“Once Your Mindset Changes, Everything On The Outside Will Change Along With It.”
– Steve Maraboli
There is nothing as compelling as a focused mind. If you want to make a change in life it’s essential to start with the inward change. After all it is not about what happens to you in your lifetime it’s about how you responded to it. Changing, adapting and growing your mindset in a positive way can have a fundamental impact on how your life works out at any stage. I’ve realized that the two things that make the most difference to mindset is experience and knowledge. Becoming aware of how things unravel in your life. Taking time to learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others who have come before you is an invaluable lesson.
Everything is a work in progress. It’s not easy starting a daily discipline to shift and build on your mindset but it can make a lot of difference in your life and the lives of others around you.
Since my struggle with M.E. I’ve had to work hard every day on shifting my mindset from fear to strength and being open to change. Over the past year I have learnt to love this process as it has opened my mind to new possibilities. We all have good days and bad, but I know with the right mindset I am getting stronger everyday physically and mentally.
Here are my top 6 tips to shift your mindset and embrace change:
I BECAME MINDFUL –
I started doing two yoga or body balance classes a week in January this year and it’s something that I’ve kept up because it gives me time to turn that phone off, shut out the world and become centered. I sleep better for it and feel more productive when I’m working. My mindset is a muscle that I can strengthen and improve. I do this by continually learning the exercise of meditation and prayer. I’ve also heard good things about apps like Headspace, which goes through beginner meditation tips such as disciplining yourself to just 10 minutes a day for 10 days.
I MADE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT A PRIORITY FOR MYSELF –
I read something instructional for 30 minutes a day at least. I also listen to educational or motivational podcasts when I’m on the move. Taking the time to work on your own development can be challenging especially in our busy lives. But, it is the only way I’ve found to equip myself for change and dealing with the inescapable stress of my life’s ups and downs and the journey towards my goals effectively. My personal growth and path allows me to continually learn and embrace change.
I FOCUS ON MY LONG TERM VISION –
I’ve found change can sometimes be uncomfortable, but I know that it is essential if I want my work and myself to grow. I’ve learnt to embrace this fact and look forward to my long-term goals and vision. To keep my eye on the prize and remind myself WHY I’m doing what I’m doing everyday.
I ASK FOR HELP –
I’ve had to work hard on remembering that asking for help is a sign of strength. When I think about change I know it’s important for me to engage and communicate with others to help me through it. It is OK to ask for help. Going through M.E. made me extremely aware how important support is. Going through any type of change in life with a support system of friends, family & colleagues makes it not only a lot easier but often more successful.
I STARTED NOTICING & WRITING DOWN 3 POSITIVE CHANGES OR GRATITUDE NOTES PER DAY –
This is something I’d read in self development books time and time again:
“Every night list things you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life.” – Oprah Winfrey.
By making the effort to write down gratitude notes and positive effects of change for work and growth I’ve retrained my brain to see change as an opportunity for growth and I am so much more aware of just how BLESSED I am.
I’VE UNDERSTOOD THAT CHANGE IS GOOD & NECESSARY –
Everyone obviously hates losing compared to winning. But I have changed my mindset to believe that change is good. Since I am goal orientated I obviously want to continue achieving more on every scale and moving forward. If I am not moving forward and growing then I’m going to get left behind:
“If you are not growing, you are dying.” – Tony Robbins.
Understanding this has been important for me to be able to accept and embrace any change in my life and work.
What Mindset disciplines do you do?
Is there a book you’d recommend to a friend on shifting your mindset?
I’d love to know.
Have a great day!
Sarah Ellen x