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Setting your mindset for success
I struggle with depression. And depression makes it hard to have a positive mindset.
From the beginning of my business, I’ve had to fight through all sorts of negative thoughts. From “You’re just not good enough” to “Give up now because failure is just around the corner.”
Some days it is easy to just ignore these thoughts and find something positive to focus on but other days it’s almost impossible.
After seven years of ups and downs, I’ve learned a few things about how to change my mindset and I want to share them with you.
What is mindset?
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. – MindsetOnline.com
Mindset is the way you view yourself and your world. It is believing that you can change your situation, or that you can’t.
I’ve always been a pretty positive person and have never been afraid to try new things. I often hear from people how they “could never start a business” or “I don’t know enough to start a blog.”
I never thought I was an expert on starting a business but I knew that I could learn more as I went because my mind was not static.
Six ways to change your mindset
1. Stop limiting yourself
One of the common ways that people need to shift their mindset is to stop limiting their success. Do you ever think “I’ll never be THAT successful” when looking at other people? Or “I’m fine if my business never gets any bigger.”
These are Limiting Beliefs that can stop your forward progress.
When you find yourself thinking one of these limiting thoughts, re-frame it to a more positive outlook. “How would I feel being that successful?” or “My business will grow to be the perfect size for where I am in life.”
2. Surround yourself with positive people
We’ve all had those friendships that drain us with negativity. Some people just can’t seem to focus on the positive even when their lives are going great.
If you find yourself constantly drained by a friend than maybe it is time to let that friendship go and find more positive friends.
Hanging out with positive people has been shown to not only increase your happiness but your success too!
If you need to find some new friends, start looking for those who are building themselves and other up. Their mindset will soon become your mindset!
3. Examine your current mindset
When you find yourself in a negative mindset, take a few minutes to write about it. Why are you thinking that way? What is behind that feeling?
It’s important to understand where the thought is coming from so that you can change it. Sometimes it’s not your inner voice, but the voice of someone close to you. Maybe a parent used to say this to you? Or a teacher?
If you find that it is the voice of someone else try to see if you can reframe the thought in your own positive words. Sometimes, just knowing the negative thought is actually someone else’s thought is enough to break the spell.
4. Read positive books
There are tons of books out there on having a positive, growth mindset. Bringing those words into your head on a regular basis can help you to have a better outlook.
A few of my favorites are:
- You are a Badass – How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero
- Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
- Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
5. Develop a mantra
Finding a positive mantra that you can repeat to yourself when you are feeling down is a great way to change your mindset.
I’ve used a variety but one of my very favorites is “Relax, Believe and Recieve.” It reminds me that I don’t have to be afraid of the future. I need to just do the work and be open to receiving the results.
Other popular mantras include:
- I am a money magnet.
- You cannot expect victory while planning for defeat.
- Head up, heart open. To better days approaching!
- Whether I say, “I can” or “I can’t,” I’m right either way.
6. Set goals
Stop looking at other people and focus on your own future. When you take the time to set some goals and then actually takes steps towards achieving them, you’ll find that life is a pretty great place.
Building up some momentum for yourself and seeing yourself succeed is an amazing feeling. I often remind myself to check my goal sheet when I’m feeling depressed and really look at how far I’ve come.
Setting goals won’t do anything for you though if you don’t actually work on them. Make sure you are taking the time to break them down into small steps and scheduling time to work on them consistently.
These tips will help you to change your mindset and develop a positive outlook on life. If you are working on shifting your mindset, make sure to download the free Entrepreneur’s Mindset Journal.
This 20-page workbook will give you questions to think about and answer in five different areas: Personal, Money, Success, Relationships and Future. Then at the end, it gives you space to write down some goals and intentions in each area so that you can make some changes in your life. Simply enter your name and email in the box at the end of this post to get your free copy.
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