Mindset is one of the most important tools or hindrances we can curate in life…
You’ve likely found this out through your own experience, as all of us are equipped with thoughts and beliefs, and sometimes they work for or against us.
For instance, you’ve likely had an experience in your life where you were terrified to do something or just tried to avoid doing it?
Then, when you finished doing it after plucking up your courage, you realize there wasn’t anything to be scared about in the first place.
A positive mindset has helped adventurers climb mountains in sub-zero conditions. It’s helped people get through and survive all manner of adverse circumstances and begin anew.
It can also bring people who seem on top of the world to their needs. An excellent example of a great mindset and its virtues is the recently departed Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed King T’Challa in Black Panther…
He had suffered colon cancer for years yet still pushed forward and starred in a fantastic movie. His example will be felt for decades, and it’s a tragedy he’s gone. His mindset was one to admire.
So, how can we curate this virtue for ourselves? Let’s consider:
Turning Up Every Day
You’re lapping everyone on the sofa. It’s essential to understand this. You don’t have to be perfect each day or break a new personal record each week, or always feel that you’re going to be at the top of your game in no time at all.
All that matters is that you turn up every day. If you can do this consistently, you will be making progress. That’s where a positive (and habit-forming) mindset will develop.
Anybody can do the work when they feel motivated and inspired. For example, after watching a powerful movie, or listening to a Tony Robbins audiobook… but it’s about putting in the work and taking action on those days that you don’t always feel motivated.
Asking For (Or Investing In) Help
You can’t achieve everything on your own…
Sometimes, you might need a friend to come to the gym with you and spot your bench presses, and because they work out, they’ll be happy to oblige you in your novice state.
Often, investing in the best tutorship can also help you better your skill in a particular field. Take the RAD Dance School, a prestigious institution that can still open adult dance classes for the public. It’s hard to see a better launching pad than this.
Mindset is all about finding the support you need, whether hiring a business coach, personal trainer, or life coach. As long as your mentor has the knowledge and skill to get you to the next level, it’s one of the best investments you can make.
Taking Time Out
Does your world feel chaotic?
Work, personal relationships, children, cooking, travel, going to the gym, etc. It feels like there’s not enough time to do everything, and it can weigh you down both mentally and physically.
One of the best things you can do is take time out, away from the noise and away from your to-do list. I know this might sound counterintuitive, but if all you do is ‘go go go’ you will soon burn out, and the quality of your life (and health) will suffer.
Taking time out could include:
- Going on a long relaxing walk
- Watching a movie with your partner
- Going to train with your personal trainer
- Reading a fiction book
- Taking a warm and relaxing bath
- Going on holiday
- Bike riding
- Relaxing with friends
The advice would be to cut out all of your stresses for at least 30 minutes. Switch off your phone, shut down your computer, and switch off from the chaos. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
The ‘What If’ Mindset
The ‘what if’ mindset is a strong one, and it can help you move mountains.
Let’s say you wake up a little later than usual today, and you know that you’d rather lie in a little more. But what if you decided to get up and go to the gym as you had planned? Just what if?
What if you were the person that could do that?
Wouldn’t that make you feel infinitely better by lunchtime?
Thinking in this hypothetical form, as ‘what if I actually DID do this’ can help you see the options that you were previously motivated to rule out. That’s a great viewpoint to cultivate.
Boosting Your Sleep
Sleep is so underrated and crucial for building a ‘fit mindset’. Aim to achieve 7-8 hours worth of sleep per night.
I can guarantee that after one week of improving your sleep, your mindset will be stronger. You’ll also be better able to emotionally regulate, handle difficult situations, control your appetite, and feel more energised throughout the day.
Here are 6 tips to help you sleep like a baby:
- Sleep in a dark room (the darker, the better)
- Wear blue light blocking glasses 2 hours before bed
- Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed
- Sleep in a coolish room (18-20 degrees)
- Have a bath before bed
- Take magnesium glycinate and zinc before bed
Thousands of thoughts go round your mind throughout the day, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
One of the best ways to destress and improve your focus/mindset is to keep a journal by your bed.
As soon as you wake up, write down your top priority for the day and your critical tasks that will help your progress forward. Create a plan and do a brain dump.
Then when you go to bed, write down all the things that you want to get off your chest. It could be tasks, or the things that are bothering you, or how you are feeling. Nobody needs to read your journal. It’s private, be free and fluid with your writing, and don’t hold back.
We hope you can more easily understand the secret keys to a fit and healthy lifestyle with this advice.