Mindset Matters: Change Your Thinking, Change YOur Life

Curtshandra J. Duplechain Oklahoma Mountains

“You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset. ”

-Hazel Ozbek


Have you ever heard someone say the phrase, “Mindset matters?” I’ve heard it plenty of times, through my fitness journey and it has proven to be true. Your mindset truly does matter. What you think and believe, you will achieve. So why not think and believe for great things to happen?

This year I made it my goal to dream big my life and expect for great things to happen this year. I have seen so many of the great things that I expected to see. From visiting four new states with one more to go in order to reach my travel goal to crushing my weight loss goal for the year. That didn’t start with me just writing it out, it started with me visualizing and believing that I could do what I put my mind to. I had to first prepare my mind to think and believe that I could achieve those things. Once I believed it, I made it a goal to work towards it everyday.

One thing I have been learning through my fitness journey is that your mindset will take you far. I had a workout this weekend that involved deadlifting heavy weight. When I first looked at the bar and how much weight was on it I started to doubt that I could lift it because it just looked so heavy. This made me realize that everything is not always what it seems. Just because something looks impossible doesn’t mean it impossible. I had to shift my mindset to believe that I could, and try. So I walked up to the the barbell, prepared my mind by telling myself, “I got this,” and to my surprise I did have it. I realized that I was a lot stronger than what I gave myself credit for. You never know what you could achieve until you try it and believe.

Life tends to be a lot like my weight lifting experience. You sometimes see situations that look impossible in the natural, but like Smith Wigglesworth said, “You can’t be moved by what you see, be moved by what you believe.” He was speaking in terms of having faith in God, which is so important in everyday life. But also having faith and believing in your ability to do and use what He has placed inside of you to accomplish the things you desire. Mindset really makes a difference. I have learned to challenge myself to think differently about situations that seem impossible by being optimistic and just trying.

These are some things I have learned about how to shift your mindset to believe you can achieve something:

1.) Focus on your “why”

Always remember the purpose behind what you are doing and reflect on it often. Use that as motivation to keep pushing forward.

2.) Keep the goal in front of you

Always remember the goal you want to achieve. For example, If someone brought a brand new car and told you that in order to get the new car you have to show up to work everyday for a year. You will make sure to do whatever is in your power to show up everyday so that you can receive that new car. That’s what keeping the goal in front of you does it shifts your mindset to get the job done.

3.) Focus on the facts and not your feelings

Feelings can often be misleading so it’s important to focus on that facts as you are moving towards your goals. For example, I have been weight lifting for almost a year now so the fact is I am a lot stronger than I use to be. I may look at some weights and feel like it’s too heavy, instead of focusing on how I feel I should just try anyway and remember that I have been preparing for it.

“Change your thinking change your life.” Don’t be afraid to shift your mindset. When you feel like something is impossible I want to challenge you to begin to think about the situation differently. Focus on what you can control and be optimistic and positive that you will see the results your desire. You can truly achieve what you put your mind to if you focus on your why, remember the goal and focus on the facts. Go after the things you want. It’s never too late to start again. Thank you so much for reading. If this encouraged you comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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