M is for Mindset
Lots of talk about mindset these days.
The simple definition I have for Mindset comes from Carol Dweck, an author and world-renowned psychologist.
MIndset is a set of attitudes.
Her books and research show that attitudes resulting in dedication, hard work, and resilience are more important to growth and success than brains or talent.
She calls it a growth mindset.
When we change our mindset, this set of attitudes, we can change the course of our lives.
Even though our mindset starts to form in our early years, we can impact how it plays out in our life now.
Stop and breathe
Breathing isn’t something to do, (it happens by itself), it’s something to witness. It’s shifting your awareness to the breath, and lingering there for a minute. Notice how the chest and abdomen expand and contract slightly. Try taking the breath deeper into your belly, so the belly rises on the in-breath. Conscious breathing stops your mind, so that you can be present.
Check your thoughts
Most of our thoughts are going to be our default, patterns we’ve picked up from others, so we want to check them. Are these thoughts that serve me? How are these thoughts making me feel? Many of our thoughts are just stories and we’ve not stopped to realize they are made up and not true. It’s very helpful to write them down, get them out on paper. Share them with others, question them.
"I can't imagine a better way to use our mind than in service of a healthier body"