A Mindset for Success
It's January and like many others you may have made resolutions or goals for the new year. Many factors go into your success. Motivation, commitment, a solid plan and especially mindset are huge factors. I believe mindset is the biggest factor in determining whether you're successful in reaching your goals. Here are a few things to think about to get you headed in the right direction.
1. You can't control circumstances but you can control your choices.
You go to a party. They are serving your very favorite food, PIZZA! Your first thought might be "I have no willpower. I've been craving this all week, I'm never going to be able to say no. It's right here in front of me, I have to have a slice...or 4."
No you don't have to have a slice. Willpower is a choice. Eating pizza is a choice. Either eat that slice of pizza and enjoy it, or decide to pass on the pizza because it isn't bringing you closer to your goals. Whatever you decide, remember you are choosing. Pizza being served at a party is a circumstance, eating the pizza is a decision.
2. Quitting is not an option.
You are taking a multiple choice test and the options are A, B, or C. None of them seem like the right answer but you know one is correct so you would probably just make your best guess and move on to the next question, right? Think of your journey towards your goals as a multiple choice test...if "D. Quitting" isn't an option then you will never choose it. Make the best decision you can and keep moving.
3. Focus on one step at a time.
If you have a substantial goal, like losing 100 pounds, you know it's not going to be easy or quick. Instead of focusing on the year it will take to get there, the countless meals you're going to cook and the hundreds of workouts you will complete, focus on the first step. Schedule your workout for the day, make a healthy breakfast and continuing taking the small steps towards your goals. It's never one giant step, it's thousands of small steps.
4. Celebrate ALL victories.
So maybe you didn't lose 100 pounds or work out 5 times a week. Maybe you have lost 20 pounds and are consistently at the gym 3 times a week. That's a victory! That's a huge accomplishment! You have made big changes toward a healthier lifestyle. Celebrate it and be proud of yourself. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we didn't accomplish we bypass the wins we did have.
January is half way over. How are your goals? How is your mindset regarding your goals? Comment below and tell me the victories you've had so far.