Are there healthy changes you know you want to do? Perhaps you want to get more involved in the running community, start training for a triathlon, learn more about eating whole foods, or simply be more active? Making your health a priority begins within your mind. If you've been thinking about it, congratulations, you've already started.
The mind encapsulates both the starting point and the continued motivation to every physical goal or achievement. Therefore, it's vital that you place importance on the mental aspect within the process of bettering your body. Here are six pillars of strength for a strong mental attitude that will help you create optimal health.
Acknowledge your current state of health. Be real with yourself by getting factual. Can you run a 5K without stopping? Do you implement a physical process for relieving stress daily that is a positive, healthy outlet? Is there an extra layer of body fat around your midsection even though you're seemingly healthy? Gather the facts to create a list that reveals the truth on paper. Does this honest information help or hinder your progress?
To move forward, break it down into two questions that reveal tangible outcomes you can wrap your brain around.
- What does my current state of health allow me to do?
- What does it keep me from enjoying?
Decide and Act
We're all guilty of it; making a spirited decision to change when we are fed up with a specific circumstance, yet not following through longer than a month. Transforming your answers to the questions above will assist you in making a decision. But decision alone is not enough for sustainability. You've got to roll your initial enthusiasm into momentum that creates habit. This is only done through repeated action. Tony Robbins says, "A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided."