Whether you think you can or you can’t – You are right. Henry Ford
This really is true in health and fitness. What your mind tells you has a huge impact on your actions and therefore the outcome of your goal. I think this is seen most in Endurance events, no matter how much you train for a marathon, triathlon, iron man etc. at some point during that race even the elites are going to feel like their legs won’t carry them any further. It’s at this point their mind tells them they can and will finish. If their mind tells them they won’t finish there is a good chance they are going to stop and call it a day.
So on your weight loss journey what are you telling yourself? If you start with a negative mind-set telling yourself that you will always be overweight, you will never fit into your skinny jeans then your actions will reflect that.
What is Mind-set and can you control it?
Your Mindset is the beliefs you hold about yourself.
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, wrote in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, that there are two different types of mindsets: fixed and growth-oriented.
- People with a fixed mindset think talent alone creates success. When faced with a challenge, they tend to take the easy way out to avoid failure and embarrassment. This is a psychological principle known as self-handicapping.
- People with a growth mindset believe they can improve their abilities and create successes by working hard, practicing, and learning. They take on challenges even at the risk of failing. They embrace failure because they know they’ll learn valuable lessons from it.
So which Mindset are you?
If you are growth mindset then I imagine you are already telling yourself you will succeed, you can lose that extra half stone and you will keep it off. Your right, you can and will!
If you are a fixed mindset don’t worry. The mind is like a muscle, the more your work it and feed it the more it will grow.
First, start to acknowledge your negative thoughts. Then start to reframe them, if you hear yourself say “I can’t lose weight I will slip up eating out” say to yourself “There will be obstacles along the way but as long as I keep getting back on track I will succeed”. The more you practice talking positively to yourself the easier it will become.
I also find surrounding myself with positive images/examples helps me to believe my dreams are possible. I have read autobiographies of successful people; I listen to podcasts showcasing ordinary people who achieved incredible things. I have no time for listening to studies and statistics that say according to the numbers the odds are against me, so what if out of 100 people only 2 people succeeded at………………….what if I’m one of those 2? What if you ran the study again and nurtured all 100 on their mindset of achieving? How many would succeed then?
So whatever your goal, have a look at your mindset on the chances of your success? If your mind isn’t telling you that you are absolutely going to smash it, work on your mindset first and the road to success will follow.