Set Your Mind to Success & Kiss Fat Goodbye!
Have you ever heard someone say, “once she sets her mind to something, there’s no stopping her”? In the fitness world, I think a lot of people dream of being fit, but few actually set their mind to it.
When I think of setting your mind, I think of my grandmother setting her hair. She used to go to the beauty shop every Friday to have her hair “set”. The stylist would wash, style and plaster her hair with so much hairspray the style would last several days. In a similar way, when you set your mind to something, your mind stays there for a while.
On the other hand, much like my grandmother’s hairstyle, just because you set your mind to something it doesn’t mean it will stay there forever. It’s very likely life will happen and mess it all up eventually. Like hair, fitness goals require a certain level of maintenance. When you mess up with poor eating choices, or missing workouts, you have to reset your mind and your actions.
It’s kind of like resetting your GFI outlet. First, you don’t reset it unless you know it’s not working. Then, you have to do some troubleshooting to determine what’s tripping the breaker. Is it your hair dryer or do you have too many things plugged in the same circuit? Do you see where I am headed with this?
If you realize your original plan isn’t working, pushing the imaginary reset button isn’t enough. Doing the same exact things will likely have you tripping up the same exact way, so you are faced with a couple of questions. Is your program not working for you or are you not working for the program?
If you really have your mind set on something, there should be no stopping you. You should be actively working to reach your goal each and every day. Whether you are inching your way there, getting back on track, or taking big leaps – you should always work on moving forward.
Here are a few tips to help you reach your goals:
1.) Determine your goal and set your mind. Goals must be clearly defined. If you don’t know where your destination is, how in the world can you expect to get there? Once you’ve set your goals, write them down and post them where you can clearly see them everyday to help you stay focused each day.
2.) Pre-determine your reset button. Have a plan for when you trip up. The minute you find yourself feeling fat, have a plan of attack. Whether it’s hitting a certain class or going to the grocery store to get healthy food, a predetermined plan of action can help you get back on track fast.
3.) Avoid distractions. I guarantee my grandmother would never get her hair done and run out in the rain. Once you set your mind to reaching your goal, you must avoid situations where your plan could get messed up. Don’t think for one minute you will be strong enough to endure temptations in the beginning. The best way to avoid messing up is avoiding situations where you will be tempted to begin with.
4.) Troubleshoot you plan. You can’t always expect your first plan to work. Try plan B, plan C and plan D until you find a plan that works for you. Even when you reach your goal, you’ll still need a plan to maintain it.