Maximized Mindset: Strive for Progress, not Perfection
The New Year is notoriously known for resolutions of all kinds, but a majority of those resolutions pertain to health-related goals and weight loss. It is estimated that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions out of the 40% of people who make them. What separates the mere 8% of the population who reach their goals from the majority who do not? Mindset.
I remember the days that I set myself up for failure. I vowed I would lose 10 lbs, eat healthy, workout, and finally achieve the body of my dreams. I started each year off with a bang for the first week, but come the second week, the motivation started to wear off, meal prep and eating healthy become more daunting than exciting, and the exercise component slowly fizzled. My mentality became, “I will get back on the wagon Monday.” Come Monday, I would do better, but then one bite of something that I considered unhealthy and off the wagon I fell…again. This cycle continually repeated itself and it left me feeling frustrated, unaccomplished, and like a failure. This sound familiar to anyone else? I knew something needed to change. I needed a mindset shift.
Perhaps you have heard the concept that you can change your brain. Scientists have proven that your brain is being shaped, molded and changed by your experiences every day. This is referred to as neural plasticity. What does this mean? This means that YOU can change the negative thoughts that have been ingrained in you for years, to more positive, life speaking thoughts. This means that YOU have the power to challenge your current way of thinking and change it so that it aids you in reaching any goal that you set your mind to. This
means that you are one decision away from the life you not only deserve but the life of which you have dreamt. The famous quote, “What your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve,” really does ring true.
I have worked hard over the years to retrain my way of thinking. Through daily affirmations, weekly goal setting, and constant reevaluation, I have learned what works for me. My motto is no longer all or nothing, as it is celebrating even the smallest of victories and the fact that even the smallest of progress is still progress. I know I will never be perfect, and that failure and struggle is a vital part of anything worth accomplishing. It’s all in how we chose to look at things. Is your glass half full or half empty? Mindset is our most powerful tool when
it comes to success and achievement.
Mindset. It can work for you, or it can work against you. The most encouraging part is, you have the ability to decide which it will be. To that I say Cheers! Cheers to your best life!