Mindset Habit #25: Use the Power of Your Mind

Over 25 years, sports psychology researcher and mental training consultant Terry Orlick interviewed high performers in various fields (think astronauts, Olympic athletes, world-class musicians, and patients who had survived life-threatening diseases) because he wanted to know what gave these people the edge in their very demanding professions or experiences? He concluded that “Human excellence in virtually all domains is guided by mental factors.”

Based on his research, he identified seven elements of what he calls “The Wheel of Excellence”. These elements are the mental components of success. Use this idea to improve your mindset with IBD.

Quick description:

Practicing it with IBD:
  Commitment     Commitment is saying: I will do this. Your involvement is non-negotiable. You commit yourself not only to succeeding, but to doing the behaviors that allow and enable you to succeed. Find time each day to improve your habits. Drink more water, make sure you take your meds, meditate, practice self-compassion, etc.
  Belief Simply saying: “I can do this.” It’s the feeling that success is possible, and the feeling that your goals are meaningful. Understand that tough doesn’t equal can’t. Believe that you can feel better, even when you are not feeling great, and you’ll recover quicker and feel better faster.
  Full focus You’re “in the zone” and all your attention is directed at achieving your goals. You concentrate hard on your priorities, and you don’t allow yourself to be knocked off track by irrelevant details. Stay focused on ONE habit at a time and continue practicing it until it becomes second nature. Give yourself all the time you may need.
  Positive imagery Positive images of success that should nourish you and bring you joy, inspire you and fire you up, and are meaningful and give you a sense of purpose   Copy and model others that have achieved what you wish to achieve. Practice seeing yourself living the life you wish to lead.
  Mental readiness A state of relaxed alertness and openness. You’re open to new experiences, excited to practice your skills, and prepared to learn and grow. Give yourself the calm, relaxed, and quiet space to practice your habits. Remember that it will be ok. Find professional help if you feel the need (I did).
  Distraction control If you fall down, get back up. If you screw up, learn from it then clean the slate. If you get distracted, learn to re-focus. Everyone has “messed up”. You do not need to be perfect. Give yourself the freedom to fail. See what you can learn from it. Fail again, fail better.
  Ongoing learning Everything is a chance to learn something about yourself — to gain skills, insight, and knowledge. Appreciate that this may feel like a marathon with no finish line. Health doesn’t have a timer. It is a lifelong practice. Enjoy that idea.

Try this:

Pick 1 of the above elements that interests you the most and ask yourself, “how can I use the element to practice a better mindset with IBD?”

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