Over the past 11 years as a personal trainer, health coach and group fitness instructor, I’ve worked with everyone from kids to seniors. From weight loss to speed, changing eating habits, to getting more sleep, the common trait among those who successfully achieve their goals is a positive mindset. It takes work and doesn’t happen overnight, but it can mean the difference between reaching your goals and falling short. When you train your body it gets tired, it needs rest and nourishment. The same is true for our minds—it takes work to train the brain, and if we neglect it, it will become weak.
Life as a Triangle
How do we shape our mindset, especially when we are not in the “right frame of mind”? Whether we are plagued by self-doubt, self-criticism or fear, how do we find a way to reframe these thoughts and feelings to help reach our goals? Recently, I had a great conversation with a member of the behavioral health team at George Washington University. She summed up the perspective of life as a triangle:
- Point 1 is thoughts/beliefs
- Point 2 is feelings/emotions
- Point 3 is actions
"Be Do Have" Model
Another way to think about mindset is the BE DO HAVE model created by Dr. Jade Teta. It’s human nature to fall into the trap of thinking, “If only I had a lot of money, I would hire a personal trainer, and then I would be fit.” Or, “If only I would work out, then I would be in shape, and could have a lot of money.” The problem is, when we think and live this way, we will never be satisfied, nor will we have any inspiration to take action toward our goals. Instead, our mindset should be “I am fit, I do exercise, and I have a lot of money.” We must embrace what we want or who we want to be now, in this moment. Tell yourself you are who you want to be. Once we do this, everything else will start falling into place.
Once you train your brain, your mindset, to be led by your actions, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.