3 Powerful Mindset Shifts for Achieving an Enviable Physique

You’re pumped and your motivation is high. This time you’ll lose the weight. This time you’ll build muscle you can be proud of.

If this is all you’ve got, you’ll fail. Why?

Because mindset.

A powerful mindset is a long-term pattern of thinking that leads to success, not just initial excitement that inevitably wears off. A powerful mindset is required to get to your goals. And mindset is often completely ignored in fitness/nutrition programs.

When you feel powerfully successful every day, you’ll get powerful results. High hopes and feeling excited are fleeting emotions. Instead, get your head around these three mindset shifts that I use with my clients.

3 Powerful Mindset Shifts for an Enviable Physique

Your Subconscious is Listening

It seems elemental, basic almost, but your attitude can either kill your success or cause it.

Being negative about how difficult something is prepares you and everyone around you for your imminent failure. If you’ve talked about how unpleasant your new diet is, it won’t be such a disappointment when you give up.

The fact is that negativity has no place in your life. It cuts down your chance of changing and growing.

Have you ever felt a physical sensation when someone said something negative? Negative comments and attitudes bring you and everyone around you down both mentally and physically.

I don’t worry about comments from my clients about tough workouts – that tells me they’re being challenged. But I do worry about systemic negativity and I call it out right away. Think you’re on the negative side? Get on that now:

  • If you hang out with negative people, think about limiting your time with them or calling them out on it.
  • Replace that negative thought or comment with a positive one. It really does work!
  • Only work with coaches and trainers who promote a positive environment.

Striking Down Self-Sabotage

I’m no psychotherapist, but I’m pretty sure we’ve all got a critical little voice inside our heads. You know, that voice that starts harping every time you feel afraid, uncertain, or vulnerable. The voice that says things like,

“You can’t do this! Why are you even trying?”

“Give up now. It’ll save you a lot of time and grief.”

“You’ll never have the body you want.”

That voice is a serious bitch.

The key in dealing with this inner voice (or “inner critic”) is to observe it with loving detachment. Hating on that voice or trying to push it down only gives it more power. Instead, just observe it from a nonjudgmental distance and carry on.

Staying neutral about your critical inner voice gives you space to go forward. You don’t have to listen to it, you know.

Uncompromising Consistency

To get the bangin’ physique of your dreams you need a steely and uncompromising belief that consistency is king, not a nicety that only ladies who lunch have.

True workout and diet consistency requires a mental toughness. It’s about decisions and what you do day in and day out. Things like:

  • Standing firm about where you’ll eat out. You simply won’t put the shit in your body anymore.
  • Being unapologetic about your food choices. Hell, you can even educate others about it.
  • Committing to workouts even if it’s raining, the kids are crying, your boss is mad, and you feel like you’re getting a cold.

I really can’t overstate the importance of consistency. But many people try to get around the week-in-week-out work as if it’s negotiable.

Lack of consistent clean eating and training won’t just delay getting to your goals. Lack of consistency will derail your goals. It’s that simple.

Mindset is the critical, forgotten way you’ll get your bangin’ hot body for the long term. Stick with your plan. Don’t make excuses. Stay positive. Own it.

This article originally appeared on www.workoutnirvana.com.

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  1. Great post! What awesome mindsets!
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  2. This is a great article, Suzanne — I think people have a great plan in their head to get fit, but if you’re surrounded by negativity or even just lack of support, it’s really hard to stick with it. I joined a 8-week boot camp through my workplace wellness program, and it’s been really good for me. We’re all working towards similar goals and it has a military twist to it that I didn’t think I would like, but I can now see the benefits of. Like, our workout partners are our “battle buddies” and we do call-and-response chants with the instructor as we count out reps or switch to a new exercise.
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  3. Love this post!
    My online group is focusing on ‘inner dialogue’ this month too. Working to identify those negative thoughts and stop giving them so much damn power!
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  4. this –> Being unapologetic about your food choices. Hell, you can even educate others about it. you said it woman!

  5. How we talk to ourselves about our workouts and our bodies makes such a huge difference in the results. Wonderfully said!

  6. Negativity definitely can cause failure. It makes a huge difference when you perceive yourself and the things you do in a positive way.
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    it is all about the inner monologue!
    from fitness to work to family to marriage. 🙂
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  8. So many things contribute to that inner critic and will hold us back from our true potential in all parts of life. This is an excellent thing to address, especially right before all the trappings of the holidays. If I don’t keep a positive mental attitude when I run then there is no way I would be able to make it beyond a few miles if that! Great reminders!
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  9. Always had the consistency down… the other two – always a work in progress! 🙂
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  10. Great post! I have fought inner negativity for years and it definitely pays off!
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  11. LOVE this!!

    Thanks for the shout out too.

    You’re so rocking this! xo

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