Topic: Your Mind.
You’ve heard it before and now you’re going to hear it again. Mindset is key to anything. But why?
Mindset is the catalyst for success or failure, especially when it comes to staying committed, consistent and believing in a process, or even believing in ourselves.
Mindset, in short, is a set of beliefs or thoughts that can, in total, be summarized by saying the following about ourselves: “I can do this” or “I can’t do this.” It is your belief set about yourself and it’s what helps you or hinders you. This could be how you view your intelligence all the way to how you view and what you believe about your body. By identifying that you are indeed worth it, you are now able to really dive in and work on resetting your mindset.
Did you know your mind determines everything? It’s your brain that tells you to get up and workout and to stop eating when you aren’t hungry. It’s your brain that tells you that you can do this or you can’t do this.
But did you know that you have the ability to control your brain? God gave you the ability to change your mindset.
Have you ever heard the term “you are what you eat?” Well, today I want you to know that you are what you believe you are.
The most successful people all have something in common - they visualized and believed they could get to where they wanted to go. They imagined that they would be successful, no matter what area of life.
Your mindset is a lot more powerful than you give it credit for being. Our frame of mind can work for us and against us. In the same way a positive mindset can help us in life, a negative frame of mind can also be detrimental to us. When we focus on the negative we will struggle. It’s the “garbage in, garbage out” concept. What we put in our mind has the ability to impact how we live and the kind of results we achieve or fall short on. This is why it’s so so important to have positive voices in our lives and in our minds to help us fill up on good and affirming things that will be a catalyst for a “can do” attitude.
One of the biggest things on your health and fitness journey, whether you are trying to lose weight or not, is shifting your mindset. We can’t change our outside without changing our inside.
We can’t change our outside without changing our inside
I love the concept of the “Ten Principles to Change Your Brain and Your Body” by Dr. Daniel G. Amen in his book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He states those ten principles are:
- Your brain is involved in everything you do.
- When your brain works right, your body looks and feels better. When your brain is troubled, you have trouble with how you look and feel.
- The brain is the most complex organ in the universe. Respect it.
- Your brain is very soft and housed in a really hard skull. Protect it.
- The brain has only so much reserve. The more reserve you have, the healthier you are. The less reserve, the more vulnerable you are.
- Specific parts of your brain are involved in certain behaviors. Trouble in specific parts of your brain tends to cause certain behavior problems. Understanding your brain can help you optimize it.
- Many things hurt the brain and make it harder for you to get the body you’ve always wanted. Many things help the brain and make it easier to get and keep a body you love.
- Brain imaging gives great insight into healing the brain so you can have a better body.
- One prescription does not work for everyone - we are all unique, and you need to understand how your own personal brain functions.
- Yes, you can change your brain and body!
I just love everything about this because it is TRUE my friends. Your brain (MINDSET) can control whether you can reach your goals. A healthier mindset will make it so much easier for you to reach your wellness goals. Never underestimate the power of thought. Everything we do in life starts with ONE thought. Your mind is a powerful thing.
The first thing to do in the attempts to change your mindset is recognize that your mind has a lot of control over you.
Now I want you to print out worksheet 2:1 and complete it.
What does God say about our mind?
Well, in Romans 12:2 it states, “and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
And again, in 1 Peter 1:13, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Sometimes things that happen in our minds are not reality. And sometimes thoughts will sneak into our minds that are not our own and you must know that you do NOT have to claim these thoughts. Satan will try to get his way in our minds and will try to make us believe something that is not true of us. Now your job is going to have to be to recognize this and take those thoughts captive, giving them to Jesus.
A popular therapy called “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” is influenced by the belief that thoughts influence feelings which then influence behavior. So basically, you start to behave and feel as if those negative self thoughts are true. So these negative thoughts end up being father to our actions and then what we “think” turns into how we behave, how we respond and how we live out our lives.
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So let me ask you, what do you believe to be true about you? What do you think about yourself? Is it positive? Or is it negative? You may tell yourself you are not beautiful, you are not loved, you are not worth it, you are not cared for, but God has never once said that about you. He made you in HIS image, friend. Now it’s time to believe that and live out that truth in your life.
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Back to 1 Peter 1:13, which says to “prepare your mind for action.” This life is a battlefield and you must protect your mind at all costs from the enemy and from the lies of Satan. Whatever is going on in your mind is not truth. So WHAT is truth? Who you are in Christ is truth! When those fleeting negative thoughts come into our minds, we must take hold of those thoughts and not accept them as our own. God wants us to be the best version of ourselves that he created us to be. If you find negative talk going through your mind, this is false and not from God. Those thoughts that are moving you into a better version of yourself - those are from God! Find yourself being more aware of these thoughts and where they come from. Those negative thoughts... push them away.
The battle starts in our mind.
And the hardest part of the battle is releasing your negative thoughts and not claiming them as truth. The battle is releasing that of which you THINK defines you, that of which you THINK and believe to be true about you, and releasing that of which you THINK controls you.
So how do you know if something is true? Being in God’s word and letting your mind interact with scripture will tell you if it’s true or not. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, we read, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to the obedience of Christ.” So are you taking every thought captive? Or are you accepting those thoughts as true? I urge you to take time out each day and throughout your day to pray and focus your thoughts on God. Talk to Him and put Him in your mind so that He will guard it and you will stop believing the lie that you are not worthy and that you cannot do this.
I will leave you with this today,
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1
As we go through this journey together, my prayer for you is that you would let go of those negative thoughts, stop the negative self talk, and release it all so that you may start believing that your health is worth it. A negative mindset and negative self talk is detrimental in your weight loss journey and can set you back. So take some time today to start creating a new habit and creating new neuro-pathways of thinking. This takes time and requires work, but I can promise you, in the end, it will be worth the journey.
So now let’s dive in to some tools you can use to change your mindset around your health.
Now take some time with worksheet 2:2 and really dive in to your negative thoughts.