I was talking to my little sister recently, and she told me she was shifting her mindset to help her face some new challenges in her life. She said, "I don't HAVE to go to work. I GET to go to work." Our conversation was a great reminder of the power of our minds.
Some definitions of mindset include:
- a person's way of thinking
- an established set of attitudes held by someone
- a mental attitude or inclination
Our thoughts and attitude have the power to affect everything we say and do. Remember this old quote?
Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
It is so true! It all starts with our thoughts. So, how can we shift into a positive mindset and set ourselves up for success? Here are a few tips:
Prepare your mind. When you wake up each day, resist the urge to pick up your phone and start scrolling on social media or checking your email. Instead, read a few pages of a book or write down a few thoughts. You could even try some meditation. All these things help clear your mind before the world starts bombarding you with outside influences. They also help you take control of the day so when it's time to get to work, you can really focus.
Look at the big picture. It's so important to remember your "why." Why do you get up and go to work every day? To provide for your family? To save enough money for your dream vacation? Remembering your "why" keeps you motivated during tough times.
Be grateful. Focus on what you DO have instead of what you DON'T have. Your life may not be perfect, but you have a home, a job, friends, etc. Count your blessings and stay positive.
When you shift into a more positive mindset, you'll see some powerful changes in your life. You'll be less bothered by the small stuff. You'll be less interested in negativity and gossip. You'll be more productive. You'll have a more healthy outlook on life. Now, shifting your mindset does take some time and effort, and it's an ongoing thing as life continues to present new challenges, but if you can just prepare your mind each morning, you'll set yourself up for a successful day.