Mindset is Everything: 7 Tips to Actually Help You Win at Life
As a child, I was able to fly and swim underwater just like a fish. Of course, not really, but those were some of the dreams I remember having as a child. I was definitely not limited by my fears.
Mindset is everything as it is our reality. Our thoughts are very much real to us. All too often we find ourselves afraid to be vulnerable. We are afraid to be seen, take a chance, or experience rejection.
I am here to say, the risk is worth it! You have tons of talent. In fact, us girls can do some pretty amazing things when we believe in ourselves.
I will share with you ways to get the most out of life. These mindsets tips below will give you the win over fear and set you on the path to purpose.
Adopt a healthy mindset. Really experience peace and live a life free of fear.
A healthy mindset is one that is well and fit. You could also think of it as a strong mindset. In addition, a healthy mind is free from illness.
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So exactly how do you go about adopting a healthy mindset?
It helps to start by identifying your fears. What exactly triggers your nervousness? Try to name it. Because once it is identified you can come up with a strategic plan to win.
Questions to ask yourself include: What am I thinking about right now that is making me uncomfortable? Has anything changed in my body or my environment to provoke this feeling? What would improve this feeling?
Let’s look at an example. You are a stay-at-home mom. You just got the kids off to school and your husband has left for work. As you go about your daily routine you start to feel uneasy.
A likely answer would be the stay-at-home mom fears being alone. A change has occurred in her environment. In turn, this has caused her mind to come up with worse case scenarios or thinking errors.
Now that your fear is identified. Design a well thought out plan to do some self-monitoring and correcting of unhealthy thought patterns. Check-in with yourself daily or every couple of months for self-monitoring. Read a compelling daily devotional to correct your thought patterns.
Now to replace fear with peace. A great way to really experience peace in your life is to tackle any trust issues you may have. A lack of trust can certainly disturb your peace of mind. To truly believe that things will work out for you takes a bit of trust.
Note there is a difference between peace and perfect peace. Your mind stayed on God + trust = perfect peace. That is an awesome promise which cannot be matched by anything you find in this world.
Embrace the right mindset. Are you living in the present?
I like to think of this as the right now mindset. Are you mentally present in your everyday interactions? How often are you talking about things that have happened in the past?
Friendly reminder. There is nothing you can do about the past. Not too much you can do about the future either. Yes, of course, plan for your future. Plans and goals give us direction.
The point I’m trying to make here is don’t be so consumed with the past or future that you forget to be present in the moment. It is especially important to engage in what is in front of you because that is where you have the greatest impact.
Find something you like about each subject, task, or duty that will help with your engagement. Speak up, share your opinion, join in the conversation. This way it helps you to enjoy the topic and stay involved.
Show up today fully engaged in the task at hand. Give whatever it is your full attention. You just may notice an opportunity or be noticed by an employer. These opportunities may not be otherwise present.
Your mindset is everything. What are you going to do today to stay in the moment? Let me know in the comments.
Ditch the fixed mindset. Open your mind to an ambitious new passion.
Not many things in life are certain. Although to keep a fixed mindset or the same way of doing things, you will without a doubt stay where you are. You can gain so much more by opening your mind to another approach.
I get it. Sometimes you just feel dead set against something. You are not interested in trying anything new, there is only one way you like to do things, or you may feel it’s never going to work with your budget or schedule.
Try changing your environment it just may spark something incredible within you. Get a new buddy, someone who encourages you to achieve more. Go someplace different, a change of scenery can be very inspiring.
I am not saying be gullible. Have the guts to say no when you should. But do be willing to learn and blossom.
It is super hard to win in life if you are not teachable. Opening your mind will produce a new understanding. The more you understand the further you will climb. It’s time to reach new heights!
Take on a positive mindset. Fill your mind with something cheerful.
So, this one is going to take some practice. Who can really be positive all the time? The goal is not to necessarily be positive all the time. But more often than not you can look for and find the bright spot.
Here are a few items that may serve as a bright spot throughout your day.
- The love of Jesus, your family, and friends
- Joy that is found in children
- Peace with the idea that all your needs are met
- Kindness showed to you or that you have shown to another person
- Your feelings after a recent exchange of gifts
- Gentleness from your parents or a spouse
To fill your mind with something cheerful will brighten your outlook. Not only that you will rub off on other people. It is a great way to build a winning team. A successful team is how you go the distance in your business or private life.
Mindset is everything. Sooner or later even on your not so good days, you will be able to readily see the positive.
The other side of this is guarding your positive mental attitude. You don’t want to be full of cheer only to be flooded with negativity. Don’t let people steal your joy with complaining, the latest gossip or news.
Cultivate a growth mindset. A vibrant new you awaits.
How much would you enjoy a makeover! Have your hair and nails done with striking new makeup. Let’s not forget a stylish new outfit. That is kind of what cultivating a growth mindset is like.
Though the transformation of a growth mindset takes place on the inside. You feel a confidence boost within.
It does help with some external renewing as well. People will notice the change in you. Your belief that you can get the job done will literally cause you to soar!
The concept of a growth mindset was coined by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and colleagues. She describes people with a growth mindset as those who want to learn. Their desire leads to high levels of achievement and a greater sense of free will.
Do you have a growth mindset? Here are some questions to explore your mindset:
- How do you respond to challenges? Do you embrace or avoid challenges?
- How do you view obstacles? Do you give up easily or persist in the face of setbacks?
- Are you willing to put forth the effort? Do you see your efforts as fruitless or a path to mastery?
- Do you receive criticism well? Do you ignore useful constructive feedback? Are you willing to learn from feedback?
- How do you view the success of others? Do you feel threatened or inspired by the success of others?
After giving these questions some thought, would you say that you have a growth mindset? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear!
As you foster a growth mindset this would be a great opportunity to start journaling. Write down where you are now with your thoughts. Jot down your outlook on life.
Take note of where you dream to be. Include as many details as you can!
When you come back to this page in your journal at a later date you will clearly see just how far you have come! So, find opportunities in each day to be stretched even if it is just a little bit. No growth happens in your comfort zone.
Take a step back to reflect on your experiences, their meaning, and the subsequent lessons learned.
All of this growth will leave you with a mind full of ways to win!
Invest in personal development. Carve out time to grow and learn.
This area is extra important. I know we all understand how significant our diet is to our physical health (and our mental health for that matter). The non-food items we feed our minds are super important as well.
One way to improve the quality of what you allow to fill your mind is through personal development. So, what exactly is personal development? According to Indeed personal development is “the ongoing act of assessing your life goals and values and building your skills and qualities to reach your potential.”
Just to have the potential to do a job is not good enough. There are steps you must take in order to realize your abilities.
So, you absolutely have a hand in creating your win. You get to decide on exciting new ways to polish your abilities. In fact, completely change or renovate your skillset if you so choose.
A few ways to invest in your personal development include:
- Education or training- Have you considered going back to school? Is there some additional on-the-job training you can receive to enhance your skills?
- Mentorship or coaching- A mentor or coach is an awesome way to get a different perspective and receive guidance. Be open to actually paying for their services. A great mentor or coach is priceless.
- Self-help- Find time to read. Exercise a few times weekly. Both will strengthen your personal development skills.
How much time are you currently investing in your personal development? What is the last lesson you learned through your self-improvement? Share your answer with us in the comments. I would love to know what you’ve been up to.
Building a strong mind is key to your win. One way to do this is by developing your capabilities and potential. You can find tons of personal development courses online with many of them being free!
Don’t forget, it is not good enough to only put positive things into your mind. There is also a need to protect or guard your mind against harmful effects. Setting boundaries are a good way to limit your intake of toxic influences.
Growing and learning is a lifelong process. Maintain your progress by creating healthy habits around what you consume.
Truly, your mindset is everything.
Do the hard work
I want to be upfront and say this whole changing your mindset thing is a process. Though it is one that you can totally do!
Some of the ideas you have about yourself have been with you for a very long time. So, it will take some deep digging to get to the root of why you think the way you do.
It may require some support. So, reach out to others to help you on this journey. You will be surprised just how many people are rooting for you!
So where do you start? Here is a sample strategy to do the work.
- Assess your thoughts. Take note of your thought content said another way, what do your thoughts consist of e.g. fears, confidence. You can also ask those close to you what they observe.
- Identify the thought. Do your thoughts contribute to your wellness?
- Plan the change you would like to see. Would you like to entertain thoughts that are more open to risk-taking?
- Intervene. What action will you take to adopt new thought patterns? You can challenge your thoughts with the truth.
- Evaluate your progress and effectiveness. Have you noticed a change in your thinking? Adjust and find new interventions.
Renovate your mind and transform your life. Start today. The process you adopt will get easier with practice.
After all, Mindset is Everything
If only we thought like our childhood selves today. We would be fearless again. We would entertain some really big dreams.
There’s something to be said about childlike faith. Not exactly knowing how things are going to work out but trusting the process.
Ok, so we are no longer exactly like that bright-eyed child. I say that small child is still somewhere in all of us! The child that dares to dream and has faith in her abilities. Yet as adults we are better in a position to work our talents and make the most of opportunities.
That is your key to success!
So be vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to be seen. Take a chance.
Your mindset allows you to see all the ways you can enjoy a life full of wins. Upgrade your mindset today and win back your happiness and success.
I had so much fun writing this article!
I would love to hear from you in the comments. In what areas do you struggle with your mindset? What do you do to maintain a healthy mindset?