Discover our top 10 reasons why the right mindset will help you feel better and live more vibrantly.
When you think about a vibrant lifestyle, the right mindset is the key.
Sure, we can talk all day about nutrition, exercise, sleep, motivation and all the other aspects that are certainly important to a vibrant lifestyle, but without the right mindset, none of those are going to happen.
What matters is that you figure out your why…
‘Why’ is it that you want this to happen?
When I say this, why is it that you want to make changes in your nutrition, in your diet?
Why is it that you want to start, or change, your exercise?
Without that knowledge, neither of those will become permanent habits in your daily lifestyle.
Usually, when we talk to people, we try to get them to think about why they want to begin an exercise and/or nutrition program. Sometimes, it’s broad answers like, “I want to improve my health.”
“I need to lose weight.”
It needs to be more specific than that.
What is going to make you wake up every single day excited to make those choices?
The choices to make exercise a regular part of the day. The choices to make the right nutrition choices throughout the day.
When you open the refrigerator and you’re faced with two items, what is going to drive you to pick the piece of fruit versus the ice cream, for example, or whatever it may be?
Figuring out that why, figuring out your reasons is really crucial.
More specifically, it’s not just the reason you want to change, but then ultimately, once you have that figured out, you need to figure out the steps it’s going to take to make that happen.
Let’s use the example of body weight. “I will lose 10 pounds by x date at y time” — whatever the date or number may be. Now you have that day in mind, let’s say that that is two months ahead of where you are now.
What are the steps that are going to drive you to do that?
Will you skip snacks between meals?
Stop eating after dinner?
The list can go on, but defining the steps will help you reach the outcome.
What does it look like from an exercise standpoint?
Will you go to the gym 5 days per week? Make sure you move every hour? Follow a structured lifting program?
And how will you determine that you do these to stay on track?
Maybe keep a calendar to check off each day you hit your goals. Or have an accountability partner who does the same.
Because every decision you make, is going to get you either towards your goal or lead you away from your goal. That why is the biggest driver of permanent success.
We see it time and time again.
For some, it’s an easy “why?”
It’s an upcoming wedding, an upcoming reunion or it’s something along those lines. You’re going on vacation with your spouse. That’s an easy one to look to and put a timestamp on it. Why? Because there’s a date that you need to look a certain way by, or you need to weigh a certain number on the scale by.
While that’s a great short-term motivator, what happens when that event is over? What happens when that wedding is over, the reunion is over?
We need to have something else that’s another goal to work towards. It doesn’t always have to be physical. It could be mental… It could be emotional…
There’s lots of different reasons people exercise, eat well and take care of their bodies.
Maybe, it’s as simple as being able to play with your kid. Going out and playing basketball, or whatever games they may enjoy. Those are all important.
Again, the mindset has to be there to make any of those permanent.
Putting this Into Practice:
Step 1: Get Tools
Get out a piece of paper.
Step 2:Set Your Goals
Start by writing down something that you are hoping to achieve in 60 days.
Next, look at that more closely and really get as specific as possible with that particular goal.
If it’s a body weight thing, name the weight that you want to be, name the date that you will be that weight and be realistic.
Realistic means around one to two pounds per week. It usually starts off more quickly than that in the beginning, but that’s an average.
Step 3: Set New Ones
Look at the steps it will take to achieve such a goal. You can look around our website and find a lot of different strategies, and recipes, and ideas to make that happen. Again, the first thing is to write down something that you will work towards and that you want to achieve by a certain date that is tangible, that is within reach.
When you achieve that goal, you can reset and pick a new one.
People say it takes 21 days to make a habit.
In reality, the research suggests it’s about 67. It’s not quite 21 days. Using that as a guide, we can’t expect to change overnight.
The mindset is the key to living a vibrant lifestyle. When you get that in order, it’s when success will ultimately happen!
We know you can do it! Just follow these 3 simple steps…and be realistic!
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