that for a second.

If you “never get to be done” with your nutrition, and you can’t go back to how you were eating before, then the ONLY way permanent success happens is if you actually enjoy your new “normal.”

Don't do diets, adjust your nutrition

Stop going on diets!

No more diet pills, cleanses, or crazy 30-day strategies.

Nothing you do can be temporary, or the results will be temporary.

Instead, you are going to make deliberate, incremental permanent changes to your daily nutrition, slowly, over a period of many months.

Eat to line up with your goals.

If you are afraid of giving up something, don’t! Make unhealthy foods more of a treat and less of a daily indulgence:

When you think about getting healthy this year, think in terms of days and years, not weeks and months:

Know that it took years to get your current physique, and it’s going to take months if not years to correct it. This means you HAVE to enjoy the journey.

Once you accept that you never get to be “done,” you can start picking small adjustments or changes that won’t scare you away from adhering to your plan.

4. Know What’s in the Food You Eat.

Lego chef with hot dog against blue baseplate backgrounds.

Did you know that when it comes to weight loss, your nutrition choices will account for 90% of your success or failure?

In the Nerd Fitness Rebellion, we refer to this as the “you can’t outrun your fork” rule.

Seriously. 90+ PERCENT of the equation

Tattoo this on your forehead. Hire somebody to skywrite it above your home every day. Pay somebody to call you every morning and remind you of this fact.

Whatever it takes to get you to realize that changing your eating habits will be the fastest (and only) path to weight loss in 2022.

And it starts by educating yourself about food.

Make a habit of knowing what’s in the food you eat! 

Whether it’s portion control, calorie counting, tracking macros, or even keeping a food journal, it’s important to have a rough idea of the total calories and nutritional breakdown of the food you consume regularly.

After all, GI Joe tells us that “Knowing is half the battle!”

The other half is lasers:Knowing is half the battle, lasers is the other half

With each meal tracked, these habits add up to knowing what needs to happen every day for you to get healthy.

Once you know how many calories you should be eating every day, you can start to make more informed decisions on foods that fill you up but are low in calories:

Spoiler alert: as we point out in our healthy eating guide, it’s healthy protein, fruits, veggies, and correct portions of healthy carbs.

It’ll come together and look sort of like this:

If your meal plate looks like this, you're doing a lot of the heavy lifting for weight loss.

Plus, once you learn to read a nutrition label, you can start to avoid marketing hype and buzzwords and focus on the actual product!

For example, here are two different beverages:

  • Coca-Cola (20 oz): 240 calories, 65 g of carbs (65 g of sugar)
  • Naked Juice Green Machine (15 oz): 270 calories, 63 g of carbs (55 g of sugar)

Look at those two things above: one is a can of cola that you know is bad for you, the other is marketed as a “healthy beverage.”

Neither one is great for you, and the calories must be accounted for in your daily intake.

Having some fun, we decided to make this:

The Green Machine is more or less just a bottle of sugar.

Don’t fall for the hype: read the label, count your calories, and break free of the Matrix!

This Takeaway, know what your food is made of.

Learn about the food you’re eating. You’re an adult, you can take 3 minutes and Google it.

Once you know the composition of your meals, you can start to make subtle adjustments or change quantities over time as you start to approach a healthier weight.

Be okay with “good enough” to start, and get more accurate as time goes on.

What’s that? You don’t know how to eat healthy? I got you, boo: “A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

For each food, learn the following:

  • Total calories
  • Serving size
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Carbs

Don’t overthink this: Write down what you eat every day for a week. If your weight isn’t changing, adjust down total calories and see how your weight changes.

Here are 5 nutrition tips that have great success with our coacing clients:

5. Use Blueprints and Blocks to Create Goals.

One brick at a time is how you build a house like this.

People who struggle to lose weight often say things like “I’m going to exercise more this year!”

Goals like this are cloudy with no real markers for success.

It’s a point that Coach Matt brings in the video “10 Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick.”

With no beacon guiding them, people who struggle to lose weight often don’t know if they’re on track, and there’s no accountability if they don’t succeed. These goals get tossed in the abandoned pile next to goals like “I’m gonna start flossing!”

Compare this to what you’re going to do in 2022:

  • Pick a reachable blueprint to follow: an outcome-based goal.
  • Place the blocks to build that blueprint: a habit-based goal.

Let’s see this in action: “I want to lose X amount of weight by X date.”

With a very specific goal and a specific timeline, we can work backward to calculate how much weight we need to lose each week to build that blueprint: our target weight.

Once you know where you want to be a year from now – you can then just focus on what you need to do TODAY.

EXAMPLE: I want to lose 50 pounds by December 31st, 2022.

Okay, if it’s January 1st, that’s roughly one pound per week. So then, what needs to happen each day to help us reach that goal? Let’s focus there.

Focusing on the habit (“today I’m going to drink only one soda instead of 3, and have one vegetable“) allows you to not get overwhelmed at the big picture.

In Minecraft terms, once you have the blueprints for a replica of Rivendell from Lord of the Rings, all you have to focus on is placing the next block in the right place. And then repeat!

Eventually, you’ll have Rivendell:

This Takeaway, pick a blueprint and start placing blocks.

Here’s a real-life example of this block-placing mentality:

“My goal is to reach my goal weight of 150 pounds by December 1st, 2022, so I will eat one vegetable every day, and I will strength train for 30 minutes, two days per week. On other days, I’ll go for a 10-minute walk.”

What happens when you do this: you stop worrying about the outcome, and instead JUST focus on the habit you have to do today.

It allows you to very easily answer the question: “Yes, I placed the block” or “no, I did not place the block.”

  • You either ate a vegetable today or you didn’t.
  • You either exercised for 30 minutes today or you didn’t.

Make sure you are picking a blueprint that you can build (it’s not TOO unrealistic), and keep things simple. A target weight loss goal of 1 pound per week is reasonable and sustainable. Remember that the focus should be on SUSTAINABLE progress – not “progress at any cost.”

Once you start reaching goals, you can create more complex plans.

Or in fantasy terms, after you finally slay the dragon, go find a bigger one!

6. You don’t HAVE to exercise, You GET to exercise.

A picture of a mouse working out in a small space.

People who struggle to lose weight often treat exercise as a miserable means to an end:

“I’ll exercise until I reach my goal weight and then I can stop this exercise stuff and go back to what I was doing before.”

Temporary changes, miserable strategy, temporary results… sound familiar?

They run on a treadmill because they think they should, but they hate it, and they never want to go back. Or they get dragged to some virtual fitness class and pretend they lost their internet connection to turn it off.

Hey, at least they're moving!

While they do their best to build the habit, they’re so unhappy and unexcited about the exercise that the habit never sticks. They only exercise until they reach a goal and then they stop. Ugh. Temporary changes = temporary results!

Look, here’s the truth: “exercise” sucks.

So you’re going to stop doing “exercise.”

I’ve heard from Nerd Fitness Clients time and time again: “I can’t believe it, but I actually look forward to exercising now. How did THAT happen?”

What’s going on here?

Because nutrition is 90% of the battle, building a habit of exercise and movement is more important than what specific type of exercise you choose.

Here are 40 ways to exercise without realizing it:

This Takeaway, remember that you GET to exercise.

You don’t have to exercise in a way that you hate.

Pick the kind of exercise that makes you come alive. Don’t have that form of exercise yet? Try new things!

Especially the stuff that doesn’t feel like exercise.

Nutrition is 90% of the battle, so the exercise can be something that you enjoy, that reminds you to make better food choices so your efforts don’t go to waste.

Desperate to lose weight faster? In addition to fixing your nutrition, try temptation bundling to get you to go to the gym.

Have a specific physique in mind (six-pack, toned arms, a better butt, broader chest, etc.)? Build the body you want and get hooked on improvement: “I can’t wait to go work out and find out how much stronger I got today compared to last week.”

You are a video game character increasing your strength attribute with each training session.

7. They invest in their health like a 401(k).

 I've always liked these candy coins too.

When it comes down to our health, we can invest in three ways:

  • Time
  • Effort
  • Money

Healthy habit-building badasses know this and prioritize accordingly: they know investing in their health is the best decision they can make for the long term. So they decide what’s the correct balance of time, effort, and money to use for that investment.

Your health is an investment, just like your net worth:

  • If you want to devote your effort and time to building your own workouts, crafting your own meal plans, and keeping yourself accountable, that’s awesome! I did this for myself for years.
  • You might decide to outsource your programming to a coach, recruit an accountability partner, or buy into a program that creates your workouts and nutrition for you.

Either way, this is a months or years-long process that requires discipline! Every day you get a tiny bit better compounds upon the day before and builds you a big nest egg (read: a great physique) that will keep you wealthy (read: healthy) for decades and decades.

We’ve had thousands of people who read all the free content on Nerd Fitness for years with no results, because they never invested in themselves.

However, the second they finally invested in themselves by hiring a 1-on-1 coach, they took action and lost weight within months.


Because we VALUE what we pay for and invest in, making us more likely to actually do the damn thing. And we don’t value what we get for free or take for granted.

Some folks don’t look at all of this stuff rationally – they complain about spending 99 cents on an iPhone app that could dramatically improve the quality of their life, and then gladly spend $6 on a sugary Starbucks beverage each morning without a second thought.

I don't get it either

People email me all the time asking, “Why should I pay for a course when there is free information online?”

Welp, there has been free information online for decades – has it gotten you in shape yet? Maybe there’s a point to investing in yourself!

Many people – myself included – will gladly pay for somebody to cut through all of the noise and bad information to deliver ONLY the right information that they need to read or hear.

Your money, your time, and your effort are all limited resources: how you choose to spend each of them tells me a lot about your priorities.

Personally, I gladly pay hundreds of dollars every month for my own online fitness coach, and have done so since 2014.

Many probably think I’m crazy and that this is a waste of money (“just do your own workouts!”), but I feel that it’s the best money I spend every month, and it’s why I’ve prioritized it over other expenses.

I’m not just paying for a workout plan in an excel document.

I am paying for accountability from somebody who is checking in on me, expertise from a trained professional who can spot my weaknesses, and the knowledge that I’ll actually do the workout because I’m spending my hard-earned money on it.

And it got me the results that had eluded me for a decade.

This Takeaway, treat your health like a 401k.

It’s not what you say is a priority, it’s what you spend your time or money on that’s a priority.

Prioritize your money and time on the best stuff, even at the expense of other creature comforts, and you’re more likely to get in shape because you’ll actually care about it.

Answer these questions:

How much money do you spend on your health?

How much time and effort do you devote to creating your workouts or fine-tuning your nutrition?

Have you ever hired a coach or paid for an online course?

Do you buy apps or software that makes your life easier, or do you try to get by with free stuff that you know you won’t actually use?

Sometimes spending money is the best investment you can make in yourself – because you KNOW that the free option is something you won’t stick with! 

  • Although you have a small room with weights in your apartment complex, pay money to join an outdoor class in a park because you hate working out alone. If you know people are counting on you to show up, you’ll more likley work out.
  • Pre-pay for 20 personal trainer sessions (virtual is okay) – if you’ve already paid for it and scheduled the workouts, you’ll actually DO IT.
  • Don’t have time to cut up vegetables? Buy them pre-prepared. Expensive? Maybe, but worth the price if it gets you to eat more veggies.
  • Decide what to sacrifice. It might mean you have to skip movies out or cancel your cable to prioritize a healthy meal service or buy more cookbooks so you never get bored with cooking new healthy meals.

Start thinking about this from a different perspective:

You’re not buying a fitness course or a trainer or an overpriced salad (that you would never make for yourself anyways).

You’re not just hiring a coach that prescribes you a workout that you could have found for free on the internet.

You’re investing in your future and purchasing accountability and expertise and momentum.

If you are looking for that expert guidance, accountability, and peace of mind that you’re training the right way for your goals, schedule a free consultation with Team NF to learn about our coaching program today!

8. Go All In On Momentum.

I can watch these things all afternoon.

Remember that Isaac Newton guy?

“An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, unless acted on by another force.”

This is called “inertia,” and nothing could be more applicable when it comes to your health.

People who struggle to lose weight often have a LOT of inertia to overcome when they are trying to build healthy habits and get in shape:

Their body is used to sitting on a couch and eating junk food, which means the habit of exercise is agonizing. They have to convince themselves to get off the couch and go out into the wilderness. Eating vegetables and healthy food sucks compared to their normal comfort food.

But they use max effort to do these things a few times, and momentum starts to shift away from unhealthy and towards healthy.

And that’s when things fall apart.

Literally "falling apart" in this case

Their kid gets sick or they work late and they miss a workout. Not the end of the world, right? But then it snows the next day, and one missed workout day becomes two, which becomes a month in the blink of an eye.

And they’re back to square one.

We are going to focus instead on cultivating and protecting momentum.

Perpetual health doesn’t happen in days, or with a few decisions. It takes months (or more likely, years) of consistent effort.

And shit happens.

Pandemics. Kids. Work. Life.

It’s more than just “missing a workout.” It’s killing your momentum, and momentum is crucial to long term health.

So focus on doing whatever you can to build momentum quickly and maintain it.

This Takeaway, go all-in on momentum.

Momentum is crucial to being perpetually healthy. So you need to protect it with your life.

To build momentum until it becomes autopilot, try:

  • Exercising 4 days per week without fail. Yes, even on holidays. Yup, even if it’s only push-ups for 5 minutes.
  • Going for a morning walk every single day, even when it’s snowing.
  • Scheduling workouts for early Saturday morning with a virtual trainer so you won’t drink like a fish Friday night.
  • Putting your workouts in your calendar. Have a friend give $50 of your money to a cause you hate every time you miss a workout.

Which means you should be following my favorite rule: never miss two in a row.

Two missed workouts quickly becomes 30 in the blink of an eye. Two bad meals quickly becomes a week of pizza and Chinese food.

So “never two in a row!” – never eat two bad meals in a row, never miss a workout two days in a row.

If you miss a workout, that next day is suddenly the most important workout of your life. Do whatever you need to do to get to the gym!

If you eat a bad meal, that’s fine! Enjoy it. But that next meal is suddenly the most important meal of your life! Do whatever you need to do to eat a dang vegetable!

9. Know Your Kryptonite.

Emerald gem stone mineral. Green gemstone of precious rock isolated on white background. Transparent shiny raw brilliant gem

I want to share an important quote from the late, great physicist Richard Feynman:

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”

Some folks might be aware of their Kryptonite, but they just hope and pray they have enough willpower to overcome it every day.

They eat a single Oreo, and then spend an hour thinking about cookies until they go eat a whole sleeve of Oreo cookies and then berate themselves for not having more willpower to avoid the temptation.

The truth is that we are all flawed superheroes.

We've all felt like this..minus the pizza maybe.

People who struggle to lose weight often try to fix their flaws through sheer willpower and then feel deep shame when they can’t stop their behavior.

Permanently healthy people recognize their Kryptonite, and have a plan to avoid or protect against it:

If they know grains make them unhappy and bloated, they follow a Paleo diet and remove those foods completely so there’s no attempt to only eat half a serving of something.

If they know they struggle with portion control, then maybe they try skipping a meal with Intermittent Fasting.

They also ask the questions that get to the heart of their Kryptonite with regards to weight gain:

  • Maybe they eat when they’re bored.
  • Maybe they eat when they’re upset.
  • Maybe they eat when they’re nervous.
  • Maybe they eat when they’re watching TV.

They KNOW these things about themselves, and they know unhealthy food has been designed to be addictive.

So they plan for it!

This Takeaway, know thy Kryptonite.

Know thyself, my dear friend, and know what your triggers are.

We’re all flawed; plan for your flaws instead of trying to fight them. These triggers can be environmental or situational or emotional. Know it will happen, and build a Kryptonite-proof plan so you don’t have to worry about avoiding it.

Stop relying on motivation and willpower to tackle your Kryptonite.

Add accountability, punishments, and rewards into your life to stay on track and avoid your Kryptonite:

  • Check-in with someone every day to make sure they ate their vegetables.
  • Instruct your friend to donate your $50 to a politician you hate if you miss a workout check-in.
  • Reward yourself with new running shoes (a reward that rewards you back with more momentum) if you complete 20 runs in a single month.
  • Build your Batcave (your environment) so it’s tougher to make unhealthy decisions and easier to make healthy ones.
  • Don’t order out from unhealthy restaurants, and schedule early workouts on Saturdays so you won’t drink yourself silly on Friday.

You don’t need to be flawless. You don’t need a perfect plan. What you do need is to have an honest conversation with yourself about things you need to avoid while you’re trying to make healthier choices.

That might be certain restaurants, certain aisles of the supermarket, or even certain people….

10. Surround Yourself with Supporters, Not Anchors

Two characters from Mario Kart

You are the average of the 5 people you associate most with.

Are they banana peels?

Or are they Lakitus?

Banana peels need no introduction: drive over one in Mario Kart and they’ll ruin a perfectly good race by crushing all of your momentum.

The bane of any Mario Kart racer

Compare that to Lakitu. If you’re not familiar, he’s the little guy on the cloud in Mario Kart that picks you up when you fall off the track and puts you back on course.

He's not too bad when he isn't throwing spike shells at you.

People who struggle to lose weight often get spun out by the banana peels in their lives:

  • “What do you mean you don’t want to eat my lasagna anymore? You love my cooking.”
  • “Everybody is coming over to play D&D and eat pizza, you can’t miss this.”
  • “You don’t need to lose weight. You look fine. Live a little. Come on.”

Questions and comments like these subtly influence our behavior every day. Which is how you end up looking like and acting like the 5 people you associate most with. 

Compare this to Lakitus: the people who want you to succeed, who hold you accountable and make you want to be better.

I recently asked our private community from Nerd Fitness Prime what the group meant to them.

This response jumped out at me:

Dave here knows it's about who you surround yourself with.

You need to be surrounded by people that pick you up, not slow you down.

Healthy people know this, and they make the hard decisions about who is worthy of their time and attention.

They often fire their unhealthy friends and family – even if only temporarily – because they can’t be around negative influence as they’re trying to build momentum.

I’ve heard of tons of stories where unhealthy relationships have ended because a newly healthy individual was dating an unhealthy person who didn’t want them to be healthy and was actively sabotaging them.

Why does this happen? Because it’s often easier to drag other people down than it is to look honestly in the mirror and address one’s shortcomings or unhealthy. 

If you are trying to get healthy, minimize your time around banana peels and MAXIMIZE your time with Lakitus.

This Takeaway, surround yourself with Lakitus not banana peels.

You are influenced dramatically by the people around you whether you realize it or not. How are these people influencing you?

Take exercise:

  • Banana Peel: You want to exercise, but your friends are mad at you for skipping Among US or a World of Warcraft raid… you’re going to skip the workout.
  • Lakitu: You want to exercise, and your friends are currently doing yoga in the park… you’re gonna find your mat!


  • Banana Peel: Your family orders take out and everyone wants pizza. You’ll likely order junk food to fit in, rather than order a salad and endure the scorn.
  • Lakitu: You decide on delivery and the 4 people in your house want salads – I’d bet $1000 you’re going to order something healthy too.

Mental health:

  • Banana Peel: You have 5 friends who never talk about anything serious: how are you supposed to tell them about your depression medication or that you’re thinking about going to see a therapist?
  • Lakitu: You have 5 friends who are not only accepting of your flaws, but share theirs too and have advice for you.

Decide who is worthy of your attention, and work on putting yourself in situations with people who make you want to be better.

This might mean a serious conversation with your significant other that “likes you more full-figured” if your goal is to be healthier and happier.

Or diving deep into deflection strategies if you have to constantly deal with unhealthy family members you can’t fire.

If they are worth your time, they will change their tune to be more supportive and helpful and less of an anchor.

And then start spending time around people who are stronger, healthier, happier, and more successful than you. And do what they do.

  • Use 20 seconds of courage to strike up a conversation with someone at the bicycle shop and make plans to go bike ride together.
  • Join a running club at work, or start a running club if one doesn’t exist yet (when it’s safe to do so).
  • If you don’t have people in real life cheering you on, find an online group that pushes you to be better.

How is NEXT YEAR Going to Be Different?

Empty asphalt road and New year 2019, 2020, 2021 concept. Drivin

Phew! Okay, let’s see how many of these you can actually check off:

  1. I have a Groot Mindset
  2. I know my Big Why
  3. I don’t go on diets. I adjust my nutrition.
  4. I know what my food is made of.
  5. I have blueprints and blocks.
  6. I don’t have to exercise; I GET to.
  7. I invest in my health like a 401(k).
  8. I go all-in on momentum.
  9. I know my Kryptonite.
  10. I seek out Lakitus, not banana peels.

Give yourself a score, and let me know which ones are the toughest for you to follow through on.

If you checked 6 or fewer boxes, pick ONE of the habits and work on it for the next month. Internalize it. Make it part of your new identity. And then move onto the next one.

You’re overcoming inertia and building momentum!

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Alright, now it’s your turn:

Agree with my 10 traits? Disagree?

Anything missing?

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