Your mindset – what you set your mind on – affects every aspect of your well being. Maintaining a Wellness Mindset is vital to achieving wellness. The thoughts you think have the ability to catapult you to success and amazing levels of wellness. However, your thoughts can also destroy your mindset, preventing you from ever reaching success in life and crippling your efforts to achieve wellness.
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The great news is that you have total control over this area of your life. Which direction you go is completely up to you. You can choose limiting and destructive thoughts that produce limited results and destructive lifestyle patterns. Conversely, you can choose to create a wellness mindset with uplifting and empowering thoughts. You may not realize it but you make this choice thousands of times each and every day.
Key #1: Think Empowering Thoughts
We have control over the thoughts we think moment by moment. Creating a wellness mindset requires that we eradicate negative, defeating, limiting thoughts and replace them with positive, uplifting, empowering thoughts.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life
If you watch the nightly news on a regular basis, chances are that you struggle with negative, defeated thoughts. The news is filled with violence, sadness, and negativity. Filling your mind with this will produce depressed and negative thoughts. Garbage in, garbage out, as it is said. Turn off the news! Read a great book. Watch an inspiring movie. Read the Bible. Read alternative news blogs. Read Wellness Achiever blog. Filling your mind with this positive, happy, inspiring, empowering information will automatically change the way you begin to think.
Key #2: Focus On Positive Outcomes
Every situation we face in life has many different possible outcomes. Do you find yourself typically focusing on the negative outcome, always expecting the worse? Does that always happen? No, of course not. Sometimes things work out great, even better than we could have ever imagined! Why not set your mind on the positive and expect the best? You just might get it! Even if you don’t, you will be a happier person. You will certainly be a nicer, more positive person to be around as well.
When nothing is sure, all things are possible! Venture ahead with Faith. – Anonymous
Choose to create a wellness mindset by choosing to focus on positive outcomes. Practicing this will cause your mind to begin working in that direction. You will begin to see new opportunities that you previously overlooked. Instead of just getting the negative outcome you expected, you will begin to create the positive outcome that you truly desire!
Key #3: Turn Your ‘BUT’ Around
Sometimes, we fill our minds with awesome, empowering thoughts and then open our mouths and our great, big BUT gets in the way and undermines our wellness mindset. I am not talking about your butt. Your butt may get in your way as well. If so, be sure to check out Busting The Top 4 Exercise Myths next!
I am talking about something as simple as word placement. Where you put your ‘but’ makes a huge impact on your wellness mindset. How does this happen? Let’s look at some examples. As you read each of these sentence pairs, pause after the but, read the second half, then pause again and think about how the words make you feel.
I really want to lose weight and feel better but exercise is such hard work.
I know that exercise is hard work but I really want to lose weight and feel better!
I really want to eat better foods and be healthier but I am so confused about healthy eating.
I may be confused about healthy eating but I want to be healthier and I will choose healthier foods!
I want to have more positive relationships but I just seem to always end up with negative people.
I have a lot of negative people in my life but I want to have more positive relationships!
I know that God is in control but I just feel like my life is a mess.
I feel like my life is mess but I know that God is in control!
What did you notice? After reading the first sentence in each pair, you probably felt defeated, right? After reading the second sentence in each pair, you felt encouraged and empowered! Both sentences say the same things but they have drastically different effects on your mindset.
Your mind will always focus on the phrase that comes after your ‘but’. It is not wrong to have negative thoughts. It is not wrong to express your concerns or feelings. However, it can be defeating if that is all we focus on. Just turn your ‘but’ around and you will instantly change your mindset and produce dramatically better results!
Key #4: Positive People & Relationships
Your life is greatly affected by the people with whom you associate. Every person you meet has an impact on your life. Every relationship you have is either feeding a negative, defeated mindset or it is fueling your positive, wellness mindset. You will find yourself moving towards the dominant mood of any crowd you are in.
If you don’t like the mood, change it. If you can’t change it, then leave that crowd. Life is too short to be worried about offending the Negative Nancys and Debbie Downers. Let them be miserable by themselves.
Choose to surround yourself with happy, positive, upbeat people who are going where you want to go. You will find yourself becoming more happy and positive as well. You will find it easier to get through your day and accomplish your goals when you choose to be surrounded and supported by happy, positive people all day.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough negative people to make it worth the effort. – Anonymous
Choose A Wellness Mindset Today
If you haven’t been happy with the results of your life – your health, your relationships, your job – choose today to make a change. It all begins by changing your mindset. This is a lifelong discipline. The longer you practice a wellness mindset, the better results you will get out of your life. You will also notice that this discipline becomes easier with practice and with time. Choose today – right now – to trade in your stinking thinking and limiting thoughts for an empowering wellness mindset that will change you life forever!
Unlock your wellness mindset! Which Key will you turn today?