Lately I’ve been talking about next-level steps you can take to boost your results …and today’s blog might just be about the most important step.

It affects almost every action you take and every decision you make.

It’s your mindset … and it could be playing tricks on you!

Here’s why it’s worth paying attention to:

People can develop beliefs, habits, and feelings that help us … but later in life, those same beliefs, habits, and feelings can work AGAINST us without us even realizing it!

I’m going to focus on fitness & wellness, but this applies to every area of your life, from your finances to your relationships.

Example 1: When you were growing up, food was used as a reward or way to soothe your feelings when you had a bad experience. So now, if something great and/or stressful happens, you believe you “deserve” pizza and ice cream even though they aren’t helping you reach your goals.

Example 2: Growing up, perhaps every significant achievement was celebrated with a big family dinner or a special dessert. This tradition might have instilled in you the notion that success should always be paired with indulgent eating. Now, whenever you accomplish something, whether at work or personally, your first impulse might be to treat yourself to a lavish meal or sweets, which might hinder your wellness goals.

Example 3: As a young adult, maybe social gatherings or family events were always accompanied by alcohol. This association might have instilled the belief that alcohol is essential for relaxation and socializing. Now, you might find yourself reaching for a drink every time you need to unwind or feel sociable, not realizing it’s more a conditioned response than a necessity, which could be counterproductive to your health and wellness goals.

You get the picture!

We all struggle with these things at some point or another.

The good news is that you can CHANGE your mindset around these beliefs. Here are 5 steps to overturning those limiting beliefs.

1. It starts with PAYING ATTENTION and recognizing them when they crop up.

This can be surprisingly challenging because they can feel like non-refutable facts or actions, to the point where you don’t even question them.

2. Identify Triggers: Start by identifying the situations or feelings that prompt you to reach for food or alcohol. Is it stress, social anxiety, celebration, or simply habit? Understanding your triggers can help you prepare alternative responses.

This is why it’s so important to:

3. Question your beliefs and habits. Try to understand them – while they might have served you in the past, are they doing you any favors now?

Ask yourself, “Why do I think or do this?”

4. Develop New Rituals: Replace the ritual of feasting or drinking with healthier alternatives that also provide satisfaction or relaxation. For instance, if you usually have a drink to unwind after work, try replacing it with a walk, a session of yoga, or a relaxing tea. If social situations are your trigger, prepare non-alcoholic drinks that are enjoyable and satisfying, like mocktails or sparkling water with a splash of juice.

It doesn’t have to be cold turkey either – just setting limits on the frequency and amounts you consume can help you to enjoy the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.

5. Step out of your comfort zone (with baby steps). Over time you can replace your old mindset with positive beliefs and habits that support your goals and current lifestyle.

What is one limiting belief that you still carry around in your head? Hit reply and let me know!

It’s time to challenge and change those outdated mindsets for a healthier, more fulfilling life. Join our supportive community on Facebook, where we explore ways to transform these beliefs and support each other on our wellness journeys. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HFandU

REFERENCE:
www.uwhealth.org/news/resetting-your-fitness-mindset

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