Master Your Mindset
Mindset is one of the most important factors that makes or breaks a person, shaping your life for better or for worse. While it’s easy to get bogged down by negative news or problems that arise, choosing to maintain a positive outlook is a choice. Exercising this choice consistently builds habit, much like muscle, so you can overcome anything mentally and move forward in your life.
So what do you do if your circumstances are less than rosy? As the old saying goes, the same water that softens the potato hardens the egg. Your life experiences don’t hold all the power to shape your life, but your response to it does. Recognizing the importance of your mindset in shaping your current reality, and thus your future, will allow you to make the necessary changes to become mentally strong and unstoppable.
So how do you take back control over your mind if you’ve spent too much energy worrying about things outside of your control? How do you shape a positive, resilient outlook and mindset in the face of adversity?
1. Your Power Lies in Choice
The first step is recognizing the power you hold in the choices you make every single day. You choose what you focus on. You choose your daily actions. If you have bad habits, you have the power now, today, to choose differently. It starts with the simple decision to make a better choice. The effects are felt immediately, as you begin to feel empowered in your ability to shape a different tomorrow with the choices you make today.
2. Focus on What You Can Control- Your Thoughts and Actions
Your ability to take your power back is yours alone when you realize the only things you have total control over are your thoughts and your actions. Everything else is outside of your control and spending your precious time worrying about such things is unproductive and takes away from the very things you do have control over. Focus instead on the things that you have total control over- your thoughts and actions.
3. The Ability to Change your Life Lives in the Now
Realign your focus into the now. Are you living in the present or is your mind stuck in the past or years into the future? The ability to change your life lives in the NOW. The thoughts you think today. The choices you make now. Let the past go and let the future be. Your mindset must not be years in the past or the future, but in the power of today.
What can you do to move yourself one step forward? Focus 100% of your effort on being the best you can be today, positively impacting the tomorrows of your life.
4. Self-Talk Will Make or Break You
How you talk to yourself matters. Your brain hears 100% of the things you are saying, and then goes ahead and believes these thoughts. Speak kindly to yourself. Would you speak with a friend how you are speaking to yourself? If not, change your inner dialogue and be mindful of the thoughts you entertain. Censor yourself from harsh words, criticisms and negative self-talk. You will notice a difference when you start doing this. Successful people and athletes have positive, empowering self-talk, allowing them to overcome obstacles and push onward.
5. Have a Can-Do Attitude in the Face of Adversity
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right”. This famous quote highlights the importance of your beliefs in yourself. Obstacles will arise. This is part of life. How you handle yourself when these obstacles arise determines the outcome. Do you back down when problems come and give up? Or do you believe in your ability to handle anything that comes your way?
Adversity is temporary. Recognizing this fact will help you in moving through the obstacles that stand in your way. You must have a solid belief in yourself that you can handle anything that arises and have faith that better times will come. This confidence will help you to overcome adversity. Adopting an unshakeable belief in yourself and can-do attitude will take you through the worst and into the best times of our life.
Why Mindset Matters So Much
Mindset matters. It’s the thing that gets us to either show up in the world in a big way or to sit back down and shy away from things we don’t ‘feel’ we can do. Mindset is the deciding factor between those who go after their dreams or those who choose to live complacently. Choose to master your mind. The world is waiting and in need of people who believe in themselves and believe in the power of changing for the better to make the world a better place. You can be unstoppable. You can push your limits and do the hard things, but it first starts in your mind. Master your mindset and then go out and master your world.