August 04, 2020 6 min read
What are you looking for out of life? There are certain core values that, if implemented correctly and consistently, will make everything click.
Working on a better version of yourself isn’t easy, but there are certain steps anyone can take for an improved lifestyle.
For example, Gymreapers was founded with a mentality of nothing is given, everything is earned. It’s how we look at our business model and orient success inside and outside of the organization.
Think about your daily routine and analyze the thoughts that accompany your activities. If you’re working out, thoughts like “I don’t need to do that last set” or “I’m just too tired to do cardio today”, are the subconscious that dictates our day, slowly translating over to other activities and how we live our lives.
"That’s just how my mind works and it’s looking at things in a realistic, honest way", you say.
But who told you those things are true?
How do we know the things we say to ourselves are even true? Everything that’s happening is a form of a self-limiting belief. The thoughts that we create are the reality that we live in. A self-limiting belief is something we all have (more or less), and if we allow it to take over, the beliefs diminish our abilities from our current and future progress (1).
You can see how the right mindset is the foundation of accomplishment. How do you develop a mindset that transcends into a more resilient you? One that accomplishes goals with consistency and steady progress? We want to share with you our four biggest core values that help you live a better, more successful life.
Everything starts with the right mindset and incorporates goals, consistency, and measuring progress. Once implemented, these values carry over into every aspect of your life.
You might have heard this before, but how you think has an incredible impact on your learning and how you make progress in life. According to author and Stamford University psychologist Carol Dweck, there are two common types of mindsets — the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
As you can imagine by its name, a fixed mindset is one that negatively affects any progress. According to Dweck, people with a fixed mindset avoid challenges, give up quickly, and aren’t receptive to feedback or new situations.
A growth mindset is quite the opposite. When you choose the growth way of thinking, you view yourself as a constant learner that’s focused on expanding existing knowledge and applying it to other aspects of life.
Dweck was able to determine the motivations of fixed and growth mindsets by doing a study and analyzing how the brain behaved during difficult questions.
The fixed mindset individuals only cared about the information that corresponded to their current abilities. The growth mindset folks focused on the information even if they got an answer wrong and were eager to expand their learning.
Whichever mindset you choose for yourself determines how you live your life.
The good news is that it’s never too late to improve your mindset. Now more than ever, it’s important to grow and change your mindset to keep up.With how the world is changing, from all angles of life, we must learn, adapt, and change on an ongoing basis.
To switch up your mindset and truly make changes in your life, here are a few things that you can start doing right now:
How do you respond to new challenges or things you’re not familiar with? Do those situations trigger feelings of doubt and failure? If you feel like your defense goes up, listen to what your mind is telling you.
Pick up on the small hints so you can recognize them and shift into a growth mindset that appreciates the unknown.
The human brain works like the muscles in our body, so it can be trained to change functionality at any age — known as neuroplasticity. The brain needs to be challenged to grow and doing the same thing repeatedly doesn’t accomplish that. Just like getting physically fit, your brain needs constant work.
Similar to the last suggestion, work on getting uncomfortable rather than playing it safe. Triggering your brain to recognize that you might learn something new even if you fail will lay the foundation for future growth. Tackle fear with confidence and optimism and block limiting thoughts.
Comparing ourselves to others and instantly thinking about how they’re better slows progress. Instead, turn the intimidation from a threat into an opportunity to do better. If someone is further along than you in something, learn from their progress.
And nothing is accomplished overnight. Doing something for the first time is never easy, so stop putting pressure on yourself to succeed right away. Instead, focus one step at a time and create your learning path. As you grow, your confidence grows.
Having the right mindset plays into the science of goal setting. Yes, there is a science to goal setting, supported by impressive data that suggests people who write down their goals accomplish a significant amount more than people who don’t (3).
It’s important to note that goals should follow the SMART acronym, which stands for Smart, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely. Orienting your success around this method provides a sense of accountability so you’re visualizing your future self at each step.
For visual learners, goal setting doesn’t have to be mundane. It should be exciting and euphoric as you’re planning out ways to create the best version of yourself. Writing down your goals in different ways and colors helps your brain uniquely remember them.
When organizing your brain, write out longer descriptions of how it would feel to accomplish that goal because it will solidify your connection to achieving it. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to cement your goals:
Understanding why you want to achieve a specific goal should be clear. Without a big enough reason (like health, happiness, or wealth), your journey might lack the drive that’s necessary for success.
You’ve done the leg work, but have you thought about the small steps? Start with tangible steps that rely on the SMART method so you’re on track. Are you consistent? Make sure to review and track your progress regularly.
Telling others about what you want to accomplish helps you stay accountable. Just by talking about your goals aloud to someone, you’re more committed to materialize.
To supplement your mindset and your goals, there are a few other elements to always be conscious of. As we mentioned, you should always be consistent and review your goals often. You’ve heard the term consistency is key. There is truth in that because it envelops the overall mindset of habit building.
Sticking with a goal, especially in fitness, produces significant improvements.
How are habits formed? It’s a behavior-based occurrence that happens repeatedly. For example, if you work out in the morning and then repeat the process daily your actions stick and form a habit.
Sure, it can be hard to start the habit and it takes effort, but breaking down the goal into smaller (attainable) chunks makes it easier. Once a habit is consistent enough, it’s hard to break. Habits play into your overall goal and push your journey forward.
How do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you are? The question applies to many situations, especially when it comes to your success. From the SMART acronym above, the second most important aspect of goal setting is that they’re measurable.
Are you including dates or specific checkpoints for your goals? For example, if your goal is to gain muscle, are you tracking daily, weekly, monthly? How much muscle mass are you wanting to gain each time you stop to check?
Keep in mind that progress takes time, no matter what your goal might be. So if you’re measuring and remeasuring often, and don’t see as big of a leap, it’s not the end.
Remind yourself to be patient, as we said before, results take time. Some tools to help you stay on track is to create a schedule. If you’re measuring progress weekly, write down details in length, take photos, and color-code your notes.
We shared with you the four biggest core values that help will help you live a better, more successful life. Remember, it all starts with the right mindset and incorporates how you define your goals, what habits you build for consistency, and how often you measure progress.
Once implemented, these values carry over into every aspect of your life. Whether you’re working on your health, wealth, or anything in between start implementing the four core values to use in your life today.
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