This January we are talking about getting healthy.
Most messages you hear this time of year is about setting New Year’s Resolutions and goals to make you healthier. This is a great message and one that is needed.
The problem with this message, however, is that simply setting a goal and striving towards that goal does not get to the root problem of why you are not successful in accomplishing that goal.
How many times have you tried to eat better or exercise more and not succeeded?
Yeah… me too!
As a faith-based health coach, I have found that the inner work needs to be worked on first before moving to the outer work.
What is this inner work, you ask?
It begins with setting the right mindset. It starts with having an opportunistic mindset where you see windows in your day that you can make you and your goals a priority. With this mindset you see getting healthy as 30 seconds of planks, 15 push-ups, and a do-able plant-based snack.
You also see your day filled with hundreds of opportunities to make a positive choice. After all, every choice you make throughout the day presents itself with the opportunity to restart. How glorious is that?!
This inner work continues with having a fighting mindset.
A sad but true reality of working on yourself and making positive, healthy choices comes with others trying to sabotage your goals.
While most people do not even realize they are doing this, their actions speak differently.
“Hey honey, I brought home some Doritos for the game!” “It costs how much for you to go to the gym each month?” “Our grocery bill has doubled! We can’t keep this up!”
Can you relate to any of these subtle remarks?
While they don’t directly destroy your goals, they work their way into your inner thoughts. If you are not careful, your thoughts can turn from opportunistic to doubting.
Without intervention, these doubts can take a hold of your thinking. Before you know it, your emotions turn negative, and your actions go south.
“Oh, what’s a few Doritos?” “Your right, it does cost too much money to go to the gym and eat healthy.”
Once you start to enter this mindset, your goals falter and you are back to your old ways and you begin to feel defeated and wonder if all hope is lost.
It is at this point that having a fighting mindset is key to your long-term success.
But, this fighting mindset is less about you and more about God.
Your job is to be aware that your mindset has shifted from a positive, can-do attitude, to a negative, doubting one. When you find this to be true, it is time to turn to God, asking Him to give you truth and strength to keep fighting the good fight.
Turning to God may come in prayer or reciting biblical truth.
- “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, perfect, and pleasing will.” (Romans 12:2)
- “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16).
- “Instead, let the spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” (Ephesians 4:23)
- “For the Spirit God gave us does make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
I pray these bible verses will help you keep a fighting mindset; one that tells you that you can change a habit, that you can be healthy, and that you can achieve your goals because dear friend, I BELIEVE IN YOU!
I believe that you have what it takes to stop the self-descrutive habits and begin fresh. I believe that with God’s help, all things are possible, including your goals!
Take this believing mindset into your day today and remember, getting healthy is less about your goals and more about believing you have the power to achieve these goals.
Praying you through,
P.S. If you need support and encouragement, please hit the reply button on your computer! I am here to be your biggest cheerleader!