Because we’re feeling wild and crazy, we decided to really let our hair down and choose this article based on La Jolla Sports Club Personal Trainer, Meditation instructor and all-around great guy, Bram, flipping a magazine to choose the topic. Call TMZ.
Last week, in our #Marchmallow post, we talked about the benefits to a plateau and what to do when your motivation stalls. Bram’s flip was pretty right on as a continuing piece, as this week is all about mindset training.
We’ve all been in a situation where we shoot ourselves down before we even give ourselves a chance. Michael Mantell, PhD, director of behavior science coaching at a gym here in San Diego, helped turn around a client’s life by ‘recognizing, rejecting and replacing his negative mindset with the help of a simple question: “Is what you are believing true?”‘
Mindsets shape how we view the world, which is why the time-worn cliché of the glass of water still exists. Two people can look at the exact same thing and come to two different conclusions, sometimes wildly so. Science–SCIENCE!–has identified two distinct mindsets: promotion and prevention.
- Focus on ideals and gains associated with living a healthier lifestyle
- Encourages behaviors to achieve goals
- More motivated by success feedback
- Better for accomplishing short-term goals
- Focus on avoidance as a means to achieve goal
- More motivated by failure feedback (i.e. not wanting to lose focus, thereby strengthening their commitment)
- Better for maintaining goals over a period of time
So, which one are you? Today, that is… Science (!) has also found that these mindsets are not set in stone and can vary, sometimes within the same situation. For example, say Bram wants to eat healthier, he’ll activate the promotional mindset at the start, but will utilize the prevention mindset to maintain his gains long-term.
Growth vs Fixed Mindsets
If you’re reading this and you’re all like, Well, yeah, that sounds about right, you are most likely of a ‘growth mindset.’ People with a growth mindset will view scenarios as changeable, whereas ‘fixed mindsets’ see them as unchangeable.
This is a very important distinction when striving for goals (whatever they might be), as a growth mindset allows that behavior caused the problem, so behavior can also be used to successfully change for the better. People with fixed mindsets, however, believe that a situation is beyond their control no matter what they do, and are therefore less likely to make any progress.
If you’ve had a rough time tackling goals, take a step back and think about the approach. Would prevention work better for this scenario, etc? Knowing who you are will help dictate your success and motivation.
And if negative thoughts start to take over, stop them in their tracks and remember: ‘Is what you are believing true?‘
How have you overcome negative thinking? Have you been able to shift from a fixed to growth mindset? Have you tried Bram’s meditation class to refocus? Leave a comment below!
A huge thanks to IDEA for the inspirado for this article. That’s it for this post, check back in next week where we’ll get sooooooooooo much wilder and crazier by selecting our article using a pack of cards. #Marchmallowmadness
// Your La Jolla Sports Club team