It all starts in your mind.
This isn’t talked about often in the fitness world. But everything does begin in the workshops of our minds. Including our fitness and health.
Positive thinking refers to your ability to be able to direct your thoughts towards your desired outcome without falling into the pitfalls of doubt or confusion.
After having worked with hundreds of clients and from my own personal experience, I can guarantee you that positive thinking isn’t just another new-age fad or something that’s ‘cool’ to do.
It’s a fundamental way of being that has the potential to shift the direction of your life. And the results you’re currently seeing in your vegan fitness.
This is true. And it’s been proven in countless studies from leading experts in the field of the mind including Bruce Lipton, Chris Walton, or Bob Proctor.
I truly believe that when you release negative or limiting beliefs that you may hold about yourself, you can begin to tap into your true potential in your vegan fitness and health.
However 99% of coaching and fitness programs seem to forget this simple yet fundamental principle towards long-term change.
In fact, studies in fitness have shown that 95% of people who lose weight end up putting it all back within 5 years.
It makes a powerful case for us to focus on the power of our mind and channel this force into our fitness.
In Chris Walton’s book ‘Gamma Mindset’ he presents the idea of using kinesiology to test yourself for any limiting beliefs that may reside in your body.
It’s a great technique for understanding some of the beliefs that could be present and that can be quickly identified by using muscle-testing to identify any negative or limiting beliefs.
It is POSSIBLE for every vegan to be lean, fit, and strong especially when their core beliefs are formed around this belief.
There’s only one main difference between someone who’s fit, healthy, and strong and someone who's lean, strong, and fit.
Your beliefs in your mind form the foundation for what you experience in your body and how you create your health and fitness.
This can be a hard truth for many of us to swallow but it’s one that I’ve seen evident in many of our clients we’ve served over the years and also in my experiences.
As someone who’s struggled with limiting beliefs for many years, it’s a testimony to my growth that beliefs have the potential to shift WHO you believe you are and what you’re capable of in your fitness, health, and life.
So how do you know if you’re being held back by your beliefs?
Here’s a few ways:
1. Create a daily journal and write down all your current beliefs about your vegan fitness. No need to filter, change, or reword things here. Write everything down as it comes into your mind.
2. After a week, review your journal. Look at the thoughts and beliefs which are useful and could serve you in the future (e.g. I enjoy being healthy, I can be fit and strong, I am capable of growing each day). Then look at the beliefs which do NOT serve you (e.g. I can’t do this. Fitness is too hard. Everyone else can be healthy and fit but not me) and decide whether or not it makes sense to keep them.
You determine what thoughts and beliefs are in your mind.
After your mental review above, I’d recommend creating a list of positive affirmations that you can begin to review each day (once in the morning and evening) to help reprogram your subconscious mind into believing your new fitness beliefs. 98% of people will doubt this method. Many will avoid this. But it’s the people who recognize that their MINDS are the path forward in their fitness, health, and all accomplishments that will see the best results from this exercise.
Here’s a few other resources you can use to help you continue to enhance the level of positive thinking you engage with each day.
Positive Thinking Strategies
Gratitude is the practice of being grateful. It’s a practice of sharing gratitude for the things that you’re grateful for and coming from that VIBRATION. It also allows us to move into higher states of thought and feeling which allow us to have more faith in ourselves.
Gratitude also helps us break the stream of negative thoughts. One of the benefits of practicing gratitude is that you’re able to attract more of what you’re grateful into your life. Just by being grateful we allow ourselves to expand and FEEL all the good that is already present in our lives.
One of the greatest tools that we have available to us in our vegan fitness, health, and life is the power of our mind. Or rather the ability to control our mind and direct it to our chosen object of desire. The power of autosuggestion lies in our ability to communicate with our subconscious mind, where our emotions lie, and to begin to rewire the programming that drives our lives from within.
However, there’s a few things about affirmations or autosuggestion that many people forget to apply.
1. You MUST emotionalize your thoughts when you repeat your affirmations. Emotions are the driving force for change and action and without emotions, change is NOT guaranteed.
2. Repetition is fundamental. Psychologists have shown that it can take up to 69 times for us to hear something before it begins to sink into our subconscious minds.
Repeat, repeat, and repeat again whatever you desire to create in your life.
Repetition and persistence will be the twin wings which allow you to create the results you want to see in your life even more quickly.
Here’s a simple way to write out your daily affirmations for your vegan health and fitness goals:
Why am I, (insert name) so blessed with radiant health, fitness, and strength and able to achieve anything I set my mind to?
I, (insert name), am so happy and grateful to have incredible health, fitness, and wellness in every part of my life no matter what?
Either version can work. But what’s more important is that you EMOTIONALIZE the feelings you have when saying these words. Feel them in your heart and truly be ONE with what you’re saying. Since we want to go to the heart of the matter which resides in your subconscious mind, repeating these sentences without feeling or emotion will not change anything externally. Take the time to craft out your own list of affirmations and start practicing today.
Meditation is a powerful practice to begin to understand who you are and what your life is about. At its core, meditation is following your breath and examining your mind.
Although there are many ways to meditate, the idea is to focus on your breath, let go of your thoughts, and come back into your body.
While there’s many different styles of meditation, I’ve found that Zen, or the practice of focusing on your breath, has been a powerful way for me to connect with myself.
However, I’ll leave a few links to some resources that you might also find helpful for your practice too.
Visualization is the act of seeing something in your mind that you may not yet have in your life yet. As Bob Proctor, reminds us in his talks, ‘Your present level of thinking can only give you the same results.' If we want to create a NEW result in our life (whether fitness, health, or wellness, we need to think on the level of our goals).
Napoleon Hill said it best here - ‘If you can hold it in your mind, you can hold it in your hands’. Really the practice comes down to holding an idea in your mind and imagining that you are already winning, creating a specific result, and moving forward with the image you want to create in your life.
Many people may scoff at the idea that your mind has the capacity to create what it holds in its mind. I’ll leave a reminder here that most people who had a new idea (whether it was flying, round world, or law of gravity) were laughed at when they began to imagine a new reality. Trust in yourself and your ability to create a new way of being, doing, and having in your life.
Journaling is an underrated part of the self-reflection process but it’s one of the most powerful ways to get back in touch with our thoughts and feelings. It gives us the ability to examine ourselves and with ourselves as we write out how we feel.
One of the great things about journaling is that the more you journal, the more clearly your thinking will improve. There’s also multiple studies that show that writing by hand helps improve memory retention. Another benefit from journaling is the ability to express gratitude in written form (similar to visualization but on paper) which allows you to express more positive emotions in your life. When it comes to journaling, the key is just getting started and putting in the reps.
Putting forth even 1 minute of daily writing can not only be helpful for your own personal development but it can also help expand your awareness throughout your day and how you communicate with others.
Here’s some great journals you can use:
As you move forward in your practice of these strategies and begin to apply these to your life, remember that progress is a habit that will get you there and trying to be perfect with everything will tend to derail you more often than not. Focus on mastering each technique even if it’s only 5 minutes per day.
Keep the vision that you have in mind and believe in yourself each step of the way.
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