Why is mindset important? ƛasəmsxʷʊt kʷaθ qʷayɛgən. You be strong-minded.

by | Jun 14, 2024

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” By Henry Ford.

Remember that it all starts from within when embarking on your fitness journey. Your mindset is the key to unlocking your physical potential.

Your MINDSET. There are two types of mindsets: growth and fixed. Be mindful of which category you are thinking and believing in. If you think you can or cannot, you are right. Remember that it takes time to redevelop and shape new habits. Be patient and give credit to yourself.

How does this integrate with Medicine Wheel Teachings? “The Medicine Wheel is shaped like a circle for a reason: to create balance, intention, and interconnectedness. Breaking into four quadrants, each category has a significant meaning to make a full circle. Take care of yourself spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally (Energy, Body, Mind, and Heart). It also has four seasons, four directions, and four sacred medicines. The Medicine Wheel circle represents the circle of life to create balance and improve one’s overall well-being. You must identify the need for an interconnectedness state of being.” This is an excerpt from the book “Living Full Circle by Jenene Wooldridge,” I highly recommend it to help educate/tool kit more deeply on this.

Reflect on these four quadrants; how do you feel in each area? On a scale of 1 – 10, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? Setting your intentions, seeing what is working, and reassessing often to help guide you to living full circle is essential. Setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) goals is another great way to start taking positive action, as shared in the last article. Writing in a journal also helps; write down five things you are grateful for daily. 

When I competed at the WNBF Intercontinental Edmonton show on October 21, 2017, it was my first Pro Show as a WNBF Bikini Pro competitor. I walked into the show with a grateful mindset. Winning my pro card earlier that year was incredible, as it was already! I proved to myself that I could do it. So when I walked into this show as a new Bikini Pro, I was already grateful to be there and nervous as heck! I meditated between the morning (pre-judging)  and evening (awards) shows. I reviewed my video from my husband, who filmed me on stage in the morning so I could assess and see what I could fix for my posing and T-walk on stage. I just focused on what I have been working on and practicing all year for this moment. I allowed muscle memory to take over and be in the moment and let my coach help me tweak my back pose and guide me through the show. My mindset had already shifted to gratitude, and when I walked on that stage, that was what I said to myself the whole time. For some reason, I felt I had already won, which was my pro card earlier that year. I had no idea I would have won my class that evening and when they announced the winner I was crying happy tears. It was a fit-tastic experience! My mindset was to focus on feeling grateful, which I was, envisioning my walk and allowing my hard work to show on stage with a fantastic group of family and friends in the crowd. Plus, my excellent coach and team. It was an event I will never forget. It showed me that anything is possible if you believe in yourself, follow your coach and plan, and put your mind to it. It might sound cliche, but it is so true! 

May this inspire others to shift their mindset to gratitude daily and every day when I sometimes train, especially when I don’t feel one hundred percent. I always thank my body for allowing me to work hard in the gym, to be a mother and wife, and to help others achieve their fitness goals. Fitness is my heart and passion. I thank my creator and ancestors for my willingness to keep moving forward and for waking up to a new day. I also would like to thank you for taking the time to read this and our Tla’amin nation for allowing me to write here each month. If you wish to work with me, online training is available. Please check out my website, tosumstrong.com, to learn more.  

čɛčɛhatanapɛč qʷaləp tin t̓ᶿok̓ʷ. I thank (honour) you all for coming today.