What is the number one reason to why people fail when in comes to having good health and nutrition? It is our mindset. Although proper diet and exercise will help us to achieve our goals of better health and fitness, it is not all that is required. You will fail every time in your endeavors to attain better health and fitness if you don’t first change the way you think.
Human beings are very set in the way we think and it’s often not very positive the way we see things. It seems like we are always thinking the worse, either of ourselves or others. So how do we go about changing, training, and coaching ourselves to a better state of mind to achieve our goals?
A good start is by avoiding unrealistic goals. We often set ourselves up for failure when we set out to achieve Olympian status when in reality we can’t even climb a flight of stairs without having to catch our breath. When goals are unrealistic, your mind will tell you that it’s too hard or impossible to achieve so you eventually just give up on that goal. This is the rationale of the human mind. This is also why many of us may never realize the fruits of our labor, because we quit way too soon and stop short of our goals.
In order for you to realize your goals, you need to think smaller. I’m not saying you can’t dream big but you need to give yourself a reality check. You need to break things down into smaller attainable goals or baby steps before you can get to the next stage. By taking one step at a time and achieving the smaller goals, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment. This will help you to be encouraged and stay motivated to move on to the next stage.
Staying motivated, positive thinking and action will be the key factors in coaching yourself to better health and fitness. For example, you tell yourself that you must do five push ups today. This is a fairly easy goal you tell yourself, I feel very confident about achieving it. As a matter of fact you feel so confident about it that you are motivated enough to actually take some action to prove it to yourself. Mission accomplish, I knew I could do it! Believe it or not, once you achieve that small goal something had just happened in your mind. Your mind just got re-enforced. You’re well on your way to coaching and training your mind into attaining better health and fitness.