This weekend I was chatting with one of our members, Evan Nisonson, and he said something profound.
"I think the key, really, is having disciplined positivity."
I have no idea where he first heard that term, but it is exactly the mindset we're striving to achieve with our members at Summit. We focus on mindset first because if you can change as a person your workout habits and nutrition habits will follow right along. Fitness can be the catalyst for that change, but only because of the mindset it helps you develop. Disciplined positivity is the mindset we're looking for.
Disciplined positivity means you are able to be both realistic about who you are RIGHT NOW and hopeful about who you are trying to become. I'll be vulnerable and share my own example here.
I recognize that I am not a CrossFit Games athlete, not even close. I have a goal of qualifying for Wodapalooza next year, and right now I definitely would not qualify for that competition. I also am positive in the sense that I have a plan to change that reality, and believe in the possibility of improving to reach that goal.
I also spend a lot of time on a boat, without a shirt during the summer. Yes, I want to look good for swimsuit season. Good is relative to what I BELIEVE good is. It is unique to me. As are your goals to you.
The issue many people have is they don't take a disciplined positivity mindset throughout their day. They wake up and tell themselves these stories:
"I don't like the way I look in the mirror."
"I hate my job."
"This traffic is ruining my life!"
"Eating healthy is boring - where's the pizza?"
Etc. etc. etc.
And nothing ever improves.
You can change that thought process and recognize you're at an important point in your life. Are you going to continually complain and be negative about your situation? Or are you going to use the pain you're experiencing right now (unfulfilling job, poor health, lack of confidence) and use it to catalyze change in your life?
Recognize that where you are at is not where you want to be, but that you HAVE THE ABILITY AND POWER TO CHANGE THAT. My favorite thing about what we do at Summit is that people constantly show us how incredible they are. All of you do amazing things day in and day out. You CAN lose the weight. You CAN have confidence when you go to the beach. You CAN take control of what goes into your mouth, and stop feeling that guilt over another McDonald's meal.
When you see that, it changes your life. And I'm excited for you to change your life.