Updated: Feb 27
This week I’m starting a 4 week challenge to help you build a more positive mindset.
I’ll be using examples from your training to help you see how it can positively influence your enjoyment and outcomes, but you could equally well apply it to other areas of your life.
Week 1 - Part 1 - Understanding the power of mindset
I’m sure you all know someone who is endlessly positive, whatever happens they see the positives, usually driving you mad with their endless optimism. A Tigger sort of character. And I’m sure you all know an Eyeore, someone surrounded by a cloud of negative energy, whatever happens they see the worst in the situation.
I definitely used to fall into that second category, I would almost take pleasure in counting up the things that had gone wrong, or be anticipating them going wrong before they even happened (to the point that I almost got annoyed if they didn’t, because I’d lost an opportunity to chalk up another negative).
Whichever end of the scale you fall, it’s not static – you’ll change from being more Tigger to more Eeyore, often a few times a day. If you ‘get out of bed’ on the wrong side, you see the day through a negative lens. If there’s a delay on the way to work – your train is cancelled, or there’s something blocking the road, it feels like the worst thing in the world and proof that everything is going wrong and the world is stacking up against you.
Then something good happens, maybe a meeting goes really well, or the sun comes out and your favourite song comes on the radio on the way home, and now you see things more positively. That same delay happens, but now you shrug your shoulders and sit back and relax until you can get moving again.
The Impact of Mindset
The impact of our mindset influences how we show up for everything in life. If we’ve already decided something isn’t going to go well, chances are that will become a self-fulfilling prophecy because we wont put so much effort in and we’ll be actively seeking out every bit of ‘proof’ that it will fail. Whereas if we go in thinking positively, we will try harder and be more open to seeing the opportunities.
So let's get started!
Week 1 Challenge - Mindset Hack – Using a Mantra to power up your positive mindset
Week 2 Challenge - Taking your negative thoughts out of the drawer
More on Working with Mindset
I trained as a Mental Health and Exercise Coach, partly because I am passionate about the positive influence of exercise on mental health, it’s why I started my own fitness journey and has literally changed my life.
And because I was seeing time and time again, that however good the training plan I wrote for a client was, it was irrelevant if their mind was ‘getting in the way’, through self-doubt, lack of motivation, fear of failure, anxiety and more.
Now I work with my clients on breaking down these negative mindsets so that they can get more out of their training, and can also start applying their learnings to their life more widely.