I don’t know about you but, last night Travis Rogers of MindRite Training did a great job of reminding me about setting goals that lead to success. It’s not about a scale or an outcome but it’s about the journey of fitness. Each journey is different and each journey has its own reasons. You must create your reasons for working out to be truly successful for a lifetime. There is no challenge or weight-loss goal that will keep you motivated forever but there is something within you that keeps you grinding on days that you may otherwise quit.
The biggest take away from last night was the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset leads to a strict expectation of success and failure and a growth leads to the idea of progress and learning.
Check out this video Shift Happens from the website www.trainugly.com mentioned last night by Travis. This explains the difference of growth mindsets and fixed mindsets. The book, Mindset by Carol Dweck explains this in even further detail.
-List your outcome based goals as far into the future as possible
-Then ask yourself: How do I reach these goals?
Try asking yourself these questions:
“How many workouts do I want to attend per week?”
“What do I need to be stronger at?”
“What are some things that hold me back right now that I can improve upon and how do I measure that?”
Lastly, share these ideas with people around you that are like-minded and support you. It is important that we have people around us that drive us to our goals, because on tough days, they help us through. Remember not everyday is perfect or even good, but it is what we learn each day that helps us reach new heights.
A special thank you to Travis Rogers and MindRite Training for taking the time to share your knowledge and expertise on the psychology of training.
-Written by Megan Higginbotham