Creating a healthy mindset Recap
Welcome to the last coaching lesson on creating a healthy mindset. Today’s lesson is a review and recap of what it takes to create the right mindset needed to achieve any lifelong health goal.
What we believe decides how we think. How we think decides our emotions. Our emotions decide our actions, and our actions decide the results we achieve.
So your beliefs are ultimately deciding the results you are getting. If you are not happy with the results you are getting, then start with changing your beliefs.
As the saying goes “What you think you become”.
For example; if you believe that exercise is boring and uncomfortable, you will focus on all the negative things when it comes to exercise, your emotion is going to be of disgust to having to do something you believe you don’t like, you will perform actions to prove your belief is right (as no-one likes being proven wrong), the result, therefore, will be performing exercise that is boring and uncomfortable. Hence you reinforce your belief that exercise is boring and uncomfortable.
It is human nature to focus more on things that prove what we think is right, then focusing on things that will prove us wrong.
This is known as a ‘fixed mindset’. Someone with a fixed mindset believes that the results they achieve are inevitable, as they know everything there is to know about what will or not work for them. “There is nothing I can do to lose weight, as I have tried everything and nothing worked. I just have the wrong genes”. The result of this mindset is always achieving what you have always achieved.
The other type of mindset is known as a ‘growth mindset’. Someone with a growth mindset will believe that there is always a solution to any problem and will persevere until they have solved it.
They also understand that they are the only ones responsible for the results they achieve. If they want a different result, then they have to change what they are doing.
Over the last 20 years of being a health coach, the clients of mine that have achieved the best results are the clients with the strongest growth mindsets. The take self-responsibility for their actions and therefore their results.
They know that with the right mindset they will be better prepared to go through the process of change needed and to implement the new habits and behaviours required.
Healthy Mindset Strategies
When creating a healthy mindset, apply the following strategies;
Self-Experimentation. Understand that to achieve long-lasting results you need to find what works best for you and no-one else.
Hardwired Habits. Accept that you need to change your current limiting habits for new positive habits.
Take Personal Responsibility. The results you achieve or not achieve are entirely down to you and no one else.
Get Rid Of What Is Holding You Back. To move forward first understand what is stopping you moving forward.
Accept A Price Needs To Be Paid. Understand that for change to happen you need to give up what is in conflict to you achieving your goals.
Believe In Yourself. To improve your health long-term you must first believe you are worth it.
The Best Time To Start Is Now. Just stop what isn’t helping you now. Don’t wait for an ideal time that might not come.
Get Help. Don’t try to achieve what you want on your own. Having the right type and amount of support greatly increases the chance of success.
The most important role I have as a health coach is to help clients move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Only then are they ready to implement the changes required to build the right environment and follow the right process/plan needed to achieve a lifetime of good health.
“Where the mind goes, the body will follow”
As my client, I will work with you on changing your mindset to one that is stronger for the changes that are needed and for the challenges that are ahead of us, and help you achieve your health goals.