How Your Beliefs Shape Your Actions
Is whatever you believe to be true... true? 🤔
A well-known quote by Henry Ford says, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right,” emphasizes how much attitude determines success or failure.
We tend to think beliefs are facts. If you believe you are a failure... your chances of having success are slim.
For example, we might say, “I can’t possibly wake up early and workout before my day starts.”
But what we mean is, “I believe I can’t wake up early and workout.” So your belief that you can’t workout early in the morning guides your actions...and you don’t set that alarm because you decided that you can’t. This makes you believe even more that you cannot wake up earlier to workout.
Now, why is this the case?
Oftentimes, we don't stick with our goals because our mindset is in a negative space.
But if we shift to a more positive mindset focusing on a solution, we’re more likely to stick with our goals and make them happen.
A simple 30-second hack to start changing your mindset around negative beliefs.
Positive mantras can help transform your goals from thoughts to reality, especially when it comes to health, fitness, and self-care.
I’m a firm believer in having a positive mindset and goals to work towards. And it’s one of the first things I talk about with my personal training and nutrition clients because it’s the key to everything else moving forward.
Simply creating powerful, positive thoughts can get you to your goals quicker instead of negative thoughts getting in your own way.
To choose a mantra, think about what goal or feeling is most important to you at this moment. For example, if you want to lose weight, have more energy, or get stronger, you can create a mantra around that goal. The key is to make it positive and in the present tense.
Here are a few examples of positive mantras to help add some good vibes to your day:
1. Focus on Actions: "I am my actions."
Your thoughts and emotions don’t dictate your reality. Your actions do. If you want to get stronger, you can’t sit around thinking about it. You have to do the work. Your actions determine everything.
And if you remember that you are your actions, not thoughts or emotions, then on those days when you don’t feel like doing anything, follow through with your actions, no matter how small.
2. Know Your Worth: “I am worthy of this time to work on myself.”
So many people, especially the ladies, feel like it’s selfish to take time away from their families or jobs to focus on eating well and exercising…or working on any goal for themselves.
But you are worthy of that time. You deserve it and need it. You can help others so much better when you take care of yourself first.
3. Embrace the Journey: "I embrace progress over perfection."
It’s simply inhuman to be perfect, and trying to reach perfection is totally unmotivating.
However, thinking about all the progress you’ve made and/or are going to make will get you jumping out of bed, motivated to crush another workout, or making sustainable, healthier lifestyle choices.