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Use your mindset to succeed with your goals!

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

It is a series of beliefs we hold about ourselves which determine our behaviour, outlook and mental attitude. To keep it simple - it is a way of thinking.

Your mindset is your collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. And your thought habits influence how you think, what you feel, and behave in a given situation. What you think about consistently has a direct impact on your behaviour.

Whether you believe you are capable of change or stuck where you are, can make or break your ability to reach your goals. These beliefs are formed by things like your physical and social environments, your unique life experiences, education, culture, values, family upbringing and so much more!

Your mindset impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of yourself, so of course, it is unique to you.

“Fear of failure is higher when you’re not working on the problem. If you are taking action, you are less worried about failure because you realise you can influence the outcome” - James Clear

 

So how does it impact nutrition?

Because mindset is a valuable tool that impacts our actions, self-talk and behaviours, it has a huge effect on our ability to achieve our goals. Mindset is learned, so changing it requires both learning and unlearning. This shift can take longer than we might like, but it is this process of learning and growing that builds our growth mindset!

So how does this help us reach our nutrition and health goals?

According to Carol Dweck author of Mindset 

“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead and live your life”

As you probably know following through with your goals and commitments isn’t easy, there are constant challenges that you have to face and it is your mindset that will determine whether you push through or give up.

Changing the way you think starts with identifying how you think. If you are not aware of it you can’t change it. Learning the differences between fixed and growth mindsets can be the difference between reaching your goal or going around in circles.

If you have a fixed mindset you hold the belief that your traits and talents are innate and unchangeable, you are more likely to avoid challenges, give up easily and feel threatened by the success of others.

Whereas if you have a growth mindset, you believe your qualities are based on your efforts and you have the ability to change and improve with effort and time. You know you can learn new things and develop new skills.

With a growth mindset, you embrace change and view failure as a chance to grow and feel inspired by the success of others.

 

This is how it might sound

“If I don’t try then I won’t fail”
            versus
“I only fail when I stop trying"

‘I am not strong enough to be good at lifting”
            versus
“Most beginners are not strong, but if I put in the work I will get there”

‘I am not very good at meal prep”
            versus
“Meal prep feels hard right now, but I am getting better”

Having a growth mindset doesn’t mean you won’t face setbacks, but the way you frame these will be the difference between giving up and trying again.

The good thing is you can use growth mindset habits and self-talk that work in one area and begin to apply them to other trickier areas.

Now that you know the differences between both it’s more obvious why the way you speak to yourself has implications for your success. It’s about telling ourselves that we can get what we want out of life if we put in enough effort and move towards our set goal.

You can have a growth mindset about your growth mindset!

The difference between you in the past and where you are now is proof that you can and will change. Admire yourself for doing the tough stuff - become your own cheerleader.

Remember doing this tough stuff is a choice you are making!

We can take steps to ensure that our children develop growth mindsets by praising efforts, not results. By focusing on the process rather than the outcome, we can help our kids understand that their efforts, hard work, and dedication can lead to change, learning, and growth both now and in the future.

 

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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