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10 Reasons Athletic Men Make Great Husbands

10 Reasons Athletic Men Make Great Husbands

Men who are athletic have some perks when it comes to being husbands that go beyond being able to play catch with their children or being a valuable asset to the neighborhood basketball team. Having a man who enjoys playing sports around the house can benefit your marriage as well. Here are some reasons why they are great to have as a partner.

1. They have a good sense of discipline

Men who play sports often have a solid grasp on working towards specific goals, whether it is improving the defense or planning a workout to improve their strength. This self-discipline translates well to their role as a husband, whether it is managing the family’s finances or perfecting a chicken alfredo dish that their mother used to make when they were younger.

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2. They tend to be sociable

Guys who are athletic are used to being around people, and enjoy the camaraderie of their teammates. Even if they are into solo sports like biking, running or surfing, they enjoy conversing with their fellow bikers, runners or surfers that they see when they train on the trails or the beach. There are many moments as a couple where you will be in social situations and it is nice to have someone by your side who can carry a conversation.

3. They know the benefits of friendly competition

Husbands who are involved in sports are always ready for a little harmless competition between their wives. Whether it is a race to see who can get to the car first or a bet on who will win The Bachelor, life is more fun with these games.

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4. They are often healthier

It goes without saying that husbands who enjoy sports are in good health. This translates well to their relationship at home because not only are they physically fit, but working out makes them mentally happier as well. It also means that they tend to support healthier eating habits for their families as well.

5. They are great role models

Men who have a good sense of discipline from playing sports make great role models for their children. Your children will always look up to their dad as someone who works hard toward their goals, no matter how hard they may be.

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6. They known how to deal with obstacles

Men who are into sports are familiar with hardships that may arise, from a sprained ankle to disagreements with team members. This translates well to their role as a husband because they can face life’s obstacles with grace and not give up when the going gets rough.

7. They know the importance of teamwork

Husbands who enjoy sports know that teamwork is crucial to the success of their team. This carries over to their role as a husband because they understand the importance of unity as a family and working together towards common goals.

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8. They have great leadership skills

Men who play sports are likely to have leadership ability because they often have to make important discussions while they are playing, whether it is to do a certain move or to discuss team strategy with fellow teammates. In life there will be a lot of difficult decisions that you have to make together as a team and it is reassuring to know that you have someone with a strong sense of leadership by your side.

9. They have a lot of energy

Having a husband who is energetic and willing to be up for new adventures is always a plus. Men who are athletic are usually willing to go on a spontaneous bike ride or take a summer road trip along the coast.

10. They can be flexible in their ways

For some men, it can be hard transitioning into marriage from being a bachelor. Luckily, sporty husbands are more likely to help with the daily chores around the house because they are used to trying new moves or plays that their coach or teammates suggest, and they know that taking up a new task is important for the success of the team.

Featured photo credit: Beckham/Nathan Forget via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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