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I know, it sounds all to fairy tale-ish, right? But I am a firm believer that if you really want something, you'll figure out a way to do it. You might think, that's bull hockey, Shay or I can't do it or whatever crappy excuse you're giving yourself to not succeed.
However, challenging your mindset may be the greatest achievement of your life. Why? Well, here’s why you want to be challenging your mindset dollface!
Do You Fear Change?
Many of us live and die by a task list, a schedule, goals and a plan. I know, I know. It's happened to me before and even now sometimes. I’m not letting my goals go. There are things that I want to accomplish and I’m sure you do too! But when things don’t happen and we’re thrown for a loop, we’re not sure what to do sometimes.
Change can actually be, and most often is, an opportunity. It may be an opportunity for wealth. It may be an opportunity for growth. It may be an opportunity to learn something new. Or it may simply be an opportunity see things differently.
When you take advantage of change you push your boundaries, you open up a whole new world of possibilities and you make room for something bigger in your life.
Contemplate whether you fear change or just the fear of moving into the unknown and what you can do to embrace it instead.
Do You Allow Yourself To Think Outside The Box?
Innovation stems from thinking outside of the box (Wifi, Apple, Uber) and if you stop to take a look around you, innovation is EXTREMELY profitable.
The most dramatic example might be the airplane. Before the Wright brothers stopped to think about what was possible, people assumed flight wasn’t.
What about landing on the moon? Before this even happened, who really thought it was possible? Probably darn near no one. And hellooooo Apollo 11. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon! On the freaken moon…
Talking on the phone with someone halfway around the world or chatting with them on your computer? Video chatting? Facebook Lives? eBooks? Who would have thought this “out of the box” thinking could bring a whole new meaning to life and business!
Now these are all technology-based innovations, but there are a million products and services just waiting to be pondered and put into action. Give yourself “what if” time.
Contemplate the possibilities without any limitations. Don’t think about what you need to make something possible, not at first; just think about what is possible – dream about what is possible.
Full disclosure… I’ve never had an issue with this. Imagining what my life will look like when I have our waterfront house, enjoying the kids playing and kayaking with us feels good. Sometimes I try to imagine really out of the box things like jumping on big marshmallows. Random, right? But it’s so cool getting lost in imagination.
My hubby on the other hand has an incredibly hard time thinking about this stuff for some reason. He can’t really think of life outside the box. So
Explore Your Limiting Beliefs
Have you ever thought, “I can’t”? Of course you have, we all have. I know I have. Even with writing this blog, I get this fear of someone potentially insult or critique me. That’s the easiest type of limiting belief to recognize and eliminate.
Now, whenever you think, say or feel that you can’t, stop yourself and think, feel, visualize and say “I can.” Other limiting beliefs are more difficult to recognize. We’re talking about those beliefs you grew up with that permeate your life, though they may not be true. Something I grew up with and it was instilled in me was that I needed to go to school, get a job and go door to door (my parents are Jehovah's Witnesses). Imagine jumping out of that life and being this free loving person who coaches others?
I can't possibly try to make my parents understand but with each limiting belief I recognize within myself, I take the time to think about why and how it came to be and I do my best to bust it. It doesn't always happen right then and there, but it does happen.
An easier example might be, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but is it really true? Is it true for you? Of course if you’re rich, you’re probably thinking, “I hope so!”
But that's not the point. The point is to recognize the beliefs you have and to examine them to see if they’re true and if they’re limiting you from being and accomplishing all that you can.
If they are, explore how you can change that belief into an empowering one that supports you and your goals. They say that you can change your reality and it starts with your thoughts and beliefs.
Understand Your Thoughts Are 100% Under Your Control
There’s an amazing sense of empowerment when you realize that you can control your thoughts. It can mean the end of negative self-talk, a closed mindset, and self-doubt. Of course, it takes time to recognize all of the limiting thoughts and learn how to change your mindset, but it is an effort that is well worth the time and energy. It isn't going to happen overnight, but it can happen.
You can control how you perceive events, how you react to challenges, and how you relate to others. When you’re able to change your mindset and control your thoughts, a whole world of opportunities opens up for you.
Mindset is a powerful thing. It can lead us astray, drive us from our strongest hopes and desires or help us fulfill our biggest dreams. Taking time to cultivate a positive mindset can change your life.
Because what grown ass person doesn’t want homework right? I literally laughed as I was typing that.
What are 3 things you can do to maintain your mindset daily?
Take out a piece of paper and write it down! And put it in a place where you’ll see it everyday. It’s your daily reminder and it will help make your mindset shifts easier.
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