There’s no other way to say it—mindset is everything.
And yet, when it comes to getting healthy or reaching your weight loss goals, we too often just try to focus on the PHYSICAL stuff right–eating the right foods, getting enough exercise, cutting the calories and tracking our steps and drinking all the water.
And then we wonder why so often, we fail.
But the reality is that your mindset is ultimately what will determine whether you are successful on this journey. It is the only thing. How you THINK about what you’re doing and what you’re eating and how you feel, and how you allow your THOUGHTS to play out will ultimately be the thing that makes all the difference.
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And obviously that doesn’t mean we never talk about the food or what to eat and what not to eat, or the science behind our philosophy and how that all works from a very practical and logistical standpoint. Obviously we do, and there are plenty of articles here on this site that talk about the nitty gritty details.
But in the end, it will always come down to your thoughts and to your mindset.
What is an Abundance Mindset?
So what exactly IS an Abundance Mindset?
Well, to put it simply, it’s an outlook or perspective on life that focuses on the idea that there is always enough–enough love, enough joy, enough resources–for everyone. It’s the belief that there is always more than enough to go around.
It means believing in yourself and your ability to create the life you want. It means trusting that you have everything you need within you to achieve your goals and dreams, and that any setbacks or challenges are just temporary roadblocks on your journey to success.
And specifically when it comes to health and weight loss, having an abundance mindset means understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and that what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. It means letting go of the all-or-nothing, black and white thinking that so often trips us up–the idea that if we can’t do it perfectly, or if we mess up, we should just quit or not do it at all.
So what’s the opposite of this? A scarcity mindset, where we believe that there is only a limited amount of success and happiness to go around, and that if someone else achieves it, then there’s less for us. It’s the “not enough” mentality–not smart enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough.
And when it comes to health and weight loss, your scarcity mindset keeps you focused on everything you’re NOT getting, right? Not enough treats, not enough carbs or fats, not enough fun and enjoyment. It creates a constant feeling of deprivation and restriction that’s nearly impossible to sustain long-term.
But when you shift your mindset from scarcity to abundance, everything changes. Suddenly, instead of focusing on what you’re NOT getting, you start to appreciate and be grateful for all the things you DO have. You start to see opportunities and possibilities instead of limitations and roadblocks.
Suffice to say, your mindset is everything.
How to cultivate an abundance mindset in your life
So what then? How do you actually develop a better mindset and cultivate this idea of more abundance in your life? How do you step out of that scarcity mentality and into abundance? What are the actual practical things you can do?
Because it’s hard to change your thoughts sometimes, especially when you’re stressed and overwhelmed. But you have to try. Because you actually have a lot more control over how you think than we often realize.
So here are a few practical ways to start cultivating an abundance mindset:
The first is to start actively practicing gratitude in your life. And this is critically important, because we tend to see the things we allow ourselves to see. And so, if we keep telling ourselves the world is bad and everything sucks and people are jerks and getting healthy means missing out on everything good in the world, then that is exactly what we will see. All the time. We’ll only get confirmation of the bad things, because that’s what we’re open to receiving.
But when you start intentionally practicing gratitude for everything around you, it changes everything! It makes you open to all the ways the universe is actually working in your favor. It makes you open to the miracles that are happening every day, all around you.
So practice gratitude. Make it a habit. Take some time each day to intentionally think about and write down things you are grateful for. And I promise it will have a powerful impact on your life, and help shift your focus from what you lack to what you have.
Celebrate small wins
Along those same lines, the next way you can cultivate abundance in your life is to celebrate your small wins. And this is especially huge when you’re on a journey to lose weight and get healthy, and it sometimes feels like it’s going SO SLOW, right?
But instead of waiting for a big success, or some magic number on the scale, celebrate the small victories along the way. Focus on the non-scale victories. The little things. And write them down. Every day. Overtime, this will help you see progress and feel more confident in your abilities, and open you up to how much progress you’re making.
Surround yourself with positivity
The next thing you gotta do is actually intentionally surround yourself with positivity. And I can’t say enough about this either. Because ultimately, garbage in, garbage out, right? If you’re around negative people and negative energy all the time, that’s what you’ll start to pick up on. If what you’re consuming online is negative and nasty, that’s what’s filling your head. So take a break from it. Take a break from all the bad news. Take a break from the people who bring you down.
And instead, seek out a constant flow of POSITIVE energy in your life. Spend time with people who have an abundance mindset. Spend time with people who cheer you on and lift you up and encourage you to be your best self. Spend time with people who refuse to focus on the bad. And not only that, fill your head with good stuff. Listen to podcasts that energize and inspire you, or audio books that motivate you. Create a constant flow of positivity, and it will flow out of you.
And finally, it’s important to actually visualize success. Our thoughts have so much power over us, and when we can actually allow ourselves to SEE in our mind the future that we want, it changes things.
I actually just had this conversation with my daughter yesterday while we were driving to school, as she was getting ready for her cheerleader tryout. And I told her, “all day today you need to visualize yourself doing the routine, and doing it exactly the way you want to, because your thoughts are powerful.” I don’t know if she actually listened, and as of this recording I don’t know if she made the team, but it doesn’t change the fact that our thoughts are powerful.
So imagine yourself achieving your goals and living your best life. Picture in your mind what you actually want, and visualize yourself having those things.
I promise it will keep you motivated.
It may not be easy to change your mindset, but it is always worth the effort. An abundance mindset can transform your life in ways you never thought possible. By shifting your focus from scarcity to abundance, you open yourself up to opportunities and experiences that align with your goals and dreams.
So don’t let fear or negative thinking hold you back. Embrace an abundant mindset and watch as new possibilities unfold before you. Remember, your mindset is the foundation for everything in your life. So why not choose to cultivate one that empowers you and brings out your full potential? Start today and see where it takes you!