WHY IS MINDSET IMPORTANT?
Your mindset is one of the most important factors when working towards achieving your either your fitness goals, personal or professional goals. Mindset shapes what we do, what limitations we place on ourselves and the possibilities we reach for. Everything begins in our minds. Your mindset can be the difference between success and failure. Developing your mindset enables it to become a powerful tool when encountering life changing events. At some point in life everyone creates self-imposed limitations on themselves; a change in mindset can help break through these.
Working to train and change the way we think not only benefits physical fitness and well being but also mental well being. Our beliefs are not going to change overnight it is something we must work towards. We are all capable of developing new ways of thinking and changing our belief and patterns of behavior.
STAGES OF CHANGE
There are 5 stages we must undertake to change our mindset.
At this stage you are unaware of any issues and our minds are not thinking about making any changes to our behavior or mindset. There is no awareness about the need to change and the majority of times no direction or goals have been set.
This is the stage where suddenly you become aware of the problem, something begins to click. This becomes a time for reflection and serious consideration about a change in behavior. We begin to enter a consultation phase. Goals will be set. Goal setting will focus on manageable goals over the short, mid and long term.
In this stage you begin to prepare both mentally and physically to take action. It is the time to start activating and finding your motivating beliefs. The commitment has now been made to start making a change.
This is where you are actively involved in making a change. Modifying your habits, behaviors and environment in a bid to achieve your goals with support from others.
Maintenance involves ensuring there is no relapse and encouraging the positive changes already achieved. It is also important to remember how much progress has already been made.