Can changing your mind change your health?
YES! Yes it can.
I used to wish for it and search for it — sometimes consciously and other times almost unconsciously as I pursued the latest fad diet, weight loss pill, even hypnosis!
But the truth is, the secret to my success was nothing more than…ME. I finally got that I had to change my head game. First, I had to believe that I could and would be successful. Then I changed my focus, my mindset and made myself and my health the priority. That’s when I transformed my body and my life.
The secret, to transformative change — if there is one — is that we all have within us the power to change our way of thinking, and ultimately our heath. It’s not easy. But it is doable. And it is available to you. I promise!
This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of being both a guest participant and speaker at the Wellness Council of Maine’s Annual Workplace Wellness Leadership Symposium. What an inspiring day!
Maine is a leader when it comes to workplace wellness and it was an honor to be with so many wellness leaders and CEO’s who are proactively focused on overall employee well being. A subject near and dear to my heart.
The keynote speaker for the symposium was Ann Marie Ludovici, noted author, well being activist, and a leading authority on workplace wellness and employee well being. Her new book is titled: “Change your mind, change your health.” I found that, indeed, I was a text book example of some of the theories of change she discusses.
Ann Marie and I both spoke of the importance of becoming aware and heightening our mindfulness about what we are practicing that is working for us, or not, when it comes to our overall health and happiness. For me, becoming aware was the first step.
Once I was acutely aware of what I was practicing that was not working for me, I became uncomfortable and then motivated to change. That’s when I started to notice the opportunities around me for change. Like meeting O’Neal Hampton who provided hope and inspiration, and helped instill in me the belief that I could do it.
By becoming aware, we are able to restructure our thinking and ultimately change our behaviors. When I started my transformation journey at weight-loss boot camp, I said “I can’t” about 50 times a day. It didn’t take long for me to learn that indeed my physical body was capable of so much more than my mind thought.
During the duration of the boot camp, I learned that I could do anything I set my mind to. I just had to do it. I had to push past fear and self doubt and a whole lot of “I cant’s” to learn: YES, I can! And if I can do it, you can too.
The Wellness Council of Maine’s Workplace Wellness Symposium renewed for me how important our thoughts are in relationship to our behavior — what we actually do. And how indeed we can train our brains for health and wellness or whatever it is we want to achieve.
I encourage you to check out Ann Marie Ludovici’s book, “Change your mind, change your health.” It also has some great information about the stages of change and how important they are to identifying your readiness for transformative change.