What does mindset mean?
The word mindset has become a buzzword, and with any buzzword, it runs the risk of losing its meaning. There’s a lot of BS going around mindset. Many people talk a lot of fluff about mindset and promising BIG results with quick tips/ hacks. And the anti-diet culture isn’t spared from this. lol!
The truth is most people do not have a clear understanding of what mindset truly means; they know just enough to see that their mindset is causing them unnecessary pain but not enough actually to change their mindset. They get caught up in these tips and tricks and hacks to change their mindset, and when it doesn’t work once more, they think they’re the problem, not the tip or the hack… doesn’t it sound like diet culture? lol
I’m a very methodical person for my newest listeners, a gift from my professional training in science and clinical nutrition, so we will approach the mindset questions very methodically. Here’s we go…
First, let’s understand what mindset means.
When you look at the word mindset in google, you get this, define the set of attitudes held by someone. Wikipedia has a much enhance definition- it is a set of assumptions, methods, or notions held by one or more people or groups of people.
So people will refer to mindset as a perspective.
I like to explain it to clients because mindset is a collection of all of the things you believe, that you assume or that you have been taught. These can be conscious or unconscious, but these beliefs, assumptions or taught notions that influence your feelings, the approach you have in the situation, how you meet your needs, and ultimately the actions you take, therefore the results you create in your life.
The best diet mindset analogy
This is the analogy I used with my clients in all of our programs. Our mindset is like a pair of glasses you wear 24/7. It’s the lens through which you see and experience life.
Mindset is the lens through which you see and experience life
Mindset is not just the beliefs, assumptions you think; it’s how you feel due to what you think, the actions your take and the result you experience are all under the umbrella mindset. This is really important for us to understand why we need to be addressing it all together.
To be addressing your mindset, you need to be looking at your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and result with it.