I hope you all have had a nice weekend! I know many of you have been on Spring Break and I hope your adventures were the kind that create lasting memories for years to come! I took three of my kids to Santa Cruz for a few days (the 4th was on his 8th grade trip to Washington, DC). The highlight for me was definitely taking surfing lessons with my kids. I have wanted to learn how to surf for so long, but always shrugged off my opportunities because the water was too cold, or the conditions were not right for me. But the truth is that I have always been a little scared. I am sure some it comes from the irrational scars left on my subconscious from watching way too many “Jaws” movies, but I have not taken any action to try and change the thoughts. But, this was my chance and I decided that I would not let any fear creep into my thoughts that day, I was going to seize the moment and go for it! I have to admit, it was one of the most fun days I have had in a long time and I cannot wait to go again!
Continuing to expand on the takeaways I started a few weeks ago from the Equinox High Performance Living Symposium in NYC, number three was, “your mindset or biology of beliefs controls your actions. Set your expectations according to what you want.” (Sound familiar with my surfing story??)
I have written about this many times before. Whether you are looking at your biology of beliefs about your appearance, your competencies, your abilities to make your dreams come true, your confidence in yourself and others, remember, the more you repeat it, the more it gets lodged in your subconscious. First you need to identify the beliefs that are holding you back, then make a conscious effort to change them. Offer yourself alternatives, the same alternatives you might give to a friend or family member. Remember, ALWAYS treat yourself like someone you love.
If you want to read more about mindset and how it impacts your life, two books I can recommend are Bruce Lipton’s “The Biology of Belief” which goes into how our beliefs impact our health on a cellular level (epigenetics), and Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” which is more on the fixed vs growth mindset paradigm and how to cultivate a growth mindset.
We are finally back to a FULL schedule this week – WOOT WOOT! All classes are a go and I sure hope to see you there!! The countdown to Summer is on and let’s all enter Summer looking and feeling our very best! You never know what adventures await, better be ready!
Don’t forget to sign your teen up for my summer conditioning camps! You can sign up at http://stellafit.com/
Stella Bergan, MEd, NASM CPT
Health and Human Performance Coach