How powerful is the mind?
The Expectancy Theory (or expectancy theory of motivation) proposes this: an individual will behave or act in a certain way because they are motivated to select a specific behavior over other behaviors due to what they expect the result of that selected behavior will be. Let’s break that down. Most people who try something new already have pre-conceived notions about how that behavior change will turn out. Then, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the subconscious steers the results of the new action toward its expected result.
That’s powerful! To me, this shows that setting up our mindset is almost more important than any other way you can prepare for a behavior change. Prior to purchasing new workout kicks, meal prepping and setting up your app (shameless plug!), the first thing that needs to get right is your mind. Set your expectations to be successful. This can be hard when previous attempts at dieting have failed. The more of those failed experiences we have, the more we are likely to expect that this time will be no different. But our mind is powerful, and we can aim towards success by envisioning the end result to be successful!
Your body will follow your mind and what you believe. If you are doing a life change or seeking a goal you must change your beliefs. If you change your beliefs, your method becomes easier and is less important. It’s important to wake up every day and affirm that you will be successful. You will reach the goals you have. You will take the right steps with the right motivation. The first step is knowing and believing. Things are only impossible until we do them.