August 18, 2009

Getting Your Mind Right

Over the past 18 years I have helped thousands of my clients transform
their bodies.

Here is what I’ve discovered

In my opinion our mind is the most important factor when it comes
to getting in shape or achieving any goal for that matter.

Now, there are thousands of books out there about new ways to exercise and I am not even going to start about books on diet. It seems like everybody and their mother has a diet book.

But then that got me thinking; what other aspects of our lives are controlled by our mind?

The answer: EVERYTHING!


If you tell yourself you will always “struggle” with weight loss, you will. You’re right.

If you believe you are “too busy” to exercise and things aren’t going to change. You won’t make the time – you WILL be too busy.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” Zig Ziglar

How can we make that adjustment – what we call “the mindset shift?” We need this to be successful on all levels: personal, financial, physical, mental, etc.

At Fitness Concepts, we refrain from using words such as “I hope,” “I can’t,” “I wish I could.” There is nothing positive about these statements.

Think about your own life. A UCLA (Boo I am a Penn State and USC fan) study showed that kids heard the word “no” over FOUR HUNDRED times each day.

Think that influences their thoughts? Of course.

For instance, when things go wrong, instead of criticizing yourself, work on focusing on the positive, your strengths, and talents.

Try reframing your thoughts:

Instead of: “I can’t be successful at weight loss, I have tried so many times in the past-I just wish I looked like my friends.”

Try: “I am in complete control of my body and fueling it with the most nutritious foods that will allow me to feel even better and lose fat.”

Imagine thinking THAT each morning vs. the first statement!

We simply need a mindset shift.

Our minds play funny games and it’s often because of the continual negative messages we hear and the blame we put on others. But in reality, no one can “fix” you, but you.

But just like you are in control of the foods you put into your body, to fuel your muscles, cells, etc, think of the messages you read and hear as fuel for your brain.

Your brain needs the right fuel too.

Feed it junk, and you’ll have junky thoughts. Die fat or get tough by Steve Siebold is the best books out there for helping with that mindset shift.

Leave me a comment and let me know what do you feed your brain. I am always looking for ways to learn from others. Also if you like this post share it with your Facebook friends simply by clicking on the Facebook emblem below.

 

 

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August 18, 2009

Delphina Hooks @ 9:45 am

Sam this is so true… this is why I “stay” away from negative people and “drama”… I have enough to concentrate on…lol
And this is why I’ve finally decided to only put healthy food in my body and to exercise daily…
thanks for all the support you and your team at Fitness Concepts gives us
Delphina 🙂

Dr. Saman @ 9:59 am

You are very welcome Delphina. We love you and Andre here.

Cheryl @ 10:20 am

You are SOOO right, Sam. We all need to shift our minds in a positive perspective. I use to be guilty of wishing I looked like a certain model or fitness pro, but now I just want to be the best that I can be (thanks to you and your team!) I LOVE the healthy food I eat and working out everyday. Besides it takes too much work to be negative. Being positive and uplifted is WAY more enjoyable – and you’d be surprised how much quicker you get to your goals that way!! Thanks for everything you do Sam, and keep sharing that positive energy 🙂

Dr. Saman @ 10:25 am

Cheryl, you are a prime example of someone who always has a positive outlook on life. Thank you for bringing that with you to Fitness Concepts. You make our jobs more enjoyable.

August 19, 2009

Jeff @ 12:59 pm

Sam,
Great stuff! I read secrets of the millionaire mind and thought someone should write a book about “secrets of the Fit Person’s mind”. If you haven’t already you should definitely write that e-book on Die Fat or get tough! Keep up the great work!

Dr. Saman @ 3:19 pm

What a great idea Jeff. I think it would do great.

October 13, 2009

Demetra Coulter @ 12:11 pm

You are so right Dr. Saman. Personally, I encourage myself. And I give thanks to the Lord Almighty everyday for giving me the strength and will to go up Mt. Rubidoux everyday. And steering clear of negative people helps too. Cause the Bible say that “evil communications corrupts good manners.” Thanks!