Change Your Mindset and Change Your Life
So much of how we function in our daily lives comes down to one thing: mindset. If you’ve ever had a dream or goal, you understand the immense joy if it came true, or the incredible disappointment if it wasn’t achieved. It’s not a surprise then, that those who actively set goals for their dreams and successful reach them usually have something in common, their mindset. How they guide their thoughts, and ultimately their actions has a lot to do with the outcome being positive. Without even realizing it, what sort of mindset we’re stuck in may be what’s most affecting our productivity, relative happiness, and general lack of success.
Your mindset needs to be in kind with your aspirations for them to become actualized. If you’re feeling held back by your own self, it may be time reflect and see where your head’s at. Practicing a new, more positive mindset could be the game-changer you need. Here are some tips and tricks to reset your mindset and change your life.
Recognize the little bits of good.
A full blown miracle shouldn’t have to hit you across the face for you to recognize it. If it’s been difficult for you to recognize the little positives in your life, then this is where you should start. At least twice a day, whether it’s a miracle, or just a tiny happenstance of positivity, recognize it for what it is. Take note of the little things that make you feel joy, warmth, or even just put the tiniest smile on your face.
It’s easier for us to take note of the things that bring us down. After all, negative feelings tend to come on stronger, and linger longer than moments of pure joy. The feeling of joy can be fleeting, but that’s what makes acknowledging even the slightest feelings of happiness so magical. Like any skill, you’ll likely have to retrain your brain to recognize the little bits of good that pop up in everyday life. Maybe it’s watching that cute dog walk down your block every afternoon, or maybe it’s engaging with the family after work or school.
Once a day. Everyday. Give yourself a present.
Gift yourself something small once a day. It doesn’t have to be grand, spendy, or even a physical object. It could be a walk in the park, an extra hour of “me” time, or a darn fine cup of coffee. Whatever it is, physical or mental, treat yourself to something nice. Make it a habit to seek out something small that brings you that bit of extra happiness every single day. Life is short, so treat yourself!
Begin a new morning mindset routine.
Let your body naturally wake you up whenever possible. Drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning. Have a breakfast that won’t make you feel sluggish. There are a million and one tips and tricks to get yourself into a better morning routine, or ways to change your entire “early bird” perspective, but something that’s often overlooked is how we mentally decide to take on each new day.
Start your morning off right by making a mental checklist of the days events. This doesn’t have to be things you’re dreading to do, or even daily errands. This checklist should consist of things you’re looking forward to! Create the feeling of anticipation and enthusiasm as soon as you get up, and give yourself the momentum you may need to keep yourself going throughout the day.
Create a mantra and choose to be kind to yourself.
We’ve all done it. We get up, feel fine, then we hold space for a negative thought about ourselves in our head. Then maybe another. Then a few more. Internalized negative thoughts are bound to show up, but often we let that miserable voice inside our head get the better of us. Just like any other new way of thinking, we have to train our minds not to jump into that pessimistic, defeatist mode. Ultimately, we control what our psyche has to say and can positively alter our once lowered self-esteem.
Create a positive saying or mantra about the day, your life, or yourself. Replace the negative thoughts as they come with your new mantra. Repeat it as often as you need to. It may feel strange at first, but think about how often those negative thoughts arose. You’ve got to counteract all that negative with a fair amount of positive. Write your mantras down in a journal, and revisit them time to time.
Reach out to others.
Our world is consumed by creating friendships or acquaintances through social media. When’s the last time you made the effort to spark up a conversation with someone new in real life? Or even take the time to talk to someone you’ve been neglecting? It’s become a rarity nowadays. Either we can’t find the time, or we don’t see the worth. It’s normal for all of us to crave human interaction, and although we trick ourselves into thinking that liking a photo on an app, or responding to a person’s post online is enough interaction to carry us through our day to day, sooner or later, the trick stops working.
Make the effort to reach out and talk to others. This doesn’t necessarily mean striking up an emotionally invested conversation with every stranger you meet (that would be a lot of emotional labor that you may not be able to give), but you can work toward becoming friendlier with those around you. Recognize the family members, and friends you care for that you may be emotionally neglecting through your lack of interaction. Make a heartfelt effort to show them that you care through your words and actions.
Better Mindset = Better Life
Whether the changes you make are on the small or large scale, this is certain. Deciding to change the way your process and perceive can lead to positivity. Sometimes, our minds and attitudes need a little dusting off before we can continue to strive for happiness, mental healthiness, and self-love.