Building A Strong And Positive Mindset
If you’ve ever looked at someone else and thought ‘they are so lucky’ or ‘they are so happy’, then I want you to keep reading! Because I believe you can all be ‘that person’, simply by working on your mindset.
Becoming mentally stronger is something you work at every day. Just think of it as building up your mental muscles!
How to Build a Positive Mindset
These are a few tips I want to share to help you build a strong, positive mindset!
1. Learn to acknowledge bad days for what they are
Bad days happen to everyone! While sometimes it might be a bad week, rather than just one bad day — but it’s important not to let it get to you. It’s absolutely okay to feel angry or upset if something goes wrong, just remember that it doesn’t determine the rest of your week, month or year. To build a strong mindset, you have to come to terms with the fact that obstacles will come up, but know that you have the strength to get through them.
A bad day shouldn’t stop you from living your life, but it can be hard to feel ready to try something new if you’re thinking about something bad that happened last week. Next time you have a bad day, do something to boost your confidence and see how much better you feel!
2. Give your self-talk a makeover
We often speak to ourselves in a way that we would (or should) NEVER speak to another person. Imagine your friend comes to you and says they want to start a new fitness routine. You wouldn’t respond negatively, or point out that they’ve tried several times before and never actually followed through, would you? So, why would you say that to yourself?
Start talking to yourself in an encouraging and positive way. Instead of saying “I can’t do 15 burpees!”, try saying to yourself “I am going to do as many burpees as I can, and I can modify them until I’m strong enough to do all 15!” That simple change can make a big difference to your attitude. The more you practice being kind to yourself, the easier it becomes.
3. Take action
To develop a strong mindset, you have to learn to take action when you’re scared. I know that sounds pretty terrifying, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
I used to hate public speaking, but I also realised it was important to do it if I wanted to share my message. Instead of worrying that I was speaking in front of hundreds of people, I started to think of it as an opportunity to connect with and to empower women. Because I was passionate about sharing that message, I realised I had to step outside of my comfort zone. While it’s probably never going to be my favourite thing to do, I love that it is an opportunity to connect with amazing people!
4. Reflect on your progress every day
When you’re looking at a big goal, like completing 12 weeks of your workout program, for example, it can feel overwhelming. If you happen to miss a workout, negative thoughts can creep in and may even make you feel as though you want to quit. Try making a note of the progress you’ve made because it can make a big difference. Keeping a fitness journal can help encourage you, and remind you of all the positive changes you’re making in your life!
You could also try taking a moment at the end of the day to ask yourself what you learned, what you could improve on and where you want to go tomorrow.
Strengthening your mindset takes a bit of time and practice, but it’s so worth it! Even if you feel mentally strong, I think there is always room for a little improvement.
Remember, every day is an opportunity to shape your life into what YOU want it to be! It really does all start in your mind.
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.