MINDSET…I have an absolute passion for mindset, because when it comes to health and fitness (or actually anything in life), nothing is going to change unless you first change your mindset. Your mind is a very, very powerful tool, you can use it to create the life you want, OR you can use it to make you hit rock bottom. Because I love mindset so much, and believe it is the most important aspect in all changes, and it is also the most underaddressed topic I have recreated this two part blog to showcase 15 topics and how you can easily shift your mindset around these things.
Mindset is so important that it is actually the very first topic covered in my upcoming book. Here is a little extract from (title isn’t released yet)….
While it is true that creating a healthy body helps create a healthy mind, I believe that having a healthy mind is your ultimate play for creating a healthy lifestyle. The mind is where we hold all our beliefs and therefore it determines what actions we take, as well as the actions we don’t take. When we get our mindset into a positive state, it makes all the other stuff easier. Understanding your beliefs will help you get to the underlying problems which you may never have known affected your health. Here’s to the start of your journey and a healthy mindset.
We all seem to be short on time for one reason or another, but is time really the challenge? Think about your top three role models and answer this one simple question – ‘How many hours do they have in a day?’
My guess is that every single one of those role models have 24 hours each day, and the good news is – so do you! People all over the world are achieving great things in the same amount of time as people are choosing to sit on their butt watching TV. Figure out what matters most to you, value your time, and use it wisely.
Excuses are these stupid little things that stop us from achieving out goals and dreams. No matter what the situation someone always has an excuse; and while they are using that excuse there is someone else out there using that exact same reason to push harder!
Ditch all your excuses by writing them down, and then writing an argument against each one. Banish your excuses today and you will never look back.
WORDS YOU SPEAK
The words we choose to speak and think define who we become. We often find ourselves talking in negative terms without even realising it. By changing the way we talk, we can create so many more opportunities for ourselves.
Rid yourself of the worlds ‘Can’t’, ‘try’ and ‘should’. Example ‘I can’t afford that’ becomes ‘How can I afford that?’
Also the words you choose to say determine the way you feel, so next time someone asks you how you are, don’t just reply with a ‘fine’ or ‘OK’, change it up to something really enthusiastic. Don’t believe that words influence your mood? Sing Tom Jones ‘I feel good’ upon waking up and I bet you will feel great.
Remember if you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right!
Problems, we all have them but how we view our problems is our choice. First of all remove the word ‘problem’ from your vocabulary and replace it with ‘challenges’. Everyone likes a good challenge, as challenges help us grow and become stronger.
It is our choice how we wish to react to a challenge – we can either hide from it and pretend it’s not there, or we can take it as a great opportunity to test ourselves. Next time you are faced with a challenge I want you to take a couple of deep breaths before deciding what to do. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. Instead think of how this challenge can open doors for you.
Diet would have to be one of the worst words in the dictionary. What diet generally means is cutting out an important nutrient so you drop weight fast, and then once you start eating properly again not only will you put the weight back on but you will probably gain a few extra kilos as well. Isn’t that a great deal!
So diet is another word we are going to banish, because it doesn’t add value to your life. Instead focus on lifestyle changes that you can incorporate into your everyday life, not just a quick fix program.
Comparing ourselves to others is a game we can never win. We often find ourselves comparing ourselves to fitness models on the cover of a magazine or a multi millionaire, and when we make these comparisons we always seem to fall short.
Why you shouldn’t compare yourself to….
Fitness models: While we all know these photos have been digitally enhanced somewhere along the line, these models only get to that small amount of body fat percentage for certain events. Don’t get me wrong I think they all look great, and a lot of hard work has gone into achieving what they have achieved, BUT it’s just not realistic long term.
Multi Millionaire: Get all the motivation and helpful advice from these people as possible, it will help you change your life if you put it into action. However, don’t compare yourself to them as you are on a different journey. Focus on where you are going, and not where they are.
The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.
While we can’t control everything that happens to us in our lifetime, we are able to control the way we respond to situations. Think or the word responsible as just that, response-able.
When we get caught in a situation it is our choice if we fly off the handle or take it as a learning curve and move on. Choose how you respond and live a happy, more positive life.
We have so much to be grateful for in this day in life, however most of us pay more attention to the negative aspects of our lives. Think that no matter what you are going through, someone out there is experiencing something worse than you.
Stop focusing on all that is bad and start being happy and grateful for the things you have (these most definitely don’t have to be material things). Start a gratitude journal where you jot down different things you are grateful or happy about. I guarantee when you do this you will view your life in a much brighter light and notice things that you truly appreciate – some of these things you will more than likely have taken for granted before.