Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor
Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant and has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets. Dr. Mimi is also a fitness and health advocate, is passionate about helping women to lose weight and feel great, and is the author of the newest book, Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating Mindset, Nutrition, and Exercise Habits for Busy Women.
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How to Improve Your Mindset
- A Standford University IQ versus Attitude study suggests that our attitudes are a better predictor of our success than our intelligence.
- A positive attitude is key to your success and achieving your goals.
- According to Stanford University researcher Carolyn Dweck, there are two types of mindsets or basic core attitudes people possess:
A fixed mindset. People with this type of thinking believe they really can’t change, are often very set in their ways, and are afraid to try new things.
A growth mindset. These people believe that with effort and practice, they can change and grow. They embrace challenges as opportunities to learn something new. They see failure as information to learn from and an opportunity to devise a new strategy or approach to address that challenge.
- People who possess a growth mindset outperform people with a fixed mindset, even if they have a lower IQ.
- When we increase our self-awareness, we develop important insights about ourselves, and this leads to having more control over our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This is important because our thoughts create our feelings that result in our behaviors.
- Incorporating healthy habits is much easier when we work on developing a positive mindset.
- If you can learn how to shift your negative thoughts to positive ones, then you can set in motion a mental habit that can transform your life (body, mind, and spirit). Our brains cannot tell the difference between what’s real and imaginary.
- Example: If you find yourself eating junk food when you are stressed, it may be worthwhile to stop and think about what feelings are behind this behavior: Do you feel unworthy? Do you feel unhealthy, unattractive, or unlovable? Do you lack confidence? Is this why you are feeling bad about yourself, and perhaps why you are eating junk food?
- You also might think about your close associations—your top 5. Do these friends, family, and colleagues have a positive or negative outlook? These associations influence our mood. Do they uplift or drag you down? If they are negative, they can interfere with your motivation to pursue your dreams and goals.
- Develop a different reward system. In our culture, eating surrounds every emotion: eating when we’re sad, glad, stressed… we just keep eating.
- Accept yourself unconditionally. Learn to love and respect yourself regardless of the standards you set for yourself. You can’t hate yourself thin.
- No more excuses. Our minds can easily justify not doing what we set out to do. This may be due to our conditioning and our resistance to change, which is a normal human reaction. Making small, consistent changes over time leads to big results. This is how you will achieve your goals.
Slay Your Dragons, AKA Inner Gremlins (Inner Critic)
Your inner gremlins are the negative voices–the dream busters—that tell us we can’t do something. Manage the inner gremlins by acknowledging them. Then remind yourself that you are smart and competent and that you CAN accomplish your goals. Increasing self-awareness and taking fast action can effectively handle negative self-talk. Another strategy is to keep your goals front and center—vividly imagine your feelings when you reach your goal(s). Action, self-confidence, and competence will eventually hush the most outspoken gremlins.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.
Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor
Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a Nurse Practitioner, Educator, Health/Fitness Advocate. She is also a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the #1 International bestselling book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age, and the newest title: Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating Mindset, Nutrition, and Exercise Habits for Busy Women.
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