Ever noticed that your mood and your perspective changes the way you see and interact with the world? When you are feeling negative, like can attract like. That's why a positive mental attitude to getting fit can create the right support network and fitness opportunities. As well as a good exercise plan, adopting the right attitude can really make a difference to the success of your fitness goals and your lifestyle too.
Approaching your fitness journey with a negative or narrow attitude can really limit how far you go and the enjoyment of your overall experience. Often, a point of view can be so ingrained that you might not even be aware that you are coming from a certain place or that you are influencing your own behavior.
See yourself in a positive light!
Sit in a quiet space and think about where you are at right now in terms of health and fitness. Notice the words that you use in your own mind when looking at yourself. Are they positive or negative? Take time to turn criticisms into positive goals. Instead of berating yourself for being 'fat' tell yourself that you are wanting to slim down. Instead of judging yourself for eating too many takeouts, tell yourself that you need to follow a healthier diet.
Check for attitude no-nos!
When you look ahead at what changes you want and need to make, how does this make you feel? What is your overriding feeling, belief and attitude? How would you describe your approach? It helps to write down these descriptions, so that you can circle any negative words. For example, you might feel:
- Lacking in inspiration
Tell yourself the opposite!
Write down the opposite of these negatives and focus on these ideas. Tell yourself that you feel capable, focused and confident, for example. While there might be practical steps you can take to achieve these feelings for real, often it is the mind which dictates our approach rather than reality itself.
Add reasons to your attitude!
Try adding on reasons for your positive attitude to back your approach up. For example, you might say: "I feel in control and capable because I have a solid exercise plan in place with achievable goals." Use these ideas to help you support your positive attitude with practical steps. You might find that you feel more confident being surrounded by a supportive fitness community you can relate to. You may feel more certain about the direction you need to go in, health and fitness wise, if you have a fitness assessment, face any health concerns and seek professional advice.
Often confusion about what you can achieve and how to go about it stop people in their tracks and to get over this hurdle it is necessary to adopt a more forthright attitude and also take the right practical approach. What is clear is that attitude can play a major part in what you achieve and often it can help not just in keeping motivated and keeping going but getting started in the first place.