When it Comes to Health, Change Your Mindset to Change Your Behavior

When it Comes to Health, Change Your Mindset to Change Your Behavior

In order to make effective long-term changes in your health and wellness, it is important to evaluate how easily your thinking can lead to self-sabotage.  As entrepreneurs, you need to embrace the power of thinking positively so the negative patterns do not come into play as you commit to forward thinking this year. Try to unlock the positive messages you send yourself in the business realm and transfer them into other areas of your life, such as health and wellness. It is essential to show yourself compassion and let go of negative thoughts.

The following are examples of sabotaging thoughts that fast-paced individuals commonly make: “I don’t have enough time,” “I travel all the time for work,” “I have to entertain clients and eat out all the time,” or, “Watching what I eat is impossible.”  Do any of these statements sound familiar?  While all of them might be true, they are thoughts that stand in the way of us taking action. As a result of this type of thinking, losing weight can be very challenging.  Instead of thinking you can’t do something, try thinking the total opposite and telling yourself, “I can!”

Sometimes, it is helpful to conjure up a previous success in another area of your life, then take that attitude and apply it to eating and exercise.  It is important to try to stop yourself when you find yourself engaging in negative thinking and be more flexible and compassionate towards yourself.  It would feel much better to say, “I am really busy, but I can take some of my calls by cell phone and walk around,” or,“I do eat out a lot with my clients for business, but that does not mean I have to eat large portions or make unhealthy choices.” Thinking with less rigidity and judgment will allow you to move forward and make positive changes.

How do you change your thinking?

  1. Increase your overall awareness, and recognize when you are having these thoughts.  In essence, you want to practice mindfulness and pay attention to what you are thinking and saying to yourself.  It is crucial that you learn to recognize your inner critic without acting on it.  If you are being mindful, then you are being aware.
  2. Challenge these negative thoughts.
  3. Replace the negative thoughts with reasonable alternatives that are practical and realistic.  The following is an example of how you can alter your thinking and as a result, alter your fate:

Thought:  “I ate something I shouldn’t have. I might as well just start trying again tomorrow.”

Challenge: “Does my whole day have to be ruined because I ate something I shouldn’t have?’

Helpful Response: “I might have eaten something that wasn’t good for me, but I can get right back on track and make a better choice for my next meal.”

In order to lose weight and improve your overall health and wellness, it is not helpful to think pessimistically.  In fact, most people know what they need to do to in order to lose weight in a healthy way. But, due to negative thinking, they have little success executing a plan.  As Albert Einstein said so eloquently, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Try something different this year: think differently. In addition, make a commitment towards taking small steps toward bigger goals.  Focus on what you CAN do everyday to make yourself a priority, and I guarantee that you will be more productive and effective in all other areas of your life.

* This article is part of a monthly health column for entrepreneurs, in partnership with Retrofit. Retrofit, the expert-led, data-driven weight loss program for busy professionals, is designed to deliver lasting results. Its innovative year-long program includes wireless monitoring of a client’s weight, activity, and sleep, as well as private lessons with a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and behavior coach. Learn more about the company at RetrofitMe.comFacebook , and Twitter. *

More Guides You Will Love

The 5 Factors that Led Us to Victory at LAUNCH Techweek Chicago A few weeks ago, over 70 pre-qualified startups demoed their products and services for a chance to compete on Techweek’s main stage, for $100,000 is cash and prizes. Our startup, WeDeliver, won! Here are the five factors w...
Startup Institute: We’re Coming to Chicago! I'm really happy to share that we're building Startup Institute Chicago this Fall. Here's why. It's clear that Chicago is a special place for startups, and we want to make it the place for people to join them. When yo...
Six Months Later: Impact Engine and Social Enterprise are Killing It Less than a year ago, I asked a prominent figure in Chicago’s startup community about local investors’ interest in the social enterprise model. She told me flatly, “No one cares.” Well, they care now. Since Impact Engin...
5 Critical Startup Lessons from DoNotRent.com CEO, Mike Cerny Mike Cerny, CEO and founder of the startup DoNotRent.com, a national apartment review and ratings website based in Chicago, knows the challenges of building a company from the ground up. He has faced the typical trials startu...
Rent the Runway Co-Founder Jenny Fleiss: Always Keep a Pulse on Your Customer & Company Culture Jenny Fleiss is an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with. She started her career as a strategic planner at Morgan Stanley, and then Lehman Brothers. After a few years of strategy work, she went off to Harvard Business...
Lightbank & Chicago Tech Academy: Innovation Comes From The Most Unlikely Places Chicago Tech Academy is not your average high school. Tucked away in Pilsen, it might look like a typical Chicago Public School–fluorescent lighting, teachers busy moving students from one class to another, students in “Chi T...
The Challenges and Rewards of Growing a Company in Omaha Real-time online auction marketplace Proxibid is not a new company, but it has certainly stayed fresh since being founded in 2001 by four Omaha-based entrepreneurs. That’s because technological innovation has remained a key p...
Why You Lost Your Startup Passion—and How to Get it Back Again It happens to everyone. You’re plugging away on a project and it hits you: What am I doing? Why am I here? Should I be doing something else with my life? It’s a fact: a lot of people lose passion for their work. As a start...
If You Want to Start Something You’re Passionate About, You Just Need 10 Minutes “Got ten minutes? Go.” This was the subject line of an email that Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia sent Jamie Wong several years ago. At the time, Wong hadn’t yet founded Vayable—she already had the idea for the online travel ...
Every (Successful) Strategic Startup Vision Begins with Some Serious Introspection There’s something oddly remarkable about entrepreneurs these days. So many of them are prepared to suffer for their business strategies, yet so few actually take the time to learn how to strategize. Part of the problem,...