The word ‘mindset’ may have quite a number of different connotations for any individual embarking or continuing on a healthy habits journey. The job of the coach is to facilitate the client in accessing his own inner tools, so to speak, for maneuvering the rocky road to new habits. The ‘mindset’ part of the equation will be one of the most important as you start on your journey.
The concept of mindset usually is seen as something you ‘obtain’ by reaching deep inside, pulling it out like a rabbit from a hat, and putting it to good use, say, tomorrow. But I’d challenge this concept based on the experience of working with individuals who approach their life change, as most of us do, with several inner voices, all trying to get our attention.
The way that the brain works, frequently we observe a phenomenon where the outer, conscious mind has an intention and the inner mind, just below the surface, acts as sabotage to this very same intention! The determination of taking a daily jog, for example, may be bombarded by such thoughts as ‘don’t do it, it will be uncomfortable, remember last time’, and on and on.
The mild stress reaction associated with that ‘morning jog’ thought has the power to shut down, in a mild way, the system’s capacity to work at its very best and be happy in the process!
Understanding the mindset’ is part of finding the solution that will keep all the conflicting thoughts at bay, keeping you in charge in the same way that a conductor leads his orchestra. Instead of approaching the new habit with a kind of dismay (ugh, another diet), ask yourself what is the most inspiring thing you can think of about your new future self, what is the most easy and fun change you can make right now, here, today that is a workable idea AND is in the direction of the new goal. It will be something you are looking forward to doing, or something that is not a bother (skipping bread at the dinner table, for example).
The entire brain has the potential to find agreement and harmony in this thought. The positive emotions associated with the idea will boost the activity into realization, followed by pride at your creativity and the results you are looking for in the short term AND the long term.
A journal can help the process by locking the steps into place, where goals become habits and your program begins to gain momentum of its own.
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