Making a change, achieving a goal, cultivating a stronger sense of self-confidence, leading a more fulfilling life, what is it that all of these things have in common? The thread that they all share is the fact that they do not just happen overnight and they definitely do not simply happen on their own. They take time and energy in order to accomplish them. One of the most influential factors in regards to our ability to put forth the effort necessary to accomplish our goals and our dreams is our mindset. Mindset determined by a number of things, some of which we have little to no control over. However, the key to cultivating a positive mindset and one that is conducive to the successful pursuit of a fulfilling life is not focusing on the things that are out of your control, but rather focusing on the things that you can control. This may seem like a fairly simple concept, and I agree, the concept is simple, however successfully applying said concept seems to be a real challenge for many.
Life is complicated and at any given moment in time there are a dozen things that require our time, energy, and attention. Most of these things, are the things which we have little control over. These are, generally speaking, the things which contribute most to the development of a negative state of mind. Because these things exist, we must employee strategies in order to effectively combat their potentially negative influence. Now, it might come as a surprise to some, but a very simple and very powerful component of that strategy for many, myself included, is exercise.
We all know that exercise is great for the body as well as the mind. In my personal opinion, the key to incorporating exercise into an effective positive mindset development strategy is to use it as money in the bank with which you can purchase “no big deal” moments. What the hell does that mean? Well, I have found that by incorporating exercise first thing in the morning, it becomes money in the bank. By completing my workout I have effectively deposited that investment of time and energy into my positive mindset bank before the rest of my day has even begun. This ensures that I will reap the physical and psychological benefits of exercise that put me in a mentally advantageous position to those who have not made their deposit for the day. Better still, by experiencing physical discomfort first thing in the morning I have the ability to purchase “no big deal” moments. What I mean by “no big deal” moments, is that when something occurs that may typically seem inconvenient and that might frustrate most, I find it to be NO BIG DEAL because I have already experienced a REAL challenge through the physical demands of exercise. Now, I have perspective. These inconveniences are not nearly as burdensome as burning lungs and real physical pain. They simply require a step back, and a solution.
Check out one of my FAVORITE routine morning “deposits”.