Enjoy the Journey 

Now that we have discussed the steps I believe lead to a growth mindset and greater wellness, I want to introduce to you my final tip: Enjoy the journey. Your experiences will be much more rewarding if you apply this strategy to your daily life. Not only will you give your brain a boost of positive feeling, you will likely continue to create successes. Your brain loves success and will want to continue the path toward wellness.

There are more, yet here are my favorite ways to enjoy the journey…



#1 Celebrate successes and wins along the way

The key to making progress is to celebrate the small wins, even when you think they are too small. Wins like these I’ve listed below can, combined or not, create the perfect environment for wellness.

  • • Meal planning two times per month
  • • Practicing gratitude once per week
  • • Taking five intentional, deep breaths each day
  • • Going to bed earlier one night per week
  • • Skipping the glass of wine with dinner two nights per week
  • • Unsubscribing from one superfluous email
  • • Avoiding social media for one full day
  • • Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new



#2 Teach others how to achieve a growth mindset

Now that you have the tools you need to make these mindset shifts in your own life, I challenge you to teach others how to do the same. The way we become better at our craft is to be so good that we teach others. This will “sharpen our blade” of wellness and will “catch on” with others teaching others!

  • • Your friend Sally is upset with feedback she received from a family member who said she is “too set in her ways.” She took the feedback as a personal attack on her character. Help her understand that she can use the feedback she received as an opportunity to make a positive change, or even to consider it a gift, and remain more open-minded in the future. Once she makes this mindset shift, she will be able to appreciate the feedback she received and move forward without any hard feelings. She may even decide to ask for feedback more often in the future!

There are so many things out of our control, yet what we can control is our mindset and how we approach every situation in our lives. Adopt these strategies for a growth mindset and you will be better equipped to handle whatever life throws at you.



To wrap up my series, here are four ways you can achieve a growth mindset and live a wellness-centric and contented lifestyle.

  • • Cultivate a sense of purpose
  • • Focus on the process, not the outcome
  • • View challenges as opportunities for growth
  • • Enjoy the journey

If you’d like to try out our Small Group Training and Small Group Yoga with Lis, you can email her at alicia@alexandriawellness.com. Like all of us at Alexandria Wellness, she too exudes a growth mindset!


  • The latest from Adrien
Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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