"Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny."
The Power of a Positive Mindset
The dictionary defines ‘mindset’ as:
- A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.
- An inclination or a habit.
- What attitudes are holding you back?
- What are you thinking about yourself and your life most of the time?
- Is it mostly positive or negative?
- Are you even aware of most of your thoughts and attitudes?
- Is there a change in attitude you can make about something that may help get you going in the right direction?
To Think is to Become
The answer is quite simple … EVERYTHING.
While that may seem like a powerful statement, if you stop and think about it, it’s so true! You ARE what you think you are, and that is what you BECOME.
It all starts with our mindset. Our mindset determines our attitudes and our habits, and our habits create who we are and can also shape our destiny.
Mindset Affects Everything
We’re also going to look at the habits you’ve developed that may be sabotaging what you want to achieve and how you can replace them with habits that will serve you.
Here’s something to really think about:
- What would you attempt if you knew anything was possible?
- What would you attempt if you knew you would succeed?
- What if the sky really was the limit?
Ahhhh… that opens up a whole new world of possibilities, doesn’t it? Your attitude may have changed and you may have thought of something you’d like to do or try. Something you wanted to do since you were a child or young adult and gave up on. What came to mind for you? It is something on your bucket list, a new adventure, or maybe it’s becoming healthier and being more active or doing more things for yourself?
Your mindset = your thoughts and your attitude and changing your attitude can quite literally change your life.
Sometimes, it’s like flipping a light switch.
I’d like to challenge you to rethink that to possibly ‘I haven’t found an exercise I enjoy yet, but maybe I can think of something I can do even if I don’t love it…yet’. So you can go from ‘deciding’ you hate to exercise to being open to trying something and then ‘deciding’ to do it? Even something as simple as getting started with a 15-minute walk.
We can all find 10 -15 minutes in our day somewhere to fit in a little activity, right? This may mean getting up a few minutes earlier or walking during your lunch break. It doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing’ with exercise, meaning, if you can’t do an hour workout, 10 -15 minutes is still better than nothing and, over time, 15 minutes a day makes a difference. The truth is, if something is important enough, we’ll find a way to get it done. It just has to be a big enough priority. Did you know…just walking 15 minutes a day, five days a week, would equal 3,900 minutes in 1 year! It sure adds up!
A bit on my personal story. Growing up I was not an athletic child. When we needed to pick teams for school sports, I was always the last person picked for the team! For track and field days I often faked a stomach ache so I would not have to go to school because I just hated coming in last for all the events. I was so self conscious of my lack of coordination and lack of athletic ability.
This negative experience affected my over all fitness level. I did not feel I could ever really enjoy any kind of physical activity except perhaps getting out for a brisk walk. As a young adult while many of my friends were getting their first gym memberships I was far too self conscious to set foot in a gym.
That all changed a few years ago! My good friend encouraged me to join her for a boot camp class at the park. The park is right across the street from my house so it couldn’t have been anymore convenient. I sucked up my fear and negative thoughts and joined the boot camp! To my great surprise I loved it! It was so fun gathering in the bright summer sun with like minded people and working up a sweat!
This positive experience totally changed my attitude towards physical activity. After the boot camp I joined a Pilates class, tried out a Barre class and I even decided to join a gym! I now look forward to my classes at the gym each week! I feel more confident, I have more energy and I know that will help me be strong and healthy!
Start One Step at a Time!
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