by : Sean Kolders
At Ultimate You Fitness you’re provided with the revolutionary and game changing concept of the 3 Pillars for health and fitness. Mindset is one of these Pillars, and within this pillar there are another 4 pillars used to creating an empowering mindset for success. The 4 Pillars of mindset are your Psychology, Physiology, History and Philosophy.
Psychology is the pillar that connects all the other 3 pillars together, it’s the thoughts that run through your mind that stems from your history which is your past experiences and your philosophy which is how you view the world. Your physiology is about your body and how you hold yourself which then goes into creating your emotions. You have tens of thousands of thoughts every day and a very high percentage of the thoughts you have today are the same as you had yesterday and the same thoughts you will have tomorrow. The way you use your language is very powerful in creating your reality, simply by changing the words you use to articulate your experience externally and in your mind has a profound effect on your life. Instead of saying “I hope…” or “I wish…” you now say “I wonder…” as it evokes curiosity into what is possible. You now say “I could…” instead of “I should…” as it feels free and allows more choice. “It’s a problem…” turns into “It’s an opportunity to….”
I hurt my shoulder at the start of 2013 which annoyed me at first, but then I realised it was just a great opportunity to focus on developing greater core strength and work out my legs. It’s as easy as just asking yourself “what is great about this situation?” Nothing has meaning except for the meaning you give it! Creating new levels of thinking and building new neurological pathways enables you to get bigger, better and faster results in any field you wish to excel in. What the mind can conceive and believe, the body can achieve. You’ve probably heard the saying “fake it until you make it” I personally prefer saying “fake it until you become it.” The lesson is to stop choosing to go by how you feel and start to choose to act accordingly with how you want to feel. You can’t smile and be sad at the same time, so smile more and get on with it!
Your Physiology is created in your brain which is influenced by your thoughts and emotions. As a mixed martial arts fighter, I watch carefully as a fighter moves towards and into the cage, I can gage how the fighter is feeling and how confident they are simply by ob- serving their physiology and facial expressions. You can tell the difference between how someone is feeling by observing the posture between someone with slumped shoulders, walking with their head down kicking their feet compared to the relaxed and smooth stride of someone with their chin up and shoulder blades down and back.
The mind and body are a part of the same system and affect each other, so calibrating and adjusting your physiology by the way you hold yourself creates a huge shift in how you feel and think. Also the use of breathing techniques is a very powerful tool to assist you in your training and creating a powerful mindset. Studies have proven that by putting yourself in a pow- er pose position for just 2 minutes creates higher levels of testosterone and lowers the cortisol levels in your body which is your stress hormone. This exercise is highly beneficial for working out and for general well being, it can be used to change your state of mind be- fore important meetings or before a date. Tiny tweaks have big changes!
Let’s try it! Take a few deep breathes and relax, stand up tall with your feet shoulder width apart, pull your shoulder blades down and back as far as possible, chin up and look straight ahead and smile. Put your hands in the air as a champion does after winning, this is just one of many power poses you can use. You can also take it to another level by adding your affirmations to it, “I am… (insert positive affirmation)” or simply by saying “YES!”. The key to this is intensity and saying it as if it’s TRUE and like you REALLY mean it.
“Nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning you give it” – Tony Robbins
Your life history plays a role in your mindset because your past experiences affect your beliefs and how you make decisions. In life you experience ups and downs, the good and bad times, however what matters most is the meaning you create when you experience the tough times or have an intense emotional event. The meaning you give an event or moment can change the whole direction of your life if you decide to empower or dis-empower yourself with whatever comes your way. Most of the beliefs and values you hold for yourself are created in your imprint period which is the ages between 0 to 7 years old. During this window of development you’re accepting much without question about what you see and the emotions coming from around you. Between the ages of 8-13 years old you model people, you copy your parents, teachers and the people you admire and look up to. During this period is where you can develop certain behaviors based on observation of the people around you.
Coaching and NLP makes it is possible to create rapid change, release negative emotions, collapse past emotional events and remove limiting beliefs that are holding you back and allow you to move forwards into creating and building the life you desire.
Philosophy is the way you view your world and how you believe the world to be. Your philosophy is important because not only do you need to understand yourself, but also you need to understand the world in which you live. It’s like trying to play a game you don’t know the rules to, you’ve got a very slim chances of winning. If you believe it’s hard to be lean and healthy, it’s going to be difficult to eat healthy foods. If you believe it’s important to eat fresh, clean and healthy foods, you will in return have a healthy body which will be a simple and easy lifestyle choice.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” – Henry Ford
If it is humanly possible and within the realm of your strengths, it’s within your reach. Adopting and creating a belief system and mindset that aligns with your purpose and with what you want to achieve is crucial in manifesting your desired outcome. Take a moment and think very clearly about what you want to achieve. Close your eyes, see what you would see, hear what you would hear, feel what it would feel and tell yourself whatever is empowering in that moment. Whilst visualising yourself after the completion of what you want to achieve, notice what beliefs are present of yourself in this vision?”
The power of the mind and what you believe is possible for you will be a direct reflection on your results. Before you start your workout you’ll be focused on how many reps you will do, this is actually telling your mind and body the limit for yourself. It is very powerful to remember that what you focus on is what you will get.
Getting to know what’s inside your 4 pillars is vital to changing and developing new results. If you understand what’s going on inside of your mind and why, you’re able to create the right mindset and discover new things about yourself you never knew. This is the key to unlocking your full potential!