Are you tired of not reaching your health and fitness goals each week?
You keep waking up every Monday ready to create new habits, crush your goals, and create the life you have always dreamed about.
You end Monday so proud. You ate “healthy,” got everything done on your to-do list, and you made it to the gym after work!
Then, Tuesday rolls around. Your diet was still on point, about 80% of your list was completed, but you were “busy” and the gym had to take a back seat.
Slowly, your diet and fitness goals fell to the wayside Wednesday…Thursday…Friday.
You end your week slightly defeated and vow to start again Monday.
Then, Monday rolls around and you start the same Merry-Go-Round.
I was once there before! I constantly made health and fitness goals, but always found excuses to not meet them week after week.
Girl…life doesn’t have to continue this way. That’s what I am here for!!!
There are many factors that come together to help you develop the healthy lifestyle you have always wished to have.
But, it all starts with step #1: MINDSET.
Without taking control of your mindset, it is impossible to make positive lifestyle changes that actually stick.
Are you finally ready to start changing your life for good?
Today, I am going to teach you 3 quick ways you can evaluate your mindset so you can get one step closer to creating the lifestyle of your dreams!
First, let’s chat about mindset and why you should evaluate it regularly.
What is “MINDSET” anyway?
Mindset is your attitude towards everything and anything you do in life.
This includes how you view yourself, your job, money, eating, fitness, your decisions…etc.
It is the driving force of how you process what that happens to you and around you each day.
For example… do you think if you constantly look in the mirror and think of all the ways you don’t like the way you look that you will exude confidence at your job that day? Probably not! That is because your mindset is in a negative state that doesn’t allow you to grow!!
It also causes you to worry about things that haven’t even happened yet.
Oh man… I have definitely been here before.
Lying awake at night imagining all the horrible things that could happen the next day. Funny fact: they almost never come true!
Again… who can I thank for that? My mindset!
Why do you need to evaluate your mindset?
If you want to change your life in any way, you need to learn how to evaluate and adjust your mindset.
If your mindset is rooted in negativity and self-limiting beliefs, then your goals are going to be close to impossible to achieve.
This is because your beliefs are what either cause a good habit to stick or fall to the wayside!
You can achieve your goals if you can gain control of your mindset. When you have this control, you can catch yourself being negative and shift your thoughts accordingly.
Are you ready for your own evaluation? Let’s begin.
3 Ways to Quickly Evaluate Your Mindset
1. Do a Brain Dump
A great way to see where your mindset is currently at is to just get all of your thoughts down on paper with little-to-no rules using a brain dump method.
Yes… you could sit with your eyes closed and just think about what random thoughts are coming into your head.
But, when things are down on paper, they become real.
You are forced to look at them, evaluate them, and they have weight to them.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Write down all the thoughts (positive + negative) that come to your mind about your life (i.e. yourself, your job, your health, your friendships, your family, recent choices/decisions, money, etc). Let your mind wander.
- Write words, phrases, sentences, and pictures that associate with the thoughts as they come to mind.
When you are done, evaluate your brain dump.
Take two colored highlighters. Use one color for positive/neutral thoughts and one color for negative thoughts.
Do you see a trend?
Look at what you highlighted negative.
Are those thoughts holding you back from areas of your life? Are they even true/accurate?
2. Identify your beliefs
Have you ever heard the phrase by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”?
That phrase is ingrained in me. My 3rd grade teacher had that on a large banner in front of the classroom. At the time, I did not understand what it meant. But, now, I realize it shapes everyone’s lives.
I have noticed over the years that successful and happy people embody one common trait: confidence.
If you are not embodying confidence when it comes to who you are, your choices, and how you live your life… reaching your goals will be near impossible.
So, first you need to uncover your self-limiting beliefs.
- Set a timer for 2 minutes.
- In the negative belief column: BE HONEST and write down all the negative thoughts you allow yourself to believe about who you are as a person and your abilities, choices, looks, etc.
- Set a timer for 2 minutes.
- In the positive belief column: Write down all the positive beliefs you have about yourself and your life.
After, analyze your results.
Which column was easier to populate?
That column represents the dominant state of your mindset, either positive or negative.
Bonus: Go through your negative beliefs column and reflect. Are these actually true statements? Or, in fact, are they self-limiting beliefs keeping you from growing?
3. Review Your Habits
Another great way to evaluate your mindset is to look at how you live your daily life.
Your habits are a reflection of who you are and what you value most (consciously or not).
- You are in the habit of only going to the gym when you “feel like it.” You skipped 3 workouts already this week. That reveals you don’t value your wellness.
- Every day you write down all of your meals in advance to stay on track. This shows that you believe fueling your body with good food is important.
Evaluating your habits allows you to take a look at what you are placing importance on currently.
If those habits are not improving your character, happiness, relationships, health, or job… then you need to second guess them.
- Give each a rating from 1-10 (10 = you feel this category is at its best + does not need any improvement).
- If you rated a category with less than a 7, identify the negative habits that are associated with it.
- After you have identified the negative habits affecting key aspects of your life, make a list of how those habits make you feel.
Most likely, you have negative feelings towards those habits.
Note: most of our negative habits can be associated with lack of thought/control and instant gratification.
The more negative habits you can find in your daily lifestyle, the more clarity you can get on the state of your overall mindset.
The Next Step
No matter which exercises you complete above, there is one common goal: to understand the state of your mind.
Before setting any personal growth, healthy eating, or fitness goals, you must understand how you operate.
The more positive your mindset, the easier it will be to reach any goals you set in the future.
Once you take inventory on your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, you can begin to develop an actionable plan to reach your goals.