You might’ve heard the term “growth mindset” used in a variety of contexts. But have you ever thought about how to bring a growth mindset to your fitness?
What is a growth mindset?
When you have adopted a growth mindset, it means that you focus on, well, growth. It’s believing that you can do something differently in your life that leads to a positive change. On the flip side is a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is believing that you don’t have the option to create future changes. Your mindset and where you are in life is fixed.
How can you bring a growth mindset to your fitness?
Keep an open mind.
Trying something new can be intimidating. Whether you want to try a new workout class or you’re curious about trying a new exercise, you might be hesitant. Rather than talking yourself out of trying something new, keep an open mind. The truth is, you won’t know the outcome of trying that new thing until you’ve done it. So give yourself the opportunity.
Pay attention to how you talk to yourself.
Have you ever paid attention to how you talk to yourself during a workout? If thoughts like, “I can’t do this, I’m not flexible/fit/strong/young enough.” have ever crept into your mind, you’re not alone. But by making changes to these inner thoughts, you can create more of a growth mindset. You may not be flexible or strong enough yet. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be in the future.
Focus on progress.
Rather than focusing on all the things you can’t do in the gym, shift your focus to your progress. You may not be able to do a push-up on your toes, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck at that level forever. Or you may not be able to run one, five, or ten miles at this moment. But your running mileage is also not pre-determined. Rather than fixating on what you can’t do, focus on your journey and all the progress you’ve made. And all the growth that’s yet to come.
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