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Growth Mindset Versus Fixed Mindset: How to Make Lasting Healthy Life Changes

In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck talks about the two different types of mindsets people fall into: a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.

People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed.

I think of a growth mindset as being open and willing to try new things without being attached to the outcome. It’s about reaching for goals that stretch you a little, and believing you have the power to change things. 

A fixed mindset says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but a growth mindset says you can if the dog is willing!

How Your Mindset Affects Your Progress

When you’re trying to change something about your health or your lifestyle, your mindset is one of the most important factors in whether you’re going to succeed. 

But health and lifestyle are the areas where I see a fixed mindset emerge most often. If your self-talk says, “I’m not the kind of person who could ever do meal prep” or “I’m not good at working out” — by committing to that narrative about your identity, you cut yourself off from amazing possibility that you could do those things. 

A fixed mindset also cuts you off from being able to tolerate failure. If you believe that you failed at something (say, sticking to a new workout plan) because you are innately lazy, unreliable or unfit, it’s going to be extremely hard for you to get back on the wagon. Why even try?

But if you can cultivate a growth mindset, you give yourself space to fail, but that failure is just an indicator that you’re growing and adding to your capabilities. 

And you are going to fail — not because you personally are bad at what you’re doing, but because you’re human and failure happens for a whole host of reasons. Having a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset turns this into an opportunity rather than a disappointment.

Your job is to turn up and do the best you can with the resources you have available, and to keep doing that over and over, even if you fail every now and then. 

How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset

And even if you realize that you have a fixed mindset right now, there’s good news. You can change it! 

This isn’t just some woo-woo positive thinking either. 

In his insightful book, The Brain That Changes Itself, Dr. Norman Doidge delves deep into neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to rapidly evolve in response to trauma, stimulus or even to our own thoughts.

Your brain can change itself, grow new cells, change its patterns, and you can choose if you want to take advantage of that. That’s so exciting, and means that no matter where you are starting from, you’re not stuck. 

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to start that shift:

“What feels possible? Am I open to trying this new thing? What would happen if this thing changed?”

If you can imagine what life might be after this change, you’re more likely to put in the work. It’s important to recognise that what you’re doing takes work, it isn’t easy, and it requires energy.

Remember that it’s not about waking up every day and asking yourself very seriously how you can evolve into a better person, but staying aware of what you’re accepting for yourself and where you could stretch a little further. 

This shift is very much tied to mindfulness, and there’s even progress to be made just in noticing that you have a fixed mindset about something. 

You don’t have to start working on it immediately, you can just acknowledge that and come back to it when it’s a priority. 

Not everything needs action right away — you have to prioritize and you can only put your energy in so many places. 

The trick here is to understand why you’re trying to make these changes, to have a firm grasp on the purpose that’s driving all this work (and it is work — it takes sustained effort over time and a lot of perseverance through discomfort and tedium). 

If you know that you’re trying to change your eating habits so that you set a healthy example for your kids, that’s going to keep you going. 

If you know that you’re trying to stick to a workout routine so that you can look after your aging parents instead of having to put them in care, you’re going to be very deeply motivated. 

It doesn’t even have to be such a big reason — just to feel good in your skin and that you are prioritizing your own wellbeing is a powerful driver. 

Of course, prioritizing your own wellbeing doesn’t sound like a big deal… but it can be, right?

What to Do When Your Loved Ones Have A Fixed Mindset

 It’s hard when people don’t want you to change — they like you as you are, and if you change it means that your dynamic will change. 

Even if they don’t make any change themselves, they will be impacted to some degree by your changes.  Your decision to eat more veggies doesn’t make anyone else a bad person, but it can make them feel bad anyway. 

The key here is communication. If people around you do get upset about the changes you’re making, be clear that you’re making these changes for you. Let them know that it’s not about them and that making a change for yourself doesn’t mean that you’re judging them. 

This is not easy. Most of us care a lot about what our loved ones think about us. I know I care deeply what people think, and even though I try really hard to worry less about it, I know I just have to acknowledge it and keep going anyway. Eventually it just comes down to taking a hard look at your own life and understanding what the cost will be if you don’t make this change.  

Still, it’s important to be sensitive to how people are responding to you, to use language that’s as non-judgemental as possible and that will ultimately help them to support you — or at least to give you the room to do what you need to do.

In all, developing a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset is about recognizing what’s possible and giving yourself permission to reach for those possibilities.  

It’s about choosing to see yourself as a beautiful work in progress, to appreciate how far you’ve come and to look forward to where you’re going. 

It’s work, it takes time and energy and discipline, but developing a growth mindset is one of the most empowering and exciting things you can do for yourself. 

When you believe that you are capable of change, that you are in control of how your life unfolds — that’s exhilarating and opens up a whole new world of opportunities. 

So I’d like to invite you to start shifting towards a growth mindset today, and to get a little help if you need it

Want More Inspiration?

Check out more mental motivation, workouts, and meal inspiration on my Instagram.

Dipping my toes into the season like… ⁠cue the awkward bikini pose 😂☀️⁠
To be real, what I had planned to be my chic poolside photo op turned into an unexpected cold plunge 🥶 I`m sorry but I`ll always be a sucker for heated pools ⁠

#WimHofWho #SpringBreakShenanigans ⁠#AwkwardPoses #GoodTimesAhead⁠

🌟 Proof that sustainable, enjoyable changes are possible.⁠

Tune into this vid as one of my former clients shares his journey to improved health and body composition, all without the need to obsess over every calorie🚫📊 ⁠

If you`re ready to transform your body in a sustainable way, I can help. ⁠

Book in a discovery call with me and lets chat ⁠📲⁠

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#BodyTransformation #NoCalorieCounting #ClientSuccessStory #ClientSuccess #AccountabilityPartner #AccountabilityCoach #Allin #HealthCoach #HabitChange #HabitChangeCoach #ConsistencyisKey #KeepShowingUp #HealthandWellnessCoach

🧘🏻‍♀️Practicing yoga is much more fun in good company and kids sure have a way of reminding you to keep it playful. 🤸🏻‍♀️ ⁠


🌱 Planting seeds of mindfulness through yoga and trying to lead by example for the next generation. ⁠

#MindBodyConnection #GoodCompanyGoodVibes ⁠
#AccountabilityCoach #ConsistencyIsKey⁠

😅 Do you ever feel like you`re just barely keeping it together when others seem to just cruise? I find it helpful to remember the duck analogy: ⁠

🦆💦 Just like a duck gliding gracefully on water, we often only see the serene surface of someone`s life. Beneath it all, there`s hard work, quiet determination and resilience. ⁠

💪 ⁠#JustKeepPaddling 😄 ⁠#DuckAnalogy #BeneathTheSurface #EmbraceTheHustle #AccountabilityCoach #ConsistencyIsKey⁠

📖 Words to live by, right? As your #AccountabilityPartner and coach, I`m here to help make sure you don`t just read them, but live them.⁠

Let`s be real: we`ve all had those moments where we`ve said, "I`ll start tomorrow," or "I`ll do it later." ⁠

But you probably can guess what I will say next, right? ⁠

Tomorrow never comes, and later never happens. ⁠

The best time to take action is NOW.⁠ ⁠

So let`s do this together. ⁠With that said, I`m off to refill my water bottle because, hydration.⁠


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#Fridaymotivation⁠ #AccountabilityCoach #Empowerment #TheTimeIsNow⁠
#ItsAllConnected #onepercentbetter #allin #accountabilitychallenge #habitchangecoach #weightlosscoach #lifecoach #coaching⁠

Who needs personal space when you can have a whole bubble? ⁠

⁠Got a chance to go dome glamping in the mountains and live my best #BubbleLife ⁠when we were back home in Thailand this past winter. ⁠It really felt like I was able to unplug and slow down 🔌 🐌

⁠⁠✅Bubble Benefits🟰Blissful privacy with a view, instant stress relief and a built-in way to dodge those pesky mosquitoes! ⁠

#RechargeYourself #mentalwellbeing #consciousliving #holistichhealthcoach #holisticliving #accountabilitycoach⁠

Gratitude overflowing! 🙏🏼 It`s truly humbling to witness the incredible transformations of my clients. ⁠

Huge thanks for sharing your heartfelt feedback and inspiring journey. ⁠

🤍 Your commitment and success has driven me to keep supporting others on their path to wellness⁠ 💫 ⁠

#HealthTransformation #FoodFreedom⁠ #AccountabilityCoach #AccountabilityPartner #WellnessJourney #HealthandWellnessCoach⁠
#Allin ⁠#ClientSuccess #HolisticWellness

Ever wonder what real commitment looks like? Here’s a glimpse into the daily conversations with my 1-on-1 accountability clients. 📲⁠

This is where the magic happens! 💫 ⁠





#Coaching #Accountability #Mindset #Coach⁠
#Commitment #Allin #KeepShowingUp⁠
#AccountabilityCoach ⁠

What’s waiting for you just outside of your comfort zone? ⁠

I’ve been 1-on-1 coaching for almost a decade now. This morning on a call, I was reminded of one mantra that I keep coming back to with my clients (and for myself for that matter). It is simply to:⁠

“Do the damn thing anyway” ⁠

Despite the hurdles, setbacks and discomfort. ⁠

🙋🏻What’s waiting for me outside MY comfort zone this week you might ask? ⁠

It’s morning momentum, personal growth, some fresh laundry 💪🏼 📚 🧺 ⁠ ⁠

…and some long overdue social posts 😉 ⁠like this one.⁠

#doitanyway ⁠#onepercentbetter ⁠#goodenough ⁠
#accountabilitycoach ⁠#consistencyiskey ⁠
⁠#habitchange #habitchangecoach

😆 Arguably the gym is like my 2nd office. ⁠🤓 💻 ⁠

Loving being back at this open air gym. ⁠

But get this: it was a high of 30°C (86°F) this week 😅 🏋️‍♀️ ⁠

⁠so VERY happy we hit the hot yoga studios hard this season @alyakamani @beeesha81 @alexmcwelch @lifeinpolaroidmusic⁠

Helped my body feel a little less WTF are you doing to me?! ⁠

#strengthtrainingworkout #fittravel #sweatyworkout⁠
#accountabilitycoach #accountabilitypartner

🎉 That Friday feeling. ⁠🎉 I`ve been embracing Fridays as a chance to set the tone for the weekend ahead. ⁠

Some routine things that I`ve been really digging at the moment:⁠

✅ Early morning wake up and coffee ritual ☕️ (because, coffee)⁠

✅ Hitting a local morning fitness class with my friends 👯‍♀️ (love the energy and #accountability with this crew)⁠

✅ making a weekend plan ✍️ (helps me feel more relaxed)⁠

✅ carving out time to rest/recover 🧘🏻‍♀️ (yin yoga atm)⁠

✅ deciding on something delicious to cook or order in 😋 (feeling a spicy 🌶️ 🍲 tom yum soup) ⁠

Happy weekend ✌️ ❤️ ⁠

#FitnessFriday #WeekendWarrior #squatober #accountabilitycoach #trusttheprocess #consistencyiskey

In a world that often celebrates instant success, let`s remember to be kinder to ourselves and perhaps nurture a little more patience this week. 🤗💕⁠


#GrowthMindset #EmbraceChange #SelfCompassion #AccountabilityCoach #weightlosscoach #ItsAllConnected

One of the biggest – if not the biggest – deciding factor of a lifestyle-change success story is mindset.⁠

We can talk ALL day about strategies, tips and tricks, meal planning, workout routines, etc., but what a true lifestyle makeover comes down to is this one thing:⁠

➡️ Do you believe that you can change? ⬅️⁠

If the answer is yes, congratulations! You`re already on your way.⁠

But if the answer is no, I understand. It`s easy to think that change is impossible, especially if we`ve tried and failed in the past.⁠

So what change really comes down to is the flexibility to get up when you fall. To start with changing small habits that gradually become normal and taking on the big stuff one step at a time.⁠

That`s why I wanted to share a recent post of mine that goes into more detail about the importance of mindset and how to acquire one that will help you reach success. #mindsetmatters⁠

🤓 Read it on my blog! ⁠

Link in bio! 🔗⁠ @_rosiemoore_⁠

#onepercentbetter #accountabilitycoach #accountabilitymirror #habitchange #habitchangecoach #weightlosscoach #itsallconnected

👇🏼👇🏼Here’s a go-to dynamic mobility sequence to try before a workout, between zoom meetings, on a recovery day or while you’re cuing up your next binge worthy show. ⁠

Sharing a sequence here (sped up) which has helped my client Mike squeeze in more mobility and stretching. 🧘

⁠He was struggling to get in more bursts of intentional movement throughout the day due to an insane number of meetings so I sent him this to follow along to 😉

❗️Remember, to feel better:

Move your body. ⁠

Move frequently.

And move in different directions. ⁠

Let me know if this helps! ⁠

➡️ 5 Cat-Cow⁠
➡️ 5 Kneeling Twists to the RIGHT and 5 Circles
➡️ 5 Kneeling Twists to the LEFT and 5 Circles
➡️ 5 x flow of a Downward Dog to Walking Hands IN to Low Squat to Hinge forward to Walking Hands OUT
➡️ 10 Wipers
➡️ 10 Alternating Leg Lowers (core)
➡️ 10 Glute Marches
🔄 Repeat if you have time for more!

#accountabilitycoach #accountabilitypartner #athomeworkout #consistencyiskey #itsallconnected

😁 I am thrilled to share the incredible real-life wins from my client, LaToya. 🎉 ⁠

She is a testament to the power of commitment, perseverance and our holistic approach to fitness and wellness. 💪⁠

Her dedication to nourishing nutrition and mindful movement brought her an energy and a GLOW that was impossible to ignore. ✨⁠

If you`re ready to feel good in your body again, get in touch! I’d love to work with you 🤍⁠

#FriYayProgress #FeelGoodFriday #ClientSuccess #AccountabilityCoach #WeightlossCoach #Allin #consistencyiskey⁠

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