The foundation to building healthy habits: Mindset.
I’m sure we have all been there, we’ve gotten to the point of creating the healthiest diet we can think of, the “best” workout routine that will keep us consistently active and have set HUGE goals for ourselves but within 1-2 weeks we are feeling unmotivated and frustrated that we just can’t keep up. Why is this? Simply put, we are relying on our own willpower rather than setting up our environment and mindset for success. Willpower may work for 1-2 days but not for a lifetime. We are creatures of habit and when things are as easy as possible it’s a lot more likely that we will follow through with it. Especially around this time of year when everyone is excited to create new goals in the new year I challenge you to look at your goals with a new perspective this time around, it may be the missing key to achieving what you’ve always dreamed of.
So, what does this look like and how can we approach our goals in a more realistic way to create better lifelong habits? We can use what’s called ‘the iceberg of success”. It’s all about making small shifts in your mindset, your environment, your habits and breaking down your goals into small, manageable steps that do not require a lot of willpower.
Starting with mindset being the most important factor to address, everything starts in the mind first. Our thoughts have a lot more power than we give them credit for, by shifting your mindset into one that is more positive, hopeful and excited about the changes you are making rather than one that isn’t enjoying the process can help speed up results and set you up for LONG TERM success.
We should be focusing on adding in more good rather than taking away, focusing on appreciating our bodies through exercise and learning to love the process of properly fuelling them to create a more positive relationship with healthy living. Viewing healthy eating as restrictive or viewing exercise as punishment is an example of a mindset that is not very supportive of creating long lasting healthy habits and a positive mindset.
This year focus on shifting your mindset before you depend on willpower.