The Dangerous Pitfalls of a Lazy Mindset
Mindset: “The established set of attitudes held by someone.” –Oxford Dictionaries
You’ve been working hard! You have been making the effort to exercise more regularly, eat healthier and have even seen some of the benefits take effect in your life. You have more energy, are less irritable, and can even fit into some of those clothes that have long been at the back of your closet waiting for “some day”. Even nicer is when people have noticed and complimented you. It’s time to celebrate! Uh-oh…
People that make progress towards their dreams will inevitably come across obstacles. It’s how you react to those challenges that will determine whether or not all of your effort thus far will be in vain. Keeping in mind of course that in life, slip-ups and mistakes do happen. Sometimes those are our obstacles, and it’s how we react to them as well. We can either allow it to reinvigorate the resolve within our minds to keep moving forward with our progress towards our goal, or we can let a small set-back actually defeat us.
Good news! The power to take control of that kind of situation lives within all of us and is free to everyone. With the right mindset, you can accomplish virtually anything. You may find yourself in several potentially-compromising situations, including the following 2 examples:
- Your friends invite you to go out. Nothing too fancy, but they’ve chosen a place known for their delicious pizza and pasta. You love this place, but you’ve already had your “cheat day”. Is this an opportunity to explore the menu, and really get adventurous with the healthier options, or do you just have to have 3 Sicilian slices and a plate of pasta Alfredo?
- Your significant other just got home from a long day at work. They’ve brought home bags of fast food and have already begun arranging themselves in front of the TV, ready to eat and relax. You’re about to run to the gym, but they’ve already set you up next to them, and don’t want you to let the food get cold. Do you let them know how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness and stick to your plan, or do you sit down to “spare their feelings”? You honestly don’t want the food to go to waste…
These are both great opportunities to really get to know yourself. Are you a follower, or are you a leader? Most people like to consider themselves a leader, but exercise no self-control. How can someone lead others successfully if they can’t effectively lead themselves?
Once you are able to realize that every opportunity for temptation is also an opportunity for you to take one step closer to your dreams, then the overwhelming urge to give in becomes more manageable from a place of logic rather than emotion. It affords you the chance to objectively assess your actions and presents you with a choice.
When you realize that the benefits of working out are multi-faceted, you come to understand that it’s more of a lifestyle choice than a quick fix, and it’s easier to work that into your daily mentality. This holds true for most things worth having in life. Once you have incorporated that as a philosophy into your existing mindset framework, those choices become easier and new opportunities open up for you as well, in ways that you would never have thought possible.
Setting your mind in this manner doesn’t just hold true for working out. It is true for anything that you take on in life. In order to be successful at whichever endeavor you undertake, you must first reconcile your mind to the fact that it’s going to take work. It may be hard-going at first, but slowly, slowly you start to see the fruits of your labor, until almost suddenly you are at the top of the mountain that you previously thought was impossible to climb. Often, the best things in life worth having don’t come easy; perhaps that’s part of the joy and sense of accomplishment you feel when you have finally gotten to the place about which you only dreamed before.
Whether it’s your career, a relationship, a project, or any sort of self-improvement, the victory is sweeter after you’ve embraced the effort to achieve. At the end of the day, you need to ask yourself, “Will I follow, or will I lead? Even if the only one I’m leading is me?”
Have you experienced difficulty staying strong? Do you have any tips or advice to offer from your own experiences? I’d love for you to share! Please feel free to do so in the comments section. 🙂