Think about the group of people that you spend the most time around. Who are they? Some of the most common are co-workers, family & friends. What kind of effect are they having on your life, and more importantly – your mindset?
I bring this up because Erin and I just left a conference in Nashville, TN, such a cool city. The Music City Center in downtown is a great venue for a large event. If you’ve never been to Nashville I recommend it. If you don’t mind the warmth and party atmosphere it’s a great place to experience live music, happy people and Nashville hot chicken.
The event was filled with motivating presentations, informational talks, a great expo center with lots of products and goodies, all the things you would expect. But, that’s not what stood out to me. What stood out the most was the atmosphere, the entire vibe of the event. Everyone who came wanted to learn, support one another, make an impact, grow, and everyone was positive. There were people from all social settings… Rich people, poor people, people in the middle. Teachers, nurses, doctors, office workers, you name it. But the one thing that everyone had in common was that growth mindset and desire for self-development. These are my kind of people!
This is an extremely important topic when we start talking about improving your health and wellness. Whether it be a weight loss journey, training for a fitness competition or even just wanting to start eating better so that you can feel better. You are going to be doing something that is outside the norm, which is going to lead to resistance from a number of people. Some of those might be the ones you thought about above when you started reading this blog. We’ve all probably had this happen to us before. We have an idea of something that we really want to do, or that we think is going to be a good thing… And then someone shoots it down, perhaps someone that we are really close to and value his or her opinion. After that you might feel disappointed, or at least begin to second-guess your idea. It happens all the time, especially when people are on a weight loss journey. If negative people who don’t support your goals surround you you’re going to have a harder time achieving them. Period.
Read "Five Habits of Healthy People."
They say that we are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with. Think about who those people are. Do you want to be surrounded by pessimists or optimists? Someone who supports you and lives the same lifestyle, or someone who does the opposite? Make the decision to put yourself in the right environment to succeed and watch what happens. Your mindset will change and the belief about what you can achieve will change with it.