“ To Change Your Life, You Have to Change Yourself. To Change Yourself, You Have to Change Your Mindset.” – Wilson Kanadi
Mindset is everything when you are trying to make life-sustaining changes. Our mind is a very powerful thing and what’s so interesting is that it’s very easy for us to focus on the negative rather than pay attention to the positives. Becoming intuitive to your negative thoughts and having the ability to easily flip them into positive is a survival mechanism in my mind. Once we get into a negative track you can very easily go down the rabbit hole and not know how to climb yourself back out.
In the health and wellness industry, I come across people all the time that have this “all-or-nothing” attitude. It’s so easy for them to forget their goal or why they wanted to achieve the goal in the first place because they didn’t execute their plan perfectly and they dive into negative self-talk into thinking they have failed. I’m sure that you have seen our slogan and I truly believe that everyone should “Strive for PROGRESS, not perfection.” Having that black and white attitude without allowing yourself to have a gray area or little wiggle room can easily keep your mindset as negative. The truth is, everyone is going to have a slip-up, one day where they don’t complete every step on their plan or feel too tired to complete their workout and THAT’S OK!
The important thing is that you get back on track once you feel better or ready to go and that you turn that negativity into positivity.
Example: I am so glad that I took a day off and listened to my body to relax because I had such a great workout today!
As a health coach, I am a HUGE advocate of mental health and going to see a therapist. The truth is you don’t have to have a debilitating mental health illness to go and see a psychologist. Psychologists help you to have a third party to be able to talk to and get your head on straight so that you can conquer the world. What I love so much about therapy is that it allows me to go and talk about whatever I need to talk about so that it gets out of my headspace. Being a new mom, having a career, and having people depend on me it’s so important that I am in the right headspace to be able to be there for others. If you have tried therapy before but you didn’t find the right therapist I HIGHLY recommend that you shop around. Just like you do for your hairstylist or general physician, you need to try out a few until you find the perfect fit.
Here are some tips when you find yourself in a negative headspace:
- Focus on the positives and the things that are going well
- Say them out loud
- Understand that life happens and you’ll get back on track as soon as you can
- Recognize your strengths
Try to refrain from:
- Negative self-talk
- Focusing on your faults
- Dwelling on the negative thoughts
To make positive changes, you have to have positive thoughts. Sometimes you are your worst enemy when you need to be your best friend.
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