The number one thing that will determine if you’re successful or not is your mindset. So what do we mean by “mindset”? It’s literally a setting of the mind. It’s the assumptions and expectations we have for ourselves and others. And these attitudes guide our behavior and influence our responses to daily events. This affects our health and well-being – even our success (or lack thereof) in life.
There are 3 studies that were done at Yale University that I’d like to mention to help me explain the importance of mindset.
The 1st study was done on patients that had thoracic surgery. You don’t have to know much about this particular type of surgery to understand that recovery is very painful. To help with the pain, the patients were given morphine. 1/2 of the patients had their morphine administered by a doctor at their bedside, while the other half received theirs by a pre-programmed timed drip in their IV.
Although both sets of patients received the same amount of morphine, the patients that had theirs administered by a doctor reported significant deductions in their pain levels. The other group that didn’t know they were receiving the morphine didn’t seem to experience the same benefit from the morphine.
The 2nd study consisted of a group of 84 hotel housekeepers in 7 different hotels across the country. Although they are on their feet all day, use a variety of muscles and burn an extraordinary amount of calories just doing their job, they didn’t consider it exercise. 2/3 third of the group reported not doing any exercise at all.
Again, the group was split into two. Both groups underwent a series of tests measuring weight, blood pressure, body fat and job satisfaction. One of the groups was given a 15-minute presentation that basically explained that their job was good exercise. It outlined how much calories were burned during things like changing the linen and vacuuming. The other group wasn’t shown the presentation.
After 4 weeks, both groups were tested and the group that was shown the presentation dropped weight, had lower blood pressure, body fat decreased and reported an increase in job satisfaction. The other group that didn’t receive the information didn’t change.
In the 3rd study participates were paid $75 to drink a shake while being hooked up to an IV that tested their blood. The researchers were tracking the hunger hormone, Ghrelin. This hormone rises when we haven’t eaten in a while, signaling to the brain that it’s time to seek out food. The result is that our metabolism slows down in case we don’t find the food. The shake that was given to the participants was The Sensi Shake. It has 0 fat, 0 added sugar and 140 calories. After drinking the guilt free shake, the participants Ghrelin levels dropped, but only slightly. This means the brain was signaled that some food was consumed, but not a whole lot.
A week later, the same participants returned and was told that they were consuming a shake called Indulgence. This shake had 6200 calories, 30 grams of fat and 56 grams of sugar.
After consuming this shake, the participant’s Ghrelin level dropped significantly – 3 times the amount from the first shake consumed.
This result would seem logical because the amount of Ghrelin dropped in portion to the amount of calories consumed; however, in actuality, the participants were given the Sensi Shake! In other words, despite what was told to them, the participants were given the same shake both times.
What does this all mean?
These simple studies prove that what you believe, expect and think determines your body’s response.
Consider your own life. What is your mindset? How can you shift and alter it to have it be more beneficial to you?