Because I am a fitness professional, people often assume that my philosophy on health revolves around physical exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth. Physical exercise is a important and integral part of any health and wellness program, but it’s not the be all and end all.
In working with private clients, I try to drive home to them that attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle revolves around six key components. They are: diet, exercise, hygiene, sleep, mindset and social support. These are the bedrock of an effective and holistic healthy lifestyle program. But if I had to choose one, as the most significant in the effect it has upon a persons success in their attempt to get and stay healthy; I would have to go with mindset.
Your mindset is the mental model that informs your value system, your goals, ethics, self-esteem, social interactions and in fact your reality. Your belief system is the filter through which everything you experience and perceive is screened to be accepted, rejected or modified. Some of these beliefs you are very much aware of and others have long ago receded into the unconscious.
When you decide to make some changes in your lifestyle in order to improve your own and your families health, it’s because of the value you have placed on health in your head. Just as important as your value for health, is your belief in your ability to make the changes necessary and degree of confidence you have in the method or professional you choose to aid you in reaching your goal.
If you approach the task of transforming your lifestyle with a head full of doubts and negative thinking, you are almost sure to fail. Likewise a lack of confidence in the person you have chosen to help you, may very well render you un-coachable. Both of these attitudes lead to self sabotage. Fortunately, like behavior, your beliefs and attitudes although deep rooted can be modified.
In essence, when choosing a program that involves any kind of behavior change. Make sure it addresses the powerful influence played by the unseen, intangible and elusive committee of beliefs. Once you are successful in getting your head centered in the game, you are guaranteed to be a winner.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started”
Kazi CPT, CMT