Part 5 Practical Wellness: Mindset
Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
If you were to ignore every other aspect of wellness and just focus on creating the correct mindset for a healthy, happy and successful life then you would probably do a pretty good job of reaching a high level of wellness.
However, if you were to focus on every other aspect of wellness and just ignore your mindset then you might just find that no matter what you do on the outside you might never really experience the sense of wellbeing you are looking for.
Happiness is an inside job.
William Arthur Ward
What is a mindset?
Simply put a mindset really just refers to a way of thinking. You could think of your mindset as an established set of attitudes or dispositions that predetermines how you will interpret or respond to something.
Think of your mindset as being like a lens that filters the image coming through it. Your mindset will influence how you perceive yourself, others, situations and the world around you. By changing your mindset you change how you perceive something.
A ‘positive’ mindset will respond very differently to a situation compared to a ‘negative’ mindset. A person who sees their glass as being half full will often be more optimistic, motivated and ambitious than someone who sees their glass as half empty. The only difference is how they are perceiving the same situation.
In other words if you have good control over your mindset you will have a huge amount of control over how you choose to view or respond to any situation. By developing your mindset you are far more likely to be successful at setting and achieving your goals and perhaps more importantly you will be far more likely to enjoy yourself along the way.
Your mindset and your wellness
“Your actions are affected by the thoughts you have and the things you tell yourself. So, if you want to transform yourself, you’ve got to deal with your thoughts, your excuses, your beliefs and your self-sabotaging paradigms. That’s your mindset. If you change your thinking, your body will follow.”
– Jeremy Rolleston (Olympian)
Your thoughts influence your feelings and how you feel affects your actions. Your health and wellbeing is built upon the foundation of positive actions and how you think and feel about those actions. Therefore you will get a massive return on investment by developing a wellness friendly mindset.
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