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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

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

🎉 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

Perspective. And a throwback to playing the Oregon Trail in grade school computer class. Remember how SLOW that wagon moved?? ⁠🖥 👧🏻 💾 ⁠

Forge ahead my friends. Dust yourself off and try again. Also try not to die of dsyentary⁠ ⁠😂 ⁠


#oregontrail #keepmoving #successmindset #onepercentbetter #accountabilitycoach⁠

It`s that back-to-school energy time of year. Ready to take your goals from dreams to reality? ⁠

Unlock your full potential with personalized accountability coaching. I`ve got a couple of spots left for September! ⁠

From tailored strategies to unwavering support, I’m here to ignite your momentum, keep you on track, and celebrate every victory along the way. 🎉⁠

💪 Experience the transformation that comes with personalized guidance – because you deserve nothing less than your best self. Let`s make those goals happen! ⁠

DM me or book in a discovery call – link in my bio⁠

How many glasses of water have you had so far today? ✨ In the hustle of life, it`s easy to forget your water! ⁠

From boosting energy and enhancing focus to nurturing glowing skin and supporting digestion, the benefits of staying hydrated are endless. 🥤⁠

👇🏼⁠ So here`s your friendly reminder:⁠

💙 ⁠
Pause. ⁠

Hydrate. ⁠

Keep going. ⁠

thanks for the gorgeous pic @rebelhowlheadshots⁠

#HydrationMatters #DrinkWaterDaily #DrinkWaterStayVibrant #AccountabilityCoach #ElevateYourWellness

Protein isn`t just a fad – it`s a game-changer for your body. 🕺💃 ⁠

Ready to elevate your nutrition game? ⁠

🍽️ I`m dishing out the inside scoop on why protein deserves a prime spot on your plate in my latest blog post.⁠

From muscle repair to immune support, I`ve highlighted all the incredible roles protein plays in keeping you at your best. 💥 ⁠

Link in bio! 🔗⁠ @_rosiemoore_⁠

And nope, I couldn`t resist the #nutritionpuns⁠

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🍳 ⁠

#NourishYourBody #WellnessJourney #ProteinPower #NutritionMatters #HealthyLiving #FuelYourBody

A game of bocce ball in the park. My opponent enjoys betting ⁠treats, stickers and ice cream money. It`s important to know our motivations 😆 ⁠


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#playtime #outside #accountabilitypartner

Reminder: Change can be hard.⁠

⁠Especially when it comes to making changes to your health and wellbeing. ⁠I should know, I`ve been teaching, training and coaching people for 15 years now!⁠ ⁠

When we try to change something without first accepting it, we can be setting ourselves up to fail. ⁠

The fact that there is something you don’t like in your life is not a sign that you are a bad person, partner, parent, colleague, boss or friend.⁠

It just means that you’re a person. ⁠

And that might need some acceptance too. ⁠

This is where mindfulness comes in. Let go of perfection and the need to get it right 100% of the time. Instead, meet yourself where you`re at. ⁠

Read my post on How Perfectionism is keeping you from reaching your goals ⁠- link in my bio.⁠

🧘 ⁠

#behaviorchangecoach #mindfulness #itsallconnected #accountabilitycoach ⁠

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