Becoming a “Healthy Thinker”
I talk to my clients often about becoming “healthy thinkers.” “Healthy thinkers” are conscious about what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. They have less stress, sleep better, exercise regularly, eat well, and are sick less often. “Healthy thinkers” are able to fit exercise and good nutrition into the fabric of their lives.
“Healthy thinkers” are not constantly chasing the carrot that is weight loss.
There are 5 traits that I believe all “healthy thinkers” have. I will list these 5 traits, talk about them briefly, and expand on each of the traits further in upcoming blogs. You are not born with these traits. These traits can become a part of who you are. If you are conscious of these traits, and work to make them a part of who are, you can become a “healthy thinker.”
I was not always a “healthy thinker.” At one point I weighed 240 pounds. I am currently about 180 pounds. As I look back at my journey to becoming a “healthy thinker” these are the 5 traits that have made the biggest impact-
1. Process Over Outcome: You must embrace the process of becoming healthy. Too many people set a mark, generally a weight loss goal, and strive only to reach that mark. Then what? If you begin to enjoy the process of becoming healthier, pat yourself on the back when you make healthy decisions, and focus on the day-to-day process, you will be one step closer to becoming a “healthy thinker.”
2. Set Process Goals: Process goals are the things that you will do daily, weekly, and monthly that will get you to where you want to be. Make these goals tough, but achievable. Give yourself a pat on the back each time you hit one of your process goals.
3. Surround Yourself With Like Minded People: “Healthy thinkers” draw on the strength of other “healthy thinkers.” There will no doubt be ups and downs. If you have “healthy thinkers” that you can call on for advice, a push, or a pat on the back, you will be able to battle through the ups and downs that are sure to arise.
4. Have A Plan: Plan your day. Plan your week. “Healthy thinkers” do not fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to training and diet. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
5. Share With People Your Desire To Become A “Healthy Thinker”: Choose a select group of people that you know will support you in your journey to better health. A strong support system is invaluable in your journey to becoming a “healthy thinker.”
As I stated early on, you can become a “healthy thinker.” Begin using the 5 traits. Have patience.
In my next blog I will discuss Process Over Outcome in more detail.