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why growth mindset matters...
I left school 13 years ago, full of optimism for the future and a dream to one day run my own personal training business.
The problem was that you have to be 18 years old to be a personal trainer and it was incredibly difficult to find a gym that would take me on as a fitness instructor due to my lack of experience.
Before long I found myself working on construction sites and eventually slipped into my comfort zone and settled for a cash in hand gardening job...
To be completely honest with you I absolutely hated it at times. I had all the passion in the world to be a personal trainer and help others with their health and fitness, but here I was waking up every day to go and do a job that I hated.
If you had told me I would be running a personal training business, living in the capital of London and trading the stock market in my spare time by the time I was 30, I would have said you were crazy!
I mean I had no money and definitely didn't understand how to create wealth, I had little to no connections that could help me in my journey and had no information on how to get me from where I was then to where I am now.
But the one thing I did have was a growth mindset.
WHat is a growth mindset i hear you ask...
Different mindsets can either help or affect our well-being in a positive or negative way. A growth mindset is simply the belief that our basic abilities can be developed and improved through dedication and hard work.
Without a growth mindset, we tend to stay in what we call a 'comfort zone' and so we remain perpetually stuck.
But with a growth mindset, we can break that comfort zone and achieve the long term goals we desire, whether that be at work, in our relationships, or in other aspects of our lives.
Individuals with a growth mindset believe they are capable of learning nearly anything if they work hard and accept failures and challenges as opportunities to grow.
The good thing is you can develop a growth mindset over time, even if you think you're not the type of person to naturally have a growth mindset. I will cover how and what worked for me in the next section.
how do you develop a growth mindset?
Someone once told me that every failure or setback is an opportunity to learn, grow and move forward - it's something that has stuck with me ever since and it has enabled me to really see the positives out of every situation or setback that I might face.
Another thing that really helped in my journey was finding my sense of purpose, almost like a reason to get up in the morning and get after it.
Research show's that people with a growth mindset have a sense of purpose and whilst it's important to keep the big picture or the end goal in mind, it's also important to understand that you need to be ready to 'pivot' at any point in your journey - that way you're not so fixed that you can't change your course should an opportunity arise.
And lastly, practising mindfulness with mental and physical activities are another piece of the growth mindset formula. Mediation, walking, stretching and pretty much any form of training or relaxation allows you to focus on the present moment, mediate on your surroundings, and brings clarity to a cloudy mind.
how does a growth mindset compliment my fitness journey?
Having a growth mindset when it comes to your fitness journey is about having the belief that you can go and achieve something - you need to actually believe you can get fitter, stronger and more athletic no matter what your starting point may be.
The hard work, perseverance, goal setting and accountability is what will get you there but it has to start from you believing you can.
More often than not people that work with me will start by saying 'I want to achieve XYZ but I don't think it's actually possible'.
The problem here is that you have already told yourself that you are going to fail, maybe thats because you've tried certain things before and they didn't work out or you've had your belief system shattered by people telling you it's not possible - whatever it may be we must start by saying the opposite - 'I know its possible and I know it's going to be hard but I'm ready for the journey'.
I truly believe that we are what we tell ourselves and if you look at like this, you wouldn't tell your best friend or your mother that it's not possible...so why do we tell ourselves something different?
Once we start to believe that the end goal is possible, behaviour and habits will follow suit however It's also important not to fall into the trap of chasing perfection, instead we must focus on progress and putting in more effort than what you think is required to achieve your end goals.
so what do we take from this?
This blog is so much more than just saying 'put your mind to something and it will all work out' because you still have to put in the work to get there.
I suppose the question is 'Do you truly believe you can change?'
If the answer is no then you need to consider working on your belief system before actually starting your journey.
If the answer is YES then I'd love to hear from you - I've got a tried and tested 6 week workout plan ready and waiting for you to get stuck into right away.