My 16-month mark falls on the Labor Day holiday and I am inspired to explore the meaning of the word labor and how it is connected to my journey. As a verb, labor means to work hard; make great effort. Synonyms for labor are grind away, struggle, strive, exert oneself. I would say that labor is the perfect word to describe actions needed to build a strong mindset. Laboring on mindset, working hard on what I believe it takes to achieve my goals has been a game changer. Mindset, I am continuing to learn, is the cornerstone of my journey.
In the past having experienced a plateau in scale weight loss may have resulted in derailment or quitting. However, doing the work to build a fortified mindset enables me to see the opportunities that exist beyond a simple measurement from a scale. My mindset is focused on what is possible rather than what obstacles are in front of me. What can I do? What can I do differently? What can I learn from this? What are my next steps? How do I keep moving forward?
The bedrock of my mindset is found in the name of my blog – Obtain and Maintain. If I never lose another pound, I have learned that maintaining what I have achieved thus far is the real task at hand and what my journey is about – going forward and not backwards. Beyond this, having the right mindset includes recognizing non-scale victories, practicing new habits (that crowd out and eliminate old ones), practicing gratitude and being willing to do the work every single day.
I think of the hashtags that I use on Instagram as mindset soundbites: #actionoverintent, #bringyourbesteffort, #embracethechallenge, #gratitudeisthebestattitude and a number of others. I keep a list of hashtags in a note for reference which helps me focus on the aspects of my mindset that I may need to push myself on or that I am really feeling on any day. Posting at least one quote sets the tone for each day and has been a great tool for motivation.
Mindset? Push yourself. No one is going to do it for you.
More to come…..