Being Successful Requires Successful Thoughts
Whether you’re trying to gain muscle, lose weight, live healthier, or improve flexibility, your success begins in your mind. Before your muscles, your gym membership, or your food choices, it starts with your attitude.
Whatever your goal is, whether you’re just starting out or having troubles, remember that your success depends on how you perceive it. Tell yourself you can, and you will. Make a plan, hold yourself accountable, make changes if something isn’t working, forgive yourself if you make mistakes, and celebrate the things you do right. For some people the hard part is starting, for others it’s staying motivated, for some it’s continuing when you fail. Just remember, success will only happen if it starts in your mind.
How to Create a Successful Mindset
Make a Plan
In order to succeed, you need to set yourself up for success. Decide on a goal, how you should lead up to that goal, and when to schedule time for your plans. Whether your goal is a number on the scale, a specific marathon to complete, or to gain more muscle, decide on the steps it will take to get there.
Don’t keep your plan in your head, actually write it down. Get an app, join a program, or make a chart. If you don’t make a plan, your mind isn’t in the right place for success.
If you want to succeed, you need to fight for it. Being blasé about your goals means you won’t achieve them, so get serious about your planning.
If you’re feeling disengaged with your goal, take some notes from engagement in terms of work. Employees are more engaged at work when they know what they need to do, they have all the tools required to do a good job, they have a good time, their hard work is recognized, and their small achievements are rewarded. Put those principles into your health and fitness goals to help yourself stay accountable and remain engaged in your goal.
If you aren’t feeling engaged, ask yourself if you have a well-defined. Perhaps “losing weight” isn’t specific enough to keep you engaged. Maybe you need to change your goal to “lose 20 pounds” or “fit into my favorite jeans.”
Ask yourself if you’ve given yourself the right tools to stay engaged. Maybe you need a new yoga mat, a gym membership, or new running shoes. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, asses your routine and mix in some things you like such as swimming or playing with the kids.
It’s easy to quit when something goes wrong if your mind isn’t in the right place. If you tell yourself, “I will not quit, no matter what,” then you won’t. If you start to see a dip in your progress despite engaging in your workout, then maybe something else is wrong.
If your mind isn’t in the right place, it can misinterpret a setback as an excuse to stop. Stop that thought process by telling yourself to problem solve instead of quitting.
Don’t Be Hard on Yourself
Athletes are taught more about how they respond to loss than they are about how they respond to winning. Coaches teach athletes about resilience in failure from a young age in order to create a solid foundation for their response to failure later in life. Utilize this principle in your life while you’re working towards a goal.
Mistakes happen; we are all human. Hold yourself accountable, but don’t be so hard on yourself that you hinder succeess.
Failure is an opportunity to do better. It teaches us what not to do, and it makes us stronger. If your mind isn’t used to positive self-talk, it’s easy to give up.
It starts in your mind, so don’t be so hard on yourself in your failures. If you wouldn’t say something harsh to your friend if they fail, don’t say it to yourself.
Create a positive correlation between hard work and success by celebrating your successes. In fact, build those celebrations into your plan. When you reach a weight milestone, you get to buy a new shirt.
If you dead lift a goal weight, you get to take yourself out to your favorite place to eat. If you meet your cardio goals that month, you get to have a night out. Celebrate the minor successes as well as the major ones and you’ll succeed more often.
Don’t downplay the hard work it takes to achieve these things, no matter how big or small. Even if other people you know might think your success is a small one, push those thoughts from your mind.
Success is subjective, so celebrate yours with abandon.
You may be given all the right tools, your body might be ready, and your schedule may be free, but you will not succeed in your goals if you don’t start in your mind. If you don’t make a plan, hold yourself accountable, make changes when something isn’t right, take failure in stride, and revel in your success, you won’t be in the right place mentally to reach your goals.
Success requires many tools, but it all starts in your mind.
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