In this episode, I’ve got a few thoughts to share on how to build that positive mindset. But first, let’s dive into some brain science. Our nervous system has two competing emotional systems – positive and negative. While you might think of emotions as ranging from negative to neutral to positive, it’s not that simple. These systems compete in different ways.
The positive system pulls you forward, while the negative system pushes you away. Think of it like this: when you’re scared, in pain, or uncertain, you move away from the source of discomfort. But when you’re excited, curious, or eager, you’re drawn towards something. It’s crucial to understand this dynamic.
We’re more motivated by negative stimulus than positive. We’re seven times more likely to respond to pain than pleasure. Consider this: you touch a hot stove once, and you’ll never do it again. You naturally avoid anything that’s caused you pain in the past. It’s a survival instinct.
Now, let’s shift our focus to building a positive mindset. Goal visualization is a powerful tool. In the past, people used to cut out magazine photos or put up pictures of their fitness role models on their walls. Today, we do it through social media. But here’s the key: don’t aspire to be someone else. Instead, visualize yourself as the best version of you, with the attributes you admire in others.
Another essential component is having a growth mindset. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. Challenges are good because they signify progress. If you’re not facing challenges, you’re likely stagnant. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re hungry at the end of the day, view it as a positive sign – you’re in a calorie deficit, which is exactly where you want to be.
Lastly, choose your role models wisely. Avoid negative role models who indulge in unhealthy practices. For instance, I used to look up to Arnold Schwarzenegger as a fitness icon, but I’ve come to realize that his methods weren’t always attainable or healthy. Seek positive role models who inspire you and embody the traits you want to develop.
So, there you have it – the importance of building a positive mindset, visualizing your best self, embracing challenges, and choosing the right role models. If you need motivation, inspiration, or information, don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s make this journey towards better health and fitness an exciting one. Until next time, keep pushing forward, and have a fantastic week!