We’ve all been there once or twice. You felt like nothing was going right and that you’re bound to fail at overcoming a certain obstacle in life. These times are pushed upon us for reasons we are unaware of until we come out brighter and wiser than before. While trying to put a few pieces together again myself, I came across an article that struck a chord in me and I decided to share some wisdom. It will not only help you develop the personal motivation that will spring board you in life, but it will also help you let go of that paralyzing mindset you may be suffering from at the present time. Just bear with me, this blog will certainly end up tying into nutrition – motivators to eat healthy, lose weight, or sticking to a workout plan.
If we take a closer look at what motivates people to work harder in life or to stick to a promising plan, we can come up with a few toxic motivators that will only breed short-term success:
1) WHAT CAN I GAIN? – This is the ego talking…looking good, money, status.
2) PAIN – In an attempt to remedy the pain from losing – someone or something you cherished or harsh comments from critics. The motivation here may be due to the false belief that if you are better, whatever you lost may come back.
These motivators are toxic to the weight loss mindset and a general healthy mind. Both of these are sure to be present in most of us however, we overcome them with a healthy mindset. One that is motivated by things that are true, challenges our greatest self and will breed long-term success and outshine these egotistical motives.
According to Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, she identified two mindsets that people typically have. One is a fixed mindset, where they see their set of abilities as fixed traits – basing their worth on current abilities but neglecting the idea of growth; lose confidence quickly and minimize the risk of deficiencies being exposed for fear that they can never be recovered.
The second is a growth mindset– that abilities are cultivated. They consider the idea of natural talent but embrace their potentiality through practice. They embrace the chance to challenge their deficiencies, find ways to stay committed and take charge of their motivation.
When you are embarking on yet another diet or workout plan, forget all the times you failed before. After all, doesn’t everyone have shortcomings? That is what learning is for. That is why you have friends, family, fitness trainers, health professionals and your performance coaches to guide you in your growing process. When you begin to shift to a growth mindset, you will learn that exposing and sharing your problems will not only allow you to grow and rise above them. Your deficiencies or past failures are not permanent but penetrable.
Once you’ve made some changes to your thought patterns, you can employ a few skills to help you stay motivated to your weight loss efforts and maintain a weight loss mindset.
- Write down what’s important to you. Make an ongoing list and include where you want to be in life 10-15 years from now. How will being your healthiest make your life long dreams a reality? Remember it’s about health – not appearance. Many people try to lose weight to look better instead of feeling better. In reality, after a few months of being that smaller size it will become the norm; the thrill will be over and often so will your motivation. If your goal is to feel better it’s easier to maintain motivation later down the road.
- Employ the 80/20 rule with certain foods that have held you back. Food can be for nourishment and for pleasure, however if the food is eaten for only pleasure but causes more harm than good, you must cut back or let it go completely. Think about it this way, if you are eating a nutrient-deprived diet 80% of the time (processed, packaged foods, greasy processed meat) and very little natural whole foods from the earth 20% of the time you are starving your cells and your metabolism becomes sluggish. Instead flip-flop your diet to eating fresh fruits and veggies, organic farm-raised beef/poultry, legumes, organic dairy or natural milk alternatives to 80% of the time and save the latter for remaining 20%.
- Track your progress. This is the one tool that will be there to motivate you when no else is around. Record your weight, BMI, body fat percentage, and measurements (waist, hip, arms, thighs). Take measurements every 4 weeks to see how far you’ve come. There is no greater feeling than see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished.
If you came to this article because you are trying to lose weight and become healthy. It is highly recommended you gain a healthy weight loss mindset and shift towards a growth to ensure you’ll maintain your weight-loss efforts. How do you do this? Our team of Human Performance Specialists bleed this and here to guide you into a healthy weight loss mindset. Remember, the best part is the journey, not the destination. So embrace the challenge and shine on!