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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Right Mindset

I want to talk to you about mindset, because mindset to an extent is everything. If your mind is not into it your body is not going to be into it and you’ll find ways to self sabotage everything that you do.

Some of the most successful people in business, life and in the fitness industry have pointed out key factors that have helped them reach their goals. Today I will share several critical things that I’ve seen works wonders in my personal life and with my clients:

1. Having doubt is normal: meaning that successful people know that doubt is a healthy part of our human coding. The difference is that they chose not to participate with it and throw those thoughts away.

2. Don’t dwell on your fear and doubts: well related to the first one. But you must understand, No, better yet you must have the courage to look at fear and doubt in the eye and don’t let it beat you. Instead take productive action steps that gear you towards your goals.

3. Be consistent: Believe in yourself that you can make it happen. Understand that there always obstacles to overcome. NEVER MISS A WORKOUT!!!

4. Don’t fear failure – fear regret: there are a lot of things you may want to do in life, maybe you have big dreams and big goals, and aspirations, but if you fear failing at those things you may never do them. What ends up happening is that you get older and start looking back and feel regret for all the things you could’ve done and didn’t do. Imagine looking at yourself everyday in the mirror knowing you can do something about your physique and your health and yet you don’t move a finger; that sucks! Take charge of your life and do something about it. Take responsibility and don’t blame others… Remember P.R.I.D.E. = Personal Responsibility In Daily Events.

5. Set goals – but be specific and realistic about your goals. Loosing 50 pounds in two weeks is ridiculous. But that could be your Ultimate Goal. Obviously it's up to you to set your own goals and to understand what it is that you wish to accomplish. Once you figure that out, then you need a strategic plan to will help you achieve this. It’ll be more likely that reach all of your goals them.

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
– Thomas Jefferson.

This is so true! In essence, if you decide you can do something, you can. And if you decide you can’t, well… then you can’t. Either way, the attitude becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that you control.

We decide how we’ll react and respond to any given situation. When you think about it, this is a very empowering thought. I read once that ‘a winning mindset is one of positive confidence. You never see successful people acting the victim or looking depressed, right? They understand that success is a direct result of their attitude’.

What if you have tried many times before? I see this all the time. People come to me wanting to lose weight and get in shape but hesitant because they’ve tried many times the so called yo-yo diets and workout programs with little to no results.

Unfortunately this becomes a combination of several things. For starters the fitness industry is full of rip-off gadgets and unhealthy choices designed to take your money. With a sea of information out there I understand the challenge this can represent.

To make a wise decision first look at credentials, track record, testimonial and success stories. And look at the people who have tried any given method at least a year or so after and see if they look the same.

Second you must admit that most of the time we tend to ‘not follow’ properly whatever plan we decide to start. Going back to point #4: Take charge of your life and do something about it. Take responsibility and don’t blame others… Remember P.R.I.D.E. = Personal Responsibility In Daily Events.

In one of my other post I wrote 6 things that will help you stay focus (have the right mindset)…

1. Set realistic goals – Reinforcing the message!!!!
2. Be accountable
3. Get a training partner
4. Know what you eat, write it down and keep a food journal
5. Have fun!!!
6. Talk with a Fitness Expert.

Think about the benefits of doing this:

1. Helps relieve stress, lower cholesterol and build a stronger heart
2. Strengthens bones, reducing risk of injuries and fractures.
3. Builds self-confidence and improves self-image
4. Re-energizes your mind and body
5. Transforms the body… You Look Sexy!!!
6. Makes you better and allows you to be better for those around you

I hope all of this helps you focus better and strengthens your mind set. Having a state of mind with all these elements is what makes a successful person.

The key message is, weather you are thinking of your business, your life dreams or your fitness goals… if you put your mind to it, you will achieve success.

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