If you’ve ever started a new fitness routine or diet strong only to fall off the wagon after a couple of months, this new mindset is for you!
The Day 1 mindset is the simple belief that: every day is day 1.
Day 1 is typically the first day of doing something. After day 1 you continue on with day 2, day 3, day 4, etc. Simple right?
It’s kinda like you start something one day and then continue on forever. With the all or nothing mindset, this is what you’d believe. You get one chance to start and then from there it’s 100% forever. If not it’s all over and you’re back to nothing.
By adopting a day 1 mindset, you start to build the belief that every day is a new chance to start over.
It focuses on building the getting started muscle and helps you realize that every day is a new day to pursue your goals.
Any time you strive for a goal it’s going to take many twists and turns and ups and downs to get there. Reaching a goal is never a linear path. There will be setbacks, struggles and failures.
Building habits and momentum is great, but it’s not JUST the momentum that will get you there. Even if you’ve done something for 21 days in a row and supposedly built a habit, it’s still hugely beneficial to see the next day as day 1 again. The focus shifts from “not breaking the streak” to “today is another chance to keep going in the right direction”.
Just because you succeeded at something yesterday, doesn’t mean you’re going to succeed at it today.
This may sound daunting at first because getting started is the hard part, but you’ll notice a change after a while. You’ll start to see that day 1 gets easier and easier. The momentum you build helps solidify this belief. Eventually, if or when you miss a day, the next day is still day 1 again and it’s not as hard to get back on track.
If you can realize that every single day is a brand new day and a brand new chance to take one more step forward in the right direction, then you truly have the day 1 mindset.
You lose the fear of failing because the next morning it no longer matters.
I challenge you to give this a try for the next 30 days. See every day as day 1 and let me know if it starts to get easier.
If you liked this, I recently wrote another post on the same topic. Even further back in time, I wrote an article about the All-or-Nothing mindset which is worth a read as well 😉