Attitude is everything. And, I am not talking about the attitude your kid gives you when you ask them to clean their room. No, I am talking about the attitude you have towards yourself and your health. The things that you tell yourself on a daily basis about getting fit and healthy and living a better life.
Why is attitude so important?
Attitude shapes so much of who we are and how we approach situations – more than we even realise, or care to admit! It shapes what we do with our life, and how we achieve our goals. It’s how we speak to people, it’s how we react when things go wrong, it’s the choices we make. It’s the difference between eating a whole block of chocolate, versus eating a couple of squares; or waking up an hour earlier to exercise, versus going back to sleep when the alarm goes off.
It’s the stories we tell ourselves:
- “I can’t exercise
today, I am too tired.”
- “Eating healthy is
boring. I can’t live on salad.”
- “I want to get fitter
so I can run around with my kids, but I don’t have time.”
We’ve all been there. Attitude. It creeps up on you. It can work for you or against you. If you are already telling yourself you can’t do something, or that it’s too hard, chances are, you won’t be able to do it and it will be too hard, because you’re already setting yourself up to fail, before you’ve even begun.
But, what if we turned it around? What if you decided to remove negative thoughts from your mind? What if you changed the stories you told yourself? Say you went to bed half an hour earlier at night. Say you laid out your exercise clothes the night before, packed your gym bag and made sure everything was ready to go. Say, when your alarm went off in the morning, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep, you got up.
How might that change your day? Your week? Your mood? It’s just a few simple choices that we make, day in, day out, that can make a real positive difference in our lives.
Getting real with yourself
When you start to change your attitude and the way you approach situations, the outcome can be very different.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy thing to do. There’s no magical cure, no quick fix. You’re not going to get the body you dream of in a day. You’re not going to have this instant mindset shift, just from one day of eating better, or doing one yoga class. One day you might be on top of the world and excited to go out there and run a marathon, the next day, you just want to lounge around in your pyjamas and eat junk food. And that’s okay.
Cut yourself some slack. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a training session or you slip back into an old eating habit. It happens. Acknowledge it and move on. Think about the positives and focus on what you CAN achieve, rather than what you CAN’T. Always take the opportunity in every situation to learn about yourself.
If you gradually work at it, day by day, and you commit yourself to the goal you’ve set for yourself – whatever that may be – and change the way you think about it, you will get there (trust me), and you will find over time, your overall wellbeing and general health and happiness will improve greatly.
Are you ready to reshape your attitude and get
serious about your health and fitness goals? Get in touch with me at kappatalizefitness.com.au and let me help you.