Is that true? If you change your mindset can you actually change your life? Yes, it is true. After all, a change in direction creates a change in destination. And if you're ready, there is a great adventure that awaits you.
Wait, an adventure? That sounds like fun. Well, it can be if you know the rules. You see, life itself is really a game. A game you have a good chance of winning if you know what you are doing, you prepare, and have the tools to help you through the tough spots. And make no mistake about it, there will be tough spots. You will need to be prepared for that.
Here's the first rule of the game and the most important one:
So, if you know the rules and take the appropriate action, and enough of it, you can win the game. What you are fighting for is your happiness. Depending on your circumstances, it may not be easy, but it will certainly be worth it.
Most people want more out of life than they are presently getting. But they are stuck. I imagine you've heard the saying, "If you keep doing what you've been doing, you're going to keep getting what you've been getting."
How does that show itself in life? The people who are complaining the most are likely taking the same actions over and over again, never changing. They are stuck, and so they complain.
How about you? Take a moment to look at what you are getting. Are you happy with what you see? No? Then you have to change your mindset from negative to positive, from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. It is mostly in your mind where the battle is fought.
Your mindset is nothing more than your habitual way of looking at things. And, as a mentor once said to me, "For things to change for you, you have to change." I say that to you. You need to change you in order to change your life. All change is done from inside out. Your mindset is where you begin.
Let's stay with the idea that things are not going the way you want them to. And you, like so many others, do not change your mindset. What happens? Well, you might find yourself not only standing still, but actually slipping into a downward spiral.
Life seems to do that to a person who is not growing. Standing still can be very harmful. Unless, of course, you are a very lucky person. Many people, however, are not that lucky and find themselves sliding into an abyss. Not a happy landing at all.
It doesn't have to be that way. You can do something about it. While it's a battle, yes, but it is a battle you can win. Free yourself from the trap. Start now to change your mindset.
If you do not already have one, you must develop a growth mindset. There are people all around you who are growing and changing. How is that possible? It is happening for them because they have developed a growth mindset.
These people have raised their standards of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in their lives. They have changed the beliefs that limit their growth into beliefs that aid their growth. And, they have found and changed strategies that led them to a better life. They even stopped procrastinating for the most part. Imagine what that will do for your life.
For people who have a fixed mindset, it is important for them to know that science has shown the brain to have an attribute called plasticity. The brain's structure and functionality isn't set in stone.
The brain can physically change. And you can make many new connections that break old mental habits that are not working for you. It will take time, of course. Also, preparation and practice. But the good news is it's possible if you are willing to make the effort.
Let's begin with the definition of mindset.
With that in mind, we can begin to change your mindset. Notice in the definition, there two very important words - Fixed and Predetermines.
A mindset is considered fixed when the mind responds over and over again in the same way when confronted with a particular situation. The more often this occurs, the stronger the habit. Repetition matters. Actions become ingrained. This is how people get stuck.
Because the mindset predetermines how you will react to a situation, your behavior will remain unchanged. Time and time again. But, if you change your mindset, the structure of your thinking, you necessarily change your reaction to events and situations. And when you change your reactions, a different outcome will result. Your life will change.
So, it really is true that when you change your mindset, you change your life. It is. And it is simply cause and effect. New thought patterns that are repeated over and over become new habits. New habits mean new results.
To begin, your mindset can become your greatest ally in life or it can sabotage your life. You can determine how it will react. But for that to happen, you have to take control of you mind.
And how do you accomplish that? How do you take control of your mindset? There are many ways to do this. On this website you will find philosophies, techniques and more to help you along your journey. They are all contained in, what I call, your "Accomplish Your Goal Toolbox." Take a look below (More will be added):
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.” - Aristotle
"You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good." - Jerry West
In this process of changing your mindset so as to change your life, you will learn a lot about you. You will learn more about the battle raging in your mind. It's a tug-of-war. You will learn how to take better control of your life by taking control of your mindset. Your life will change. Possibly drastically.
Seneca said thousands of years ago, “It’s all in your head. You have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing. The choice is yours.”
Check out the related article Developing Self-Confidence.
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