If you have been struggling to lose weight, improve a relationship, find a new job or just have more fun, the answer may be in your mindset. Mindset is a concept developed over a decade ago by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck through her research to understand how people cope with failures. Dweck defines mindset as the view we adopt of ourselves and proved that it can profoundly affect how we live our lives. She found that people generally fall into two categories, those with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset. A “fixed” mindset suggests that our intelligence, ability and personality are carved in stone and do not change much over our lifetime. An example of this mindset might be “I am not athletic”” or “I am a math person” which suggest that these traits can’t change. The downside to a “fixed” mindset is these kinds of beliefs limit personal growth. By contrast, a “growth” mindset suggests that individuals have basic abilities but can develop and cultivate these and other abilities or intelligence and talents through effort and strategies. This view allows for potential to grow and opens us to greater possibility and success. Adopting a growth mindset can improve all areas of life from personal to professional. Changing from a fixed mindset to a growth can be accomplished through three steps.
As the summer approaches, many begin to think about bath suit season and losing weight. If you are trying to lose weight for whatever reason, you are not alone. Gallup estimates that 51% of adults in America are trying to lose weight and 68% are considered overweight or obese. For those who are attempting to lose weight, dieting can be frustrating when the numbers on the scale are not moving. At times, even with strict adherence to a weight loss plan losing or maintaining weight can be a struggle. Many factors other than reducing calorie intake and adding exercise can affect weight loss and some are little known. Changing these factors will help with lasting success.
When to Say When – April is Alcohol Awareness Month
If you are like 7 in 10 adults in our country, you might enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail to celebrate, socialize or as a way of relaxing. It’s virtually impossible to watch a sporting event on television without viewing multiple advertisements about how much fun revolves around the consumption of a variety of different alcoholic beverages. According to the Mayo Clinic, a moderate amount of alcohol has even been shown to have certain health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease or a stroke However, statistics show that approximately 3 in 10 adult’s consumption is considered “high risk” and may to alcoholism, liver disease and other problems including legal, financial and social. Addiction has recently been in the national spotlight and is one of the leading health issues we face today. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence to help increase awareness and understanding about alcohol related issues and reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism. Because alcohol is socially accepted and prevalent, the health and social problems are sometimes minimized. What we now know is bringing addiction into the light can help those who have been struggling with the shame and stigma of the disease find recovery.
Have you ever sat down to work on an important task only to find yourself spending time on Facebook, checking emails or even cleaning up your desk? If so you are not alone! In fact, March marks the month of National Procrastination Week, a holiday “celebrating” delaying what we need to do. While occasional procrastination can help us relax if we are pushing too hard, it is generally a habit that is destructive and can cause missed deadlines, poor performance, financial troubles and increased stress. Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off a task that we need to accomplish.
On Valentine’s Day, we are surrounded by images of hearts, cupids and suggestions of ideal love. Studies of happiness have revealed that one of the most critical keys to happiness is healthy, positive relationships. Unfortunately, many struggle with finding or keeping romantic relationships alive and as a result are unhappy. In fact, one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to improve relationships. The good news is that if improving relationships is a goal for you, there are several ways to begin to make changes.
Happy New Year! Each year 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions yet only 8% are actually successful in achieving their goal. The most popular resolutions are related to weight, finances, relationships and self-improvement. Often these goals become only a wish because there is no clear plan to achieve them. A successful plan needs to take into account how to manage obstacles and setbacks, and where to find support. In addition, a successful plan must be flexible to avoid the “all or nothing” feeling that sabotages many resolutions.
Start With a Clear Goal
There are many factors involved in creating a plan to reach your goal. Commitment to the goal is a first step. When committing to making a change it is helpful to ask these questions.
• If I achieve this goal, how will I benefit? Be as specific as possible – better health, appearance, less stress, improved relationships, financial benefit.
• Why now? Many people use external deadlines to start making a change. This might work but be clear why this is the right time to start.
• What are the pros and cons of making the change? For example, if I stop drinking I will feel better but I will not be able to meet my friends for happy hour.