Before you can achieve physical fitness, you must master your mental health. People who are described as “optimistic” are more likely to reach their goals, no matter what they are because they maintain a positive mindset. At those moments that you experience a roadblock or a setback in your plan for bettering your health, a main determining factor of your success is whether or not you can bounce back, emotionally. The optimist sees a setback as an opportunity to learn and re-evaluate. On the other hand, a pessimist may simply give up and stop believing in his or her potential to succeed.
If you aren’t the type to stay consistently optimistic, you are certainly not alone. Self-doubt is a difficult opponent to overcome. Negative thoughts can become bad habits over time and rather than focusing on eliminating them, you would be better served by replacing this bad habit with a better one: responding to your negative thoughts with positive ones. When you can think positive, optimistic thoughts, your “certainty, confidence and elation” will increase and suddenly…not only will you be more sure of the belief that you can reach your goals, but you will feel fired up and more motivated to go after them.
Here are some key suggestions for creating a “mindset makeover” from Brian Tracy, author and Business/Personal Success Expert, mentioned in an article from Success.com:
1. Control your reactions and responses.
An optimist sees a setback as temporary, while the pessimist sees it as permanent. The optimist sees an unfortunate event as a temporary event, something that is limited in time and that has no real impact on the future. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees negative events as permanent, as part of life and destiny.
2. Isolate the incident.
An optimist sees difficulties as specific, while the pessimist sees them as pervasive. This means that when things go wrong for the optimist, he looks at the event as an isolated incident largely disconnected from other things that are going on in his life.
For example, if something you were counting on failed to materialize and you interpreted it to yourself as being an unfortunate event, just something that happens in the course of life and business, you would be reacting like an optimist. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees disappointments as being inescapable. To him they are indications of a problem or shortcoming that pervades every area of life.
3. Don’t take failure personally.
Optimists see events as external, while pessimists interpret events as personal. When things go wrong, the optimist will tend to see the setback as resulting from external factors over which one has little control.
Accountability and support are key components in making a solid switch from “optimist” to “pessimist.” Find yourself a trustworthy friend, loved one or a coach to keep you in check and to help you succeed in creating more positive thoughts for your mind to focus on. Once you can build a solid foundation of self-confidence and an optimistic attitude, the sky is the limit for what you can achieve.
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