Energy is a finite resource. How you chose to use it will determine your success in your self-improvement endeavors.
I would like to share with you a powerful concept that will help you understand a hierarchy of making appropriate, sustainable changes in your life.
At Fit Alliance we call this framework the “Three Triangles”
This is the first of a nine part series where we will continue to explore this concept.
Each triangle has 3 points that should be worked on in a sequential order. The triangle is cyclical, and you may even need to revisit a point at times, but in general #1 is a building block for #2 which is a building block for #3.
If you are focused on improving the right part of each triangle you will see the biggest benefits.
If you are focused on the wrong part, you may just be spinning your wheels and see sub-par results.
In this blog post we are going to focus on the top point in the top triangle.
So, why is mindset first?
Because it encompasses your belief system, and that is something that you have complete control over.
Beliefs influence our perceptions and thoughts. This in turn leads to action or inaction.
Just like a material object, or a person, we can become very attached to our thoughts. If you allow this to go un-examined, you never question why you are attached to them and why you behave a certain way.
If you work to cultivate a growth-mindset, in favor of a fixed-mindset, then you can begin to observe and make meaningful change in your live.
Often this requires exposure to new information and re-framing situations/experiences into a different context, so do not underestimate the power of education and reflection.
I have outlined the basic definitions of fixed vs. growth mindsets below.
After reading them, try sitting and reflecting for 5 minutes about different aspects of your life in order to draw attention towards where you might implement one versus the other.
A fixed-mindset is the belief that abilities (from intelligence to creativity and athleticism) are innate and largely fixed.
A growth-mindset is the belief that abilities are highly trainable and developed through effort and failure.
Most people apply both mindsets in different aspects of their life, and may be completely unaware that this is the case.
If you have a fixed-mindset, you may see failure as negative and a setback. It may mean (to you) that you are not smart/talented and that effort is a bad thing because when you put in effort and fail it just ruins your self-esteem.
If you have a growth-mindset then failure is actually a positive thing. Failure is then about not reaching your goals, not reaching for the things you value, and not reaching your potential. Effort (even if it leads to failure) becomes a positive thing that ultimately leads to your success.
Here are a couple examples:
Fixed-mindset -- I am unhealthy and not athletic.
Growth-mindset -- I am currently unhealthy and not athletic, but I can become healthier and more athletic with education and practice.
It's all in the language you use (or think). Before you can make a change, you must decide that you are capable of change.
Lastly, I would like to remind you that you are worth it. But you already knew that ;)
Check out this book by Carol Dweck for more more insight into fixed vs. growth mindset.
If you would like to learn more about how we implement these ideas and other mindset strategies at Fit Alliance, feel free to give us a call at (503) 352-5832, Fill out the contact form on our website www.fitalliancepdx.com/contact, or send us an email at Fitalliance365@gmail.com
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