“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” (Henry Ford)
What is your mindset about your fitness and nutrition?
Mindset is everything. I’m not even exaggerating. It really is everything. If you think you can’t – you are right. If you think you can – you are also right. Once you are able to make the shift to a can do mindset, it’s a game-changer.
I remember a day when I used to tell myself that there was no way in this lifetime that I could ever do a Whole 30. I told myself I can’t do it. I also told myself I can’t wake up early and workout. One day I realized how unhappy I was, and realized I wanted more for myself. And just like that I changed my mind. I reminded myself I could do anything I wanted to. And you know what? I’ve now completed 2 full rounds of Whole 30 and I’ve been getting up and working out before work for the last 2 months!
Yes, everyone has limitations. I physically cannot dead-lift 400 pounds. But this is not what I’m talking about. I don’t spend a lot of time feeling like I’m limiting myself by thinking about how I can’t dead-lift 400 pounds. I’m specifically referring to having a mindset that is self-limiting, and counterproductive to a healthy, happy life.
Do you really want to live life telling yourself what you can’t do? I decided that was no life for me. Now I really look take a closer look before I utter the words…
Once you’ve decided to change your mindset, here are some things you can ask yourself if you find yourself slipping back into the can’t camp…
1. Is it really you can’t do?
If there are physical limitations that are preventing you, ask yourself why you are focused on doing something that isn’t realistic for you. Is this something you can do eventually?
2. Is it you won’t or you don’t want to?
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting to do something! Just make sure you really do or do not want to do something, and that your choice is not because of a limiting mindset. I don’t want to skydive. Ever. But that doesn’t mean I can’t. I’m hoping you can see the difference.
The other day on the news they covered a story about a glass-bottomed slide on the 70th floor of a skyscraper in Los Angeles. My gut reaction was “I could never do that!” The truth is, I could do that, but I could not picture a world where I would want to! It’s a choice!
3. What can you do to gain some self-confidence to believe you can?
Sometimes we just need to do something, anything to put some wins on the board. Set some smaller goals, re-establish your I can confidence! Once you start seeing you can with some smaller things, you will begin to realize you can do bigger things!
4. What are your goals? Is your mindset preventing you from reaching your goals?
When I decided to change my mindset, I sat down and wrote down what I really wanted. From there, I figured out the steps I needed to take to achieve my goals. When your desire to reach your goals outweighs your “I can’t” your mindset will change to match your desire.
And when your mindset changes to match your desire, you will be amazed at how incredible you feel! You won’t feel limited by yourself. You might even wonder why it took you so long to believe in yourself!
Join me in banishing I can’t! I don’t need it anymore and neither do you!
Don’t wait another day! You CAN change your mindset!