Want to know the #1 mindset tip to follow through with your habits?
First, let’s go through the #1 mindset STOPPING you from sticking to any behavior — the “all or nothing” mindset.
This mindset is when you have this need to be perfect when it comes to any habit you’re trying to create.
You miss 1 or 2 days and you decide to just mail it in for the week, skip the rest, and start “fresh” the next week.
This mindset is what’s been holding you back for so many years.
The new mindset you need to develop?
A flexible mindset — especially as a busy mom with kids! No longer can we bank on sticking to an exact plan or schedule.
That’s why this mindset shift will be crucial for you on your journey to not only losing weight, but to becoming healthier and happier!
Scroll to learn what a flexible mindset is and how to start implementing it immediately.
Flexible Mindset — the #1 Mindset Tip To Follow Through With Your Habits
What is a flexible mindset?
A flexible mindset is exactly what it sounds like. It’s deciding to be flexible in how you’re thinking about anything in life so you can let go of perfectionism and stop needing to “start over” with any habit.
So, instead of thinking “I need to be perfect in every behavior I do and stick to the exact plan I made for the week” you shift to a mindset of “I will do my best to stick to my plan, but I am flexible enough in the moment to shift the timeline, the way the behavior is done, or how often it’s done.”
Why it’s needed to create healthy habits
A flexible mindset is the #1 mindset tip to follow through with your habits because, especially as moms, we don’t have full control over our schedules. Kids wake up earlier than usual, get sick, throw tantrums, have blowouts, people helping us cancel, you oversleep or were up during the night with the kids, etc…. The list goes on!
That’s just life in general. The sooner you adopt a flexible mindset the faster you will be able to deal with little fires/disruptions that come into your day and get in the way of your habits. There will be less anxiety over not sticking to your plan 100% in the way you thought it would look like.
Therefore, over time, you will have a better track record of being consistent and making these habits part of your healthy lifestyle.
How to start implementing it
I am going to use the example that came up this past week where I used a flexible mindset: working out.
On Friday I planned on waking up at 5:15 and working out by 5:30. My workout programs that I follow are 30 minutes long so I planned to be done by 6am (the kids typically wake around 6:15-7 so I try to get it done by then).
I ended up sleeping in till 6. Instead of skipping my workout (which I thought about for a moment), I got dressed, made some coffee, and started by 6:15. I got through ¾ of the workout and then had to stop, get both kids out of bed and get them ready, and feed them breakfast. By then it was 7:05 and while they ate I finished my workout next to them in the living room and was done by 7:15.
So, even though I had to split my workout up over an hour, I got it done!
A few years ago before adopting this mindset, I would have never done this. I would have just skipped the workout altogether and probably not workout out till the next Monday.
Here are 2 other options that would have also applied to this mindset:
1 – Skipping the workout in the morning and either doing it later on or moving it to the next day.
2 – Doing only 2 rounds of the workout instead of the full 3.
Perfectionism will never bring you to success with creating a lifestyle! Flexibility will.
You can apply this to ANY habit you’re trying to be consistent with!
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