Ever since I have been in the health and wellness industry I have always tried to prioritise my health. I am conscious, not anal about my nutritional habits, my fitness routine and my spirituality, which I believe is directly reflected in my positive mindset.
I am a firm believer in controlling the controlables, not sweating the small stuff and not buying into keeping up with the ‘Joneses’ and following the population norm. A previous client of a great friend, and now mine Nick Lagas once said to me “Do the opposite to the norm and you will be successful”. A great piece of advice but certainly something that is extremely hard to do and I constantly need to remind myself about this.
Wherever I am or whatever I am doing I never allow my mindset to control my mood, but for many people their individual mindset is reflected in their mood. Their mood is a reflection of their behaviour, their behaviour is a reflection of their health and their health is reflection of their happiness! So why don’t we place more ‘value’ on health and happiness and wish for an abundance of positive energy delivering a growth mindset. The last thing we want is a negative mindset controlling our destination!
When I am working with corporate execs, personal training clients or elite sports people I always focus on the individual’s mindset first and foremost. I personally believe their behaviour, beliefs and sense of being is directly associated to their current health, both physically and mentally. For me, it is as simple as actions speak louder than words. The way you look, feel and function has an impact of your performance. So not only is your mindset an important ingredient to your DNA but your health and happiness are also key components. However, the problem for most individuals is that they cannot recognise their own mindset unless I explain and/or give them practical examples to support my feedback.
You only have to look at the two types of mindset being growth vs. fixed to identify the characteristics that are associated with each. Someone who has a fixed mindset is the first to blame others, constantly lives in denial and treat themselves as being the ‘victim’. Always making up excuses and never taking action for the way they perform. Individuals with a growth mindset, control the controllable, they have firm beliefs and an understanding of what it takes to achieve success, a strong sense of being.
Therefore, to improve your mindset it is important to strengthen and develop your beliefs and behaviour and always look for growth opportunities. This might be as simple as;
- Eating cleaner
- Drinking more water
- Exercising frequently
- Sleeping more and or
- Stressing less
You also need to embrace resilience as gratitude builds resilience. You need to take action rather than blaming others or being the victim. You need to live with purpose and embrace your passion and understand your WHY. You need to become clear as clarity plays an important role about where you want to be, but more importantly who you want to be!
Don’t compare yourself with others and judge yourself on who you should be, judge yourself on how good you can be!
Finally, for me mindset, success, health and happiness are all about embracing failure. Failure is only a lesson, each lesson builds opportunity, each opportunity builds growth, growth builds happiness and happiness = HEALTH.
Remember the old saying, “IT”S MIND OVER MATTER”