Your mind is a powerful thing! Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay active, or cope with a medical problem, your thoughts and attitude can make all the difference in your progress and ultimate success. Today let’s get our heads right, so we can keep our bodies ‘N motion!
A negative attitude is a path to failure, but a positive attitude almost always guarantees success. Here are some tips for having a positive attitude:
Think of positive thoughts. Be aware of your thoughts. Whenever a negative thought comes to mind, replace it with a positive thought instead.
Set small, achievable daily goals. An example is, “Today I’m going to take a 20-minute walk first thing in the morning.” A positive attitude is built with small successes.
Reward yourself often for achieving your goals. Pat yourself on the back! Go to a movie or buy yourself something nice. Just avoid rewarding yourself with food. Tell yourself you have done a great job.
Surround yourself with positive people.
Be kind to yourself through all of life’s ups and downs. A positive attitude will help you prevail.
Guiding Thoughts and Images
At this point you might be thinking that it’s great to have a positive attitude, but sometimes it’s just not that easy. Some days it’s just really hard to turn a negative thought into a positive one. So, let’s continue to look at how we can use guiding thoughts and images to lead us to a positive attitude and ultimately achieve our goals.
Think about it: What positive thoughts or images guide YOU to achieve YOUR goals?
If you’re having a tough time answering that question, there are some examples below that might help. Once you find one or two that ring true for you, use these thoughts and images to truly guide you through your efforts. You can ACHIEVE anything you BELIEVE!
Examples of guiding thoughts:
I want to see my grandchildren grow up.
I will feel much better when some of this weight is gone.
I am worth the effort. I am going to do it!
I CAN do this!
Examples of guiding images:
I picture myself as a much healthier and happier person.
I picture myself surrounded by my children and grandchildren.
I see myself walking regularly, feeling good, and moving easily.
I see myself feeling really proud of what I have accomplished.
Boost Your Confidence
As we discussed above, setting and achieving small, daily goals can help you keep a positive attitude, but it can also boost your confidence. The more confidence you have to make a change, the more successful you will be. Although many people have doubts about their ability to achieve their goals, it can be done. You CAN do it!
Think about it: On a scale of 0 to 10, how confident are you that you will reach your health and wellness goals?
Here are some suggestions about ways to strengthen your confidence:
If you are above a 0, ask yourself, “What makes this a _______, and not a zero?”
Ask yourself, “What would it take to make that number 2 or 3 points higher?”
Ask, “What would make me more confident?”
Arrange to make those things happen.
Recall things you did successfully in the past:
Remember how you did those things. What did you do to make it happen?
Think about how you can use the successful techniques from the past to accomplish what you want to do now.
Keep telling yourself you can do it.
Keeping your mind right with a positive attitude and confidence is not always easy. If it was, we wouldn’t need anti-depressants, and I think a lot of people would be healthier overall. If you need it, ASK FOR HELP. Family members, friends, and your Boomers N Motion coaches can support and encourage you if you just ask. Try to spend time with those who offer encouragement, or consider participating in a Boomers N Motion group class. You will feel more confident when you know you have support behind you!
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!