How to change your mindset in 3 simple steps

in Mindset by Geoff Loomes B.Ph.Ed., B.Com., Dip.TLC / January 16, 2017

Mindset

Many experts agree that the ability to change our mindset is the single most important factor in the achievement not only of our health, but any outcome that is important in life. Having a mindset that embraces the ability to learn, grow, adapt and handle life's inevitable setbacks, is a critical part of our health and happiness.

Three factors can be seen as essential when it comes to creating a healthy mindset.

Awareness 

In order to create a healthy mindset, we must first understand the ingredients. While there are many factors, seven key areas take priority. Our finances, health, careers, relationships, personal growth, levels of fun and recreation and our physical environment (where we live).

To better understand the impact these areas have on our mindset, it is important to measure each one. To help with clarity, we have provided a simple mindset assessment tool that assists in this process. This is an effective way to gauge the areas in which we are doing well, as well as those which may need some support. 

Action

Now that we understand which areas are having the greatest impact on our mindset, it’s time to take action. The first step is to decide what to work on - this may not always be the area with the lowest scores.
After deciding, it is important to establish what parts to work on. If, for example, you chose to work on 'Relationships', then decide what part is important to you. Do you want to be more present in a relationship, improve your communication skills, create closure, be more romantic, or meet new people? Get clear about the specifics, as these will dictate the outcome.

Accountability

Now that you have your plan, the key is to practise it daily. A simple rule of thumb is to spend a minimum 15 minutes each day, for a one week period, working on the areas you wish to improve. Focus on turning your intentions into actions and then into daily routines. The key is to hold yourself accountable for a period of time that enables your behaviour to change and become a sustainable part of your life.

Here are some accountability examples for 'Relationships'.

  • Spend 15 minutes each day being present in a relationship. Play with the kids, talk with your partner, listen to a friend, etc.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day practising better communication skills. Respond vs react, listen, avoid judgement, seek win-win, etc.
  • Spend 15 minutes each day improving your romantic life. Write a special note, create a surprise, meet some new people, etc.

As you can see, the key is to connect accountability to an effective action plan. If you have one without the other, it just won't work.

When it comes to renewing your mindset, awareness, action and accountability are 3 factors essential for success. If you would like to learn more about how they can assist you to change your mindset, then join us in one of our upcoming health challenges.

Author
Geoff Loomes B.Ph.Ed., B.Com., Dip.TLC
Geoff has been passionately involved in the health industry since 1998, when he graduated from Otago University, New Zealand, with a double degree in Exercise Science and Commerce. Over the last two decades, Geoff has delivered health and fitness programs to hundreds of health professionals, fitness centres, and health conscious companies, and today, he is the director of his own Exercise Physiology practice and founder of the market-leading health software, My Health Challenge. 
Geoff’s vision is to create a healthier, more active world by providing customisable, user-friendly health solutions that motivate, educate and support sustainable change.
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