What is Mindset Training?
Mindset training is self-development and self-discovery training to challenge self-limiting beliefs. Developing a strong mindset means confronting the beliefs that hold us back, understanding who we truly are, and surmounting any obstacles that stand in the way of achieving our goals.
Our surroundings influence who we are and our identities from the moment we come into this world. As we grow up, we create a checklist of goals to achieve, often neglecting self-care and reflecting on our lives. For example, we strive towards a big career, a family, and a house, and take on more and more responsibility without checking in with ourselves or pausing to reflect on our progress or personal fulfilment. Running without pausing can lead us down a path that we feel obligated to take rather than one we truly desire.
Put YOU First
It is not selfish to take care of ourselves. It's important to prioritize self-care in order to effectively care for others in our lives, whether they're employees or family members. Neglecting our own well-being can lead to burnout, stress, and ultimately hinder our ability to support those who rely on us. Investing time in ourselves can have a positive impact on our relationships with others. By increasing our awareness of what we want from a relationship, we can give more to the important people in our lives. It can be as simple as taking 30 minutes of “you-time” in the morning or journaling and reflecting on the day before bed.
Wording Means Everything
Working on our mindset will change our perceptions and energy. If we start an activity with low and negative energy, then the results and experience will reflect this. Switch up the wording:
· “I have to…” becomes “I get to…”
· “I need to…” becomes “I want to…”
· “I will try to…” becomes “I will…”
Many individuals begin their fitness journey with the intention of shedding pounds or alleviating joint discomfort. However, relying on a negative self-image as a driving force to exercise is not a sustainable solution. Why would anyone want to engage in an activity that comes with negative emotions? How does this negativity serve you? How does the negativity help in achieving the goal?
“Mind-Set Matters: Exercise and the Placebo Effect” by Crum and Langer
Health is affected by mindset. This was the conclusion of this 2007 study. In this study, 42 female hotel room attendants were informed that their work was considered good exercise and met the Surgeon General's recommendations for an active lifestyle. Another 42 female hotel room attendants (the control group) were not given this information. Based upon surveys collected before and after, there were no changes in habits in terms of nutrition or additional exercise. The only change that occurred was the first group's perception of how much exercise they did. After 4 weeks, this group showed a “decrease in weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index”. Therefore, one’s mindset can have a huge impact on physiological health.
We all have negative and positive identities that live within us. Mindset training is the awakening of the positive, empowering, warrior, alter ego voice that is inside of you. Everyone has a moment in their life where they felt on top of the world for example, their wedding day, the birth of a child or promotion at work. In that moment the empowering voice was at the front. It just took something big and meaningful for her to come forward. Mindset training involves discovering and embracing this empowering identity that guides us beyond significant moments.
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