Being successful in fitness is all in your mind. What are you thinking about when it comes to achieving your fitness goals? Having the right fitness mindset is vital in the journey to great health. As free-thinking individuals, we have to deliberately think the right thoughts in order to bring the right results. Yet there are many times we allow our negative thoughts about our fitness results to invade our mind, and we sabotage our success before we even begin.
There is good news.
Having negative thoughts does not mean your fitness mindset will never improve. It only means that you need to consciously work on the thoughts you think. As I have heard it said, “You must think about what you are thinking about.”
First things first. You must believe – truly believe – in the fitness goals you have written down. Belief must always come before results. If you do not honestly believe within yourself that you will walk for 30 minutes at least twice a week, then it will not happen. I had to see my blood pressure drop to normal levels with my exercise program in my mind first, then it started to happen in my reality. Take the time to reflect on what you really want to accomplish in fitness, and why it is so important for you to see it happen. Believe in the power of your own thoughts. Become completely confident in your mind that this is what you want to see happen in your fitness journey, and you will do whatever it takes to make those written goals a reality.
Second, you must take tangible steps toward those goals, each and every day. The Bible says that “Faith without works is dead”, so we must get to work on the fitness goals we made. If the goal is to walk 30 minutes twice a week, then make the time on two days to get outside and walk for 30 minutes. Too cold outside for you to walk? Then move your walk indoors to the hallway at work, the local mall, or the indoor track at the recreation center. If you do not have time to do 30 minutes, then start by walking 10 minutes a day. If you do not like walking alone, then grab up a friend or start a group and walk together. Let’s say your goal is to do 10 pushups in two months. Begin by trying to do as many as you can – even if it is just one – every day for the first week. Modify the pushup by getting on your knees instead of your toes if needed. Just take specific action toward your fitness goals.
Third, take a moment to celebrate the actions you have taken. Celebration will solidify the goals in your mind. Get highly excited about the things you have done that day to see the fitness results you desire. Your thoughts and belief will breathe new life into the fitness goals you have set, prompting you to take even more action. When you tell yourself, “That’s how you do it!” or “You did it big today! Let’s go bigger tomorrow!”, you will focus on how to do more and make bigger things happen for your fitness. Being happy and celebrating that feeling will prepare you for the next day of action!
Belief – activity – celebration. Altering your mindset and applying it to your fitness goals will help you to see amazing results.
Holy Bible, James 2:26b