Forget Your Gym Bag. All You Need is the Mindset

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Forget your gym bag, all you need is your Mindset

By: David Folmer

Every day we show up to the box, whether we come in breathing fire or hoping to not get burned, we are pursuing betterment. However, no matter how fresh or fatigued our legs feel, there is something else that is much more powerful: our mindset.

There are a million and a half ways of describing this concept: “mind over matter,” “life is only as good as your mindset,” “mindset is everything,” “beautiful minds are hard to find,” “eliminate the mindset of ‘can’t’ and do anything!,” etc. blah. However, none of these feel good quotes do anything to demonstrate power that a growth mindset can have over a fixed mindset.


A fixed mindset is one that is inherently set at birth, unchanging, and is largely based on the idea that one is born with a finite amount of talent, drive, attributes aptitude, or ability. We all have heard statements made by people with this mindset. This is the “oh, I am just not good at wall balls,” “I’ll never squat my body weight,” “Oh what does it matter, I’m not going to the Games.” Unfortunately, this fixed mindset is also the basic underpinning of what people allow to stand in their way of growth. As soon as something gets difficult, they receive critical feedback, or they are outside their comfort zone, they match it with a fixed mind set label, justify or excuse their lack of grit, and move on with the goal or wish unachieved or unfulfilled.


A growth mindset is one that is believes everything can be learned, developed, or cultivated. This is the person that believes that anything is possible, that achieving mastery is a product of drive, focus, and commitment, not talent, luck, and chance, and someone that sees things they are not good at as “areas of opportunity” that they actively try to identify, plan for, and destroy with massive action until that “area of opportunity” becomes a “specific competency.”


Mat Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir are shining star examples of a growth mindset. If either of them are exposed to a weakness, there is no, “whelp, I hope that doesn’t come up in competition.” There is only full openness to the opportunity, and massive action to start the transformation. Thomas Edison is a shining example of a growth mindset, as showcased by his famous quote “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” in his attempts to perfect the lightbulb.  Bill Gates is a shining star example, as shown by his ability to create Microsoft, but only after dropping out of Harvard and running a to-be failed business from 1974-1980 that resulted in net losses of $3,494.  


Now, when it comes to our fitness, everyone has things that may hamper our ability to get to the gym every day, but everyone can engage in the practice of maintaining a mindset to put themselves in the best position possible to succeed. Make it a practice to turn “I have to…”s into “I get to…”s. Focus on the process, and disassociate your effort from the outcome. Relish in the fact that you have already made so many steps towards living a longer, happier, healthier, and more functional lifestyle by embracing that you are part of a vibrant and thriving community.


You can do it. And you deserve it. Now let’s get to work.



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