The more you look around, the more you see that so many elements of life are types and shadows of each other.
Our inner and outer selves are a great example of this.
How Changing the Outer Self Teaches Us How to Change the Inner Self
One of the things I love about exercise and fitness is it is one of the clearest ways to see how inputs change outputs.
Take resistance training, for example.
If you do a certain number of squats every day, stick to that plan, and increase the number and/or weight incrementally as you get stronger, you will see a noticeable change.
Over time, you will see definitive changes in the size and shape of your legs and abdomen.
You will see with your own eyes that a change in your input (adding a consistent exercise routine) resulted in a clear change in your output (more shapely body).
You will also feel positive changes mentally, but that is a story for a different day.
The Equation is Simple
New and consistent inputs (a regular squat program over time) result in observable changes in output (shape and strength).
We typically grasp this easily because it’s simple. We can see it with our own eyes.
It’s one of the reasons why I love resistance training so much for everyone. Its visible results provide its own built-in motivation to keep going, all those days you don’t feel like it.
Here’s the good news for your mindset:
Your mindset also responds to inputs.
Input positive thoughts and imagery, experience positive feelings, act on positive feelings, experience positive results.
Input negative thoughts and imagery, experience negative feelings, act on negative feelings, experience negative results.
Just as when we make active inputs to our physical bodies (exercise) and see positive results, we can also make active inputs to our minds (choosing our thoughts) and see positive results.
This is why mindset work is vital.
Think of it as exercise for your mentality. Exercise for your beliefs.
This exercise will yield results, and those results will be observable by you and those around you.
And just like physical exercise where, if you ignore it, your body will slowly weaken over time, the same goes for mental exercise.
The only difference is, the weakening of your mindset is much more devastating.
It dictates everything else in your life.
The good news is, exercising your mindset is all in your hands.
It just takes adjusting your inputs.
Being mindful of them.
The more you do so, the more your results will grow.
One of my favorite mindset practices to boost my outputs is gratitude.
Practicing gratitude helps me to see the best in myself and my life, even in unexpected ways.
It also helps me to grab hold of the great things I want in my life but do not have yet.
It helps me rewire my mind, thoughts, and belief so I can live my best life possible.
It is also ridiculously easy.
That is why I write about it so much on this website and it is also why I’ve created a daily gratitude journal.
It’s very inexpensive at only $6.99, so I would love it if you checked it out for yourself. Click the image below this article.
Share the link with a friend too if you think it might help them.
We are in control of our thoughts and beliefs and the results we achieve.
So let’s make the best of them!