The 5 Most Important Mindset Pillars For Success
It’s all about Mindset
Health and fitness is as much of a mental game as it is a physical one. Sure, wanting to get stronger, faster, and more flexible is great and all, but all that gets thrown out the window if you don’t have the right mindset.
You can wear the trendiest workout clothes… You can hire the best personal trainer in the world… You can have a world-class nutritionist prepare all your meals… But none of that matters if you don’t have the right mindset.
What is your mindset? It’s the way you emotionally react to situations. It’s what you do after life starts to get rough. It’s your overall view of health and fitness. People with weak mindsets give up the moment they hit a small roadblock. Those with strong mindsets will persevere no matter what obstacles life throws at them.
I like to view your mindset as a bridge held up by a bunch of pillars. Each pillar represents a different area of your mindset. If too many pillars begin to crumble, the entire bridge (your mindset) will collapse, and any chance of reaching your health and fitness goals go bye-bye.
While there are many different pillars holding up this mindset success bridge, I’ve listed the five most critical ones below.
Mindset Success Pillar #1: Fitness is not a sprint. It’s not a marathon. It’s a never-ending climb.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.” Well, I believe it to be neither.
To say fitness is a marathon implies that there is an end in mind. But in reality, there is no end. There is no “finish line.” The “finish line” is when your heart stops beating. Not to sound grim, but that’s the truth.
Any habit you start today needs to be (to some extent) maintained for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you risk reverting back to old habits.
Mindset Success Pillar #2: Embrace failure.
There’s no denying that failure sucks. Most people dread the idea of failing, being rejected, or not reaching a goal. But in order to keep your success bridge from crumbling to the ground, you need to learn to embrace failure.
I don’t know a single person who has built an amazing body or is world-class at whatever they do and hasn’t failed at least a couple times along the way. What separates the elite from the average is their ability to embrace failure and learn from their mistakes.
Mindset Success Pillar #3: Don’t sweat the little things.
Fitness is not about perfection. It’s about getting things right… most of the time.
Not the most eloquent way to put things, but if you try to be 100 percent perfect all the time, you’ll never be able to progress forward, because there will ALWAYS be something to nitpick about.
For example, what would you do if you just ate a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie that your grandma made for you right now? If you’re like most people, you would feel an immediate sense of guilt and try to compensate the cookie with 30-60 minutes of extra exercise the following day. If you told your grandma, she probably wouldn’t be too impressed.
So calm down.
In the long run, that extra 30 minutes of running isn’t going to impact your body or your life much, but the time spent with your grandma is priceless.
Mindset Success Pillar #4: Surround yourself with other like-minded people.
“Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.”
Everyone has a future dream version of themselves. We all dream of becoming rich, famous, and in pitch perfect health. Whether or not this dream becomes a reality is another story, but if you want to exponentially increase your chances of success, then you had better start surrounding yourself with more like-minded individuals.
If you want to start a new habit of exercising 30 minutes per day, then hanging out with people who are 50 pounds overweight and eat fast food six times a day probably isn’t going to do you any favors. I’m not saying these people are bad human beings, but it’s clear that their priorities aren’t lined up with yours. And if you want to reach certain goals, then it’s best to align yourself with others who share the same goals and beliefs.
Mindset Success Pillar #5: Don’t take fitness so seriously.
People have become way too emotional about fitness over the years. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to life than eating clean, healthy foods 100 percent of the time and working out. So unless your profession is literally in the health and fitness industry, take a step back and relax a bit.
If you find yourself spending every waking moment of your life thinking about fitness-related stuff, reevaluate what truly matters in life. Is all this fitness stuff cutting into your family time? Is it holding you back from enjoying simple stuff like eating in a restaurant because you’re afraid the food there isn’t healthy? Do you find yourself constantly worrying about the way you look, even though everyone else says you look great?
Remember, the whole point of health and fitness is to enhance your life, not control it.
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