Good Morning FITTNation!
What does it mean to have the mindset of a winner? How much does having the right mindset matter?
Let me set the scene for you and see if you can relate.
You have a goal in mind…a number of goals to be specific. Goals that you put out there before your friends and family, letting them know what you are setting yourself up to achieve.
“Yes! You can do it! I’m rooting for you!”
Of course, in doing so, you have people who doubt and dismiss you right away because they don’t believe you have it in you to make them happen.
“Unrealistic! How do you plan to do that with all these events, and BBQ’s, and parties, and vacations! Just forget about it…you’re only going to be disappointed when it doesn’t happen so why bother?”
What do you do? Do you use the energy derived from the positive push you get from your support squad and go with it? Or do you accept the perceived “inevitable” and “impossible” that others state will be the outcome and throw in the towel before the fight starts?
Consider something that will help you decide. It may be small to you, depending on your experience, yet it can yield such a BIG change and literally catapult you in the right direction.
Reflect on how you have succeeded in the past and what you have accomplished before.
Now, as I mentioned, depending on your experience, maybe your accomplishments have been somewhat minor…but would it be right to look at them in that way? NOPE! Because no matter how you slice it, how big or small it is, it’s still an accomplishment or an achievement. You still encountered challenges, roadblocks, hindrances along the way and yet YOU STILL KEPT GOING!
Maybe what you accomplished is not related to your fitness or lifestyle goals but the process is still the same. The struggle is still the same. The fatigue, the battle, the push, the feeling of wanting to give up and let it go is still the same.
What’s the difference? One you have already completed and the other(s) are waiting on you to start (or to continue).
Having the right mindset will help you to stay focused and committed to your goals regardless of what you’re up against. Truth - Adversity, challenges, circumstances beyond your control will ALWAYS exist…the question is: do you allow those elements to affect your mindset and therefore affect the outcome of your efforts?
I’ll tell you who doesn’t allow that to happen: WINNERS
Winners push past those elements and strive for victory, thriving under the most pressured situations. Winners don’t look at what’s immediately in front of them that may be in the way of their vision – they look past it and do what they have to do to get through it. Winners struggle too…but they take that struggle, learn from it, head back to the drawing board, make an adjustment or two or ten, and go at it again.
Winners are underdogs – just like you. They have doubts, they are doubted, and sometimes they fall. But they get back up…because winners don’t lose even if the score says otherwise.
And it all starts with their mindset – their focus, their “why” being front and center in their thoughts, and their vocabulary – POSITIVE talk to get them through the struggle.
Ask yourself – what have I accomplished? What goals have I crushed in the past? In what ways have I won? Do I have the mindset of a winner now?
Remember team: success begins and ends with you. We (your support team and myself) are just here to see you through it and everything that comes along with it.
Until next time…enjoy the weather and get out there and get active!
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years