Have you tried to make a change in your life but found it more challenging than it seems? The reason for this difficulty may have less to do with willpower and more to do with your mindset. Achieving well-being, losing weight, and regaining confidence can be challenging, but it's possible with small mindset shifts and a commitment to self-improvement. So, how can you unlock your winning mindset? Here are six tips that will help you reach your goals and live the life you desire.


Focus on Progress, Not Perfection


It's important to acknowledge and celebrate small wins along the way. Take the time to appreciate your progress, even if it's less than you had hoped for. Change takes time, and setbacks and obstacles are a natural part of the journey. By focusing on progress, you can stay motivated and keep moving forward.


Practice Self-Compassion


Treat yourself with the same kindness and compassion you would offer to a good friend. Be gentle and supportive. Acknowledge your feelings and forgive any perceived failures. Accept yourself as you are, and remember that you are enough.


Find your WHY


Identify your motivation to adopt healthier habits, lose weight, and improve overall well-being. Visualize your future self. How do you feel? What are you able to do that you couldn't do before? What makes this important to you? When we have a meaningful "why," we're much more likely to stay committed to our goals.


Embrace a Growth Mindset


Believe in yourself and your ability to learn, grow, and improve. Welcome new challenges, even if they feel uncomfortable or difficult. Approach them with a sense of curiosity and openness. Look at a "mistake" as a learning opportunity for growth. Adopt a "not yet" line of thinking. Learn from your challenges and keep going. Remember, progress, not perfection. Keep your eye on the bigger picture.


Be Grateful


When we view our habits/actions as something we must do, it can feel like a chore. This may lead to resentment and eventually cause us to give up altogether. Shifting your perspective from "I have to" to "I get to" can help us be more mindful of the positive impact our healthy habits have on our life. For example, instead of thinking of exercise as something you have to do, think of it as a way to show respect and love for your body and express gratitude for all it allows you to do.


Form Long-Term Habits


When we see our change as temporary, it's easy to revert to our old habits when things get tough. But, if we commit to making a habit permanent, it becomes a positive part of our life. So, instead of thinking of your new healthier eating style as something you're doing until you lose weight, think of it as a way of eating that makes you feel better, gives you energy, and improves your health and well-being. The same goes for exercise, sleep habits, and any other area you want to improve. Reframe your new healthy habits as a long-term investment in your health and well-being.




Developing a winning mindset takes time and effort, but it's worth it. By focusing on progress, practicing self-compassion, finding your "why," embracing a growth mindset, being grateful, and forming long-term habits,  you can develop a winning mindset and live radiantly. Remember that small steps lead to significant results. So, take the first step today and start your journey towards a healthy mindset.

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by Vicki Runnels

Health & Nutrition Coach
I take a holistic approach to health and fitness, recognizing that it's not just about numbers on a scale, but about overall well-being. I get that women over 40 face unique challenges when it comes to weight loss and fitness, and my approach goes beyond simple diet and exercise plans. I address the whole person, taking into consideration factors such as mindset, lifestyle, habits, and emotional well-being. I believe empowering women to make sustainable changes that fit into their busy lives, without resorting to restrictive diets or deprivation is important. By focusing on mindset shifts women cultivate a positive relationship with their bodies and food and develop healthy habits that can be maintained for the long term. Women can achieve not just physical transformation, but also gain renewed energy, confidence, and a sense of empowerment to thrive in midlife and beyond. Years ago, I lost 35 lbs but not before trying all sorts of diets…. So I can relate to my clients and understand their struggles. If I can do it, I know you can too! I'm here to walk beside, guide you and help you design your healthier, happier life.
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