When you think of the word “fitness,” what is the first thing that pops into your head? What image, what feeling? The answer to this question could tell you a lot about why you are or aren’t achieving and/or maintaining the body of your dreams.
Wikipedia defines the word mindset as:
A mindset, in decision theory and general systems theory, refers to a set of assumptions, methods or notations held by one or more people or groups of people which is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools.
Whoa, lots of words and phrases to really just say something that is very simple. All mindset really is, is the beliefs and feelings that you have about a certain subject. Period. So the answer to whether or not you will be successful in maintaining, or even achieving the body of your dreams, all stems from how you feel about things like fitness.
A lot of people, when they think of fitness – running, lifting weights, sweating, getting up and doing something active with their body – they have sort of an ugh feeling about it. They think fitness is hard or uncomfortable, or they think of all the other things they could be doing instead.
What if those people decided to change the way they think about fitness? What if they decided that from today on, they were going to look at all the reasons why fitness could be fun? What if they choose to believe that fitness is really something that you get to do, rather than something that you have to do?
This is what the trainers, and hot body achievers, and the people who really have a good relationship with their body and their health understand – you’ve gotta feel good about the process and the whole package of what achieving your dream body really means in order to maintain it for the long term. And no one can do that for you. That is a decision that you have to make on your own. It all starts with an awareness of your thoughts and beliefs.
What thoughts and feelings come up for you when you think of fitness?