Our inner voice is a very powerful thing. It drives our mood and feelings, and it can determine whether we will be successful in our health and fitness journey.
I'd like you to take a few minutes to do an inner voice audit. Answer the following questions (you may want a pen and pad to write down a few notes):
- Think about your current health or fitness. What words come to mind?
- What are your health and fitness expectations in one, three, and ten years?
- When you slip up, what is your tendancy? Do you stay focused on that or do you look to move on?
Now take a few minutes to think about this. Would you use the same words to address someone you love?
The good news: you can change your inner voice.
I'm currently reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD. Yes, I actually read more than just health, fitness, and weight loss books. This best-selling book has been out for a while and has gotten a ton of praise in the business and education fields. That said, I think there are some very practical applications for someone on a health and fitness journey. I'll include a link to the book at the end of this post.
In the book, Dr. Dweck explains that mindset typically takes one of two natures:
- Fixed Mindset – People with this mindset believe that we are who we are and cannot change. They believe intelligence is fixed and cannot be improved with effort. They believe we are who we are and cannot change our behavior, habits and thoughts. When they fail at something, tend to stick with things they're good at and avoid the challenge.
- Growth Mindset – People with this mindset believe that we can change and improve. They believe intelligence can be improved with effort. They believe we can change and become better people. When they fail, the see it as an opportunity to learn and improve and relish the challenge.
Maybe you feel you have a little bit of both. Or maybe you think intelligence can be improved but we can't change who we inherently are deep inside. That's okay. Rather you're squarely in one or the other, or have some of both, you can move into a growth mindset, which in the end is the inner voice you need.
How do I change my inner voice?
You can improve your inner voice with a few practices:
- A proof-based mantra – I know I will be healthier because…
- Immediate return to plan
So, is your inner voice a nice person?
If isn't, now you know you can fix that.