How Your Mindset Affects Your Training And How You Can Bend It To Your Will
It all starts with the mind! And when it comes to training, the importance of the right mindset cannot be emphasized enough.
Mindset plays a pivotal role in how you view yourself, your physical abilities, as well as your training results. More often than not, the biggest hurdle between you and your fitness goals may be your own thinking. The decision between giving up and keeping at it is made by a person’s mindset, making it a key component of success and achievement.
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What is Mindset?
To put it simply, mindset is your set of beliefs. Your beliefs determine how successful you are at anything. It depicts whether or not you believe that you are deserving and capable of achieving your goals and dreams.
One may have a fixed mindset and believe that their abilities are limited and their goals may be unattainable, putting failure in their line of sight well before the fight. Or one may have a growth mindset in which they believe that their abilities and skills can be improved. A growth or positive mindset allows one to work on their goals while they truly believe that they can achieve them.
How does your mindset affect your training?
Along with diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, mindset also plays an important role in success when it comes to health and fitness. If you believe you can’t do it, you probably won’t do it. However, a positive mindset allows you to focus on your goals, make changes, train your skills and work your way into achieving them. Adopting a growth mindset while training can help you to show up consistently, put in the hard work, maximize your performance, and achieve your goals.
Oftentimes while training, people look at their goals and the amount of work it needs and doubt their ability, leading them to give up too early in the journey. Developing a growth mindset allows you to see that with hard work you can grow and improve yourself and your skills. It allows you to visualize and believe that your goals are attainable and you deserve to achieve them.
How can you change your mindset to support your training and goals?
Fitness isn’t just about working on your physical body. It is training to increase your mental resilience and attitude. As Lynn Jennings said, Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body. The process of becoming stronger mentally is like any other kind of training, it takes time and consistent practice.
Here are a few ways how you can try to inculcate the growth mindset for continuous progress on your fitness journey.
Visualize success: Form a strong visual of your goals. Think deeply about what you want to become like. Every night, visualize crushing your workout for your next day. Embed exactly what you want to achieve into your subconscious and your body will be pre-programmed to follow.
Think positive: Develop an enthusiastic and positive approach towards every workout. Even when it is not easy, try to embrace the process, knowing that it is bringing you closer to your goals.
Use the aggression: Do not just show up to the gym, raid it. Channel all your pent-up emotions and all the frustrations you’re holding on to into every rep of every set.
Focus Focus Focus: Your time to workout is your me and you should not waste any of it. During movement, concentrate on what you’re doing. Forge the mind and muscle connection and focus on the move.
Embrace the journey: If a workout does not go as planned, do not let that get to you and demotivate you. Learn to look beyond it and move ahead. Remember that you’re on a journey. Embrace both the victories and the rough parts. Set your sight on the next set or next workout.
Have faith: Have faith in yourself and the process. If you have faith in your diet regimen and your workout program, you'll be a step closer to your goals.
Your body is only limited by where your mind is willing to take you. A substantial way to fight through the roadblocks and inculcate the growth mindset into your training is to work out with a fitness trainer who will not just support your training physically, but also help you fight the game mentally.
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