Our resident fitness expert, Carlos Rivas, suggests you have everything to gain by letting go of four common negative habits and thoughts. Here’s help getting started.
It’s the time of year when many of us start longing for real change. When clients come to me they often believe that they’ve been ready for years and they’re mystified by their own seeming inability to lose weight, increase energy or improve their overall sense of wellbeing.
The truth is that they haven’t failed because they haven’t really tried yet. Many of them are more careful about the regular care and maintenance of their homes or cars than they are of their own bodies. But once they start thinking about their body as a precious and prized possession that deserves appreciation and careful maintenance, they can open their minds towards a more self-accepting and positive approach to wellness and exercise.
Here are the steps I encourage to help make that mind shift.
1. Give up on the unhealthy lifestyle.
Inspiration: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live,” Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and author.
Action: When you’re ready to become a high performer, you will need to commit to four healthy habits: proper nutrition, physical activity, proper hydration levels and proper sleep. These are small steps, but you’ll thank yourself one day.
2. Give up the short-term mindset.
Inspiration: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough,” Mae West.
Action: Successful people set long-term goals, and they know that these goals are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.
Successful people also practice delaying instant gratification every day. They deny themselves unhealthy foods so that they can have more energy throughout the day. Their self-talk sounds like this- “I choose to eat healthier foods so that I can have enough energy to get things done”
3. Give up playing small.
Inspiration: “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine… and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same,” Marianne Williamson.
Action: If you never take great opportunities, or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never realize your full potential. And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.
4. Give up your excuses.
Inspiration: “It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand,” Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture.
Action: Successful people take responsibility for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures.
Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life, is both frightening and exciting. Excuses limit and prevent us from becoming our best self.
5. Give up the fixed mindset.
Inspiration: “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways,” Robert Greene, Mastery.
Action: In a fixed mindset, people believe that their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits and that talent alone creates success— without effort. They’re wrong.
Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to developing a growth mindset, acquiring new knowledge, learning new skills and changing their perception so that it can benefit others.
Remember, who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.
Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Health and Well-being @ ProFormance,LLC and the Chief Encouraging Officer @ Compassion and Cooking. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.741.9428.