Your Friend and Your Enemy
When you want to make a change in your life, and it doesn't matter what that change is, the biggest friend you'll ever have and the biggest enemy you'll ever have, is your mindset.
It doesn't matter if you want to change the way you handle your money, change the way you manage your time, or change the way you eat, mindset is everything.
Human beings by nature, are creatures of habit. We tend to like being in our own comfort zone, and we'll resist anything that challenges our comfortableness. Partly it's because we are fearful of making changes because it's unknown and unfamiliar, but also, it's because we love to feel comfortable. One famous motivational speaker says we will only make changes when the pain of staying where we are becomes greater than the discomfort of making change. Wow!
So how can your mindset be both your friend and your enemy?
Your mindset according to the dictionary is, "A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations" and "An inclination or a habit".
When your mindset is your friend, it's because your mental attitude is in alignment with what you are trying to change in your life and it allows you to create a new habit. However, your mindset can be your enemy when the opposite is true...your mental attitude works against the changes you are trying to make and prevents you successfully creating the new habit.
When it comes to changing your habits around eating, your mindset can make things a little challenging. For example, many people have been led to believe that butter is bad and margarine is good because margarine is made from polyunsaturated vegetable oil instead of saturated fat. Research has shown that nothing could be further from the truth, but to change a person's mindset around this can be very difficult.
One of the things that needs to happen to help change your mindset, is to recognise when it is working against you and what you are trying to achieve. Another way of putting it is, to recognise when you have resistance to making the change you want to make. Once this awareness happens, it makes it easier to work through the resistance and move into change.
So, why am I writing about mindset? Well, because it's so powerful in the pursuit of living a healthy life and lifestyle. The habits you have learned from childhood are some of the most powerful in your life, and if they are not particularly healthy ones, trying to make change will be challenging. But when you understand how your mindset can be hindering your health journey, it allows you to break through some of those limiting beliefs so that you can move into some healthier habits.
Do you recognise any hindering mindsets in yourself?
Enjoy your journey to health and wellness,