The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bob Knight
If you have read my blog before, you know the emphasis I like to place on preparation. Sorry if this feels like beating a dead horse.
Imagine that you are interested in cooking. You WANT to be really good at it. You have the will to be successful. You have only a very basic understanding of it though – you know that bread is made with flour, eggs, and other ingredients but refuse to look up a recipe and go buy ingredients other that what you already have at home – but you place a huge value on being a great cook. So much value, that your self-esteem was ruined when you threw random ingredients together and failed to make good bread the first time you tried. You then give up and decide that cooking isn’t for you. Doesn’t this seem silly? Wanting something badly yet guessing on the ingredients, expecting it to go perfectly from the start, and quitting immediately after failure probably doesn’t make too much sense to you.
This scenario isn’t much different from the dieter with some very basic knowledge about nutrition and exercise deciding to try to lose weight. The dieter decides to practically “wing it” because she is too busy to make a plan – she heard cutting out carbs will make her lose weight so she might try that. The dieter has the will to succeed, but not the will to prepare for weight loss. The dieter didn’t find reliable sources to educate herself about nutrition, talk to a dietitian for a customized plan, buy different groceries, or make a plan to get back on the horse if she failed. She didn’t prepare.
The will to prepare is more important because if you can motivate yourself to prepare, then success will come. Preparing in the right way is important too though. You can read all the crappy fad diet books in the world and still not know what actually causes weight loss (Pssttt here is your answer). Dietitians are great because they can create a plan that fits your lifestyle, preferences, and goals.