A video popped up on my feed the other day and in it the speaker posed the following questions:

“What bad mental habits are holding you back?”

“What unhealthy beliefs are keeping you from being as strong as you could be. And what’s one small step you could take today, right now?”

One of my goals when I take someone through a transformation, is to make them understand that habits beat good intentions EVERY TIME! Now remember, habits are both physical and mental.

Mental bad habits can be things like:

  • Comparing yourself to others.
  • Thinking the world is against you.
  • Resenting someone’s success.
  • Putting yourself down.

I’m sure you can think of others.

Mental Strength is a lot Like Physical Strength

It's important to pay attention to these weaknesses, otherwise in the end it will not matter how strong or fit you get; it will never be enough and you will never be happy.

Just like working out in the gym, it starts with one small change. Find what you think is a bad mental habit and focus on just that one. You will often find that it will take time, but once you get that first one of the way, the others become easier and easier.

Now I’m not talking about ‘easier’ as in it’s easier to do. No! I’m talking about ‘easier’ as in you get better at it.

Confidence is what we're aiming for. Confidence in your ability to be able to deal with discomfort. Certain emotions are uncomfortable: sadness, frustration, anger, being upset. Learn to accept these emotions and deal with them, instead of defaulting to comparing yourself to others, or feeling the world is against you.

This is what becoming mentally strong is all about - where you learn to feel emotion but deal with it in a healthy way.

What’s the other option?

Often our bad mental habits promote stress, and stress is something we want to avoid, especially if you are trying to lose weight!

Did you know that the hormone released into the body when we are stressed works against weight loss?

Yes – it makes it harder and even holds you back. And what I was reminded of this week is, frustration, anger and annoyance are pretty much the same thing as stress.

So comparing yourself to others, resenting the girl on Facebook who has lost more weight than you, having a pity party because it's just not happening fast enough - these are all things that will hold you back! 

So, this week I want you to think about the questions:

“What bad mental habits are holding you back?”

“What unhealthy beliefs are keeping you from being as strong as you could be. And what’s one small step you could take today, right now?”

If you really want to kick this into gear, then I suggest you grab an accountability partner and tell them the answers. Or what about posting your answers in the Private Eternally Fit Community Facebook? Either way, sharing your answers goes a long way to helping you to become mentally strong.

Stay Strong - Stay Healthy - Stay Happy