Changing Your Perspective

By: Coach Sammie

The other day I was in a conversation with one of our members and we were discussing how powerful the mind is. Your mind is powerful but you are in control of it. If you constantly focus on your limitations, restrictions, obstacles… then your likelihood of finding success in your endeavors will be slim. What if instead you looked at it differently…. you celebrated your progress and you focused on the positive changes you’re making.

Are you having a difficult time staying committed to your goals? Clearly however you are choosing to look at this particular circumstance is shedding in a negative light. Take nutrition for example. Say you made a new year’s resolution to eat healthier, a resolution that you’ve made every year for the past 4 years but for some reason you haven’t stuck with it. You’ve gone to coaches who educate you, you’ve tracked your food to add accountability, you’ve written your goal on a post-it and stuck it to every visible surface in your house as a reminder, you’ve dug in deep to figure out why you truly want to accomplish this goal and you have all the “feels” to keep you motivated. So what could possibly keep you from being successful? Well, let’s take a look at some situations and how the mindset can either set you up for success or failure.

So it’s the holidays… so much food… and not many are in the “healthy” category. I’m going to give a few examples of what your mind can tell you as you walk into your family party filled with all these foods.

  • “This is going to be so hard, there is so much yummy food here that I love, what if I only have one piece?.. I can do that right…. Only have one?”
  • “Ok, I ate before I came so I should be good… but that grilled chicken and broccoli I had taste like plastic compared to those marshmallow sweet potatoes….”
  • “This is so unfair… I just want one day to eat like a normal person… why is eating healthy so hard… why are all the best tasting foods bad for you?”
  • “Man I feel great… my energy has been so good the past few months and I can’t wait to tell my family about all the progress I’m making… I’m so glad I tried that new recipe for Paleo stuffing and brought it with me… everyone is going to LOVE it! This is going to be a great night.”
  • “This sucks…. eating healthy sucks… holidays suck…. everyone sucks…. where’s the pumpkin pie”

Ok so that last one was pretty harsh… but let’s be real… you’ve probably thought it a time or two.  Can you see how the first 3 thoughts can set you up to fail? Your mindset is that this situation is going to be difficult or even impossible. That you are restricting yourself and it’s unfair. Now look at example 4. In this mindset you changed your perspective to be a positive one. You focused on how good you feel and how proud of yourself you are. You are excited about a new healthy recipe and brought it with you to have your family try. You feel great and can’t wait for the party.

How you choose to look at a particular situation (as an obstacle or opportunity) or person (as a friend or foe) or a goal (as impossible or attainable) is the ultimate indicator of your success. If you find that you are struggling with a goal, or difficult situation, or commitment try this one simple step…. Change your perspective.