You may have heard us talking about our Mindset Academy that we have launched for our members, but what exactly do we mean by mindset and why do we feel it’s so important for our members to engage in?
We look at health and wellbeing as having 3 key pillars; exercise/fitness, nutrition, and the most overlooked aspect, mindset. Because without the right mindset towards the other 2 pillars, it makes things a whole lot tougher to accomplish anything.
“The established set of attitudes held by someone” is the dictionary definition of mindset. However, I think the definition above sums it up pretty well, too. It is a way of thinking that affects our outlook on life and how we approach both the good times and the tough times. Quite relevant given the current circumstances, we believe.
It’s not just the current situation that we are doing this for, however. How we approach health, fitness and indeed life has the most significant role to play in our success. We set up our academy to give members a platform to learn, discuss and develop a mindset to improve in every aspect of life. All we ask of them is to have an open mind and start thinking more in depth about how making subtle differences in their mental approach can help them develop a more positive, productive mindset.
We have split our academy into 6 modules, and we deliver one module per week to allow our members to take it in and provide them with a workbook for each module to go through. These aren’t just 1-hour lectures, we want everybody to engage and share their thoughts. It’s also not a quick fix, it’s a work in progress. We are laying down foundations for members to build on, week in, week out.
We are 4 modules into our 6-module programme, and we have all learnt so much already. The 6 modules are as follows:
- Goal Setting
- The Power of Achievement
Where else would you start when it comes to mindset! Talked about as the most important aspect of development and progress. After all, how do you know you’re progressing unless you have a goal or target to measure against?
In this module, we give our members an insight into how to set realistic personal goals and making a plan to achieve them. After all, a goal without a plan is just a dream…
The most powerful tool in our goal setting armoury is the WOOP model. This is all about planning ahead and being prepared for obstacles in our way before we face them. We then get thinking about what type of obstacles we face when reaching our goals and how to deal with them. These can be external, internal or intimate opponents, but are quite often opponents we haven’t even thought about. Falling at the first hurdle or obstacle can now be a thing of the past!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
Greek philosopher Aristotle sums up how we view habits perfectly. Habits are defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice”. We encourage our members not to view them as good or bad habits, but just as tendencies we have picked up over the years.
The act of just making a list of our habits is a great way to become more aware of what we are doing, and how each habit is helping or hindering our progress. Then from there it is about taking one habit at a time that you want to start or stop and putting it into action.
When changing a habit, we discuss it feeling unbearable to begin with, it then moves into a phase of feeling uncomfortable, until it is then ingrained into us and we end up doing it subconsciously. At that point it then becomes unstoppable.
A controversial subject amongst our coaches, who share their views on what willpower means to them. “Your ability to get yourself to act even when you don’t feel like it” is how we define willpower, which sums it up well.
In this topic we discuss how our willpower can be affected both internally and externally through our environment and our attitude. Our willpower is finite, there are things that drain it, such as our lifestyle. It is entirely up to us to ensure we charge our willpower every day and avoid the things that drain our willpower battery.
A great tool for “getting yourself to act even when you don’t feel like it” is Mel Robbins’ 5 second rule. We speak about how this can help in day to day circumstances to improve our willpower and self-control.
An intriguing topic to say the least. When it comes to self-belief, we have to address the opposite – self-doubt. Our coaches share their stories on the topic, along with the impact it can have on our willpower, goals and habits.
“A belief is an acceptance something exists or is true” – our beliefs are very personal to us, and belief in our own abilities have a huge impact on how we perform and progress. Acceptance that self-doubt will always creep in, but managing that doubt to ensure our self-belief will always prevail is key. We can improve our self-belief by our actions day in, day out. If these actions help to strengthen what we believe, then our self-belief will be stronger and more sustainable.
More than just a buzzword. The coaches discuss how we have evolved into “settlers”, and we strive for pleasure, not pain. We are not motivated to do things that bring us pain, naturally.
In this module we revisit Mel Robbins’ 5-second rule to build a necessity to act, and look into the maths involved in motivation. Yes that’s right there is a motivation equation!
Finding what motivates you and gets you to act is vital. This is your ikigai (your purpose, or being). So let’s find what your ikigai is.
THE POWER OF ACHIEVEMENT
The final module in our mindset academy, and the true driving force behind why we act. Because nothing feels better than achievement, right?! Whatever your struggles and obstacles, or the pain and sacrifice, it all becomes worth it when you achieve what you set out to achieve.
We bring all of our mindset modules together to discuss the whole picture. Goal setting is vital when it comes to our habits, willpower, self-belief and motivation, and the same can be said for each and every one.
MODULES COMPLETE – WHAT NEXT?
Improving our mindset is an ongoing process and should never be neglected. This course provides the foundations to push on. But our mindset should be worked on, just like we would with our bodies. Once we have learnt how to squat, do we stop squatting? The same should be applied with our mindset.
We provide ongoing support to our members to keep improving their mindset. There will be bumps in the road, but this course sets our members on the right path to keep improving and progressing in health, fitness, business, relationships, anything they wish to apply it to.
If you feel learning more about how mindset can help you or your team develop, then please get in touch. We would love to help!