As we get closer to celebrating a new year, most people take this time to reflect on the year that was. During this time some women have reported feeling disappointed or discouraged because what they hoped to achieve this year didn’t happen. I want you to know that with every setback you have an opportunity to comeback! With the right mindset, you can begin a new season of dreaming and activating. In your time of reflection it’s important to remember many situations in life are beyond our immediate control. Some things are unpredictable and unavoidable, as many of you know it’s not your plan, it’s God’s plan. However, your mindset is something that you can learn to control 100%.
With practice, your mindset can be whatever you choose it to be. This is a powerful skill to possess. You can overcome nearly any situation with an effective mindset and some patience.
A negative mindset practically guarantees a lot of challenges in life. A positive mindset doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing, but it’s a tremendous help!
Your mindset influences your happiness and success!
Try these techniques to develop a positive mindset that propels you toward the life you want:
1. Look for a solution. Looking for a solution is an optimistic perspective. Focusing on the challenge only drags down your mindset and your mood. Those with a positive mindset expect to find a solution to their problems.
- Seeking a solution is much more effective than wallowing in a problem.
2. Remember that your mindset is a choice you make. You get to choose your mindset. You might have a tendency to view the world in a certain way right now. However, you can make the choice to have a new mindset that better serves you. You can direct your focus as you choose.
3. Be willing and able to laugh at all times. Life is short. There’s humor to be found in many negative situations. If all seems lost, a good laugh isn’t going to hurt, but it might help.
4. Use your self-talk to your advantage. What you say to yourself matters. The images you view in your mind and the words you say to yourself influence your thoughts and mindset. Positive words and pictures lead to a positive mindset.
5. Fill your mind with positive media. We are bombarded with media constantly. This includes the news, videos, books, and articles just to name a few. Negative input leads to negative output. Choose positive media to put into your brain.
- Think positive thoughts.
- Fill your mind with positive ideas, words, and images.
- Avoid negative media.
6. Be grateful. Gratitude is a big part of an effective mindset. You have to be in a positive frame of mind to feel gratitude. Gratitude is a great way to start and to end the day.
- When you’re feeling frustrated, try listing things that make you feel grateful.
7. Stay present. Keep your focus on making progress in this very moment. Avoid worrying about the future or dredging up the past.
8. Volunteer. Volunteering provides perspective. Putting your attention on someone else is a nice break from your own challenges. Volunteering is also a good way to feel gratitude, too.
Your mindset is one of the things fully under your control. All that is required is to make a conscious effort to seize control of your thoughts and some practice. Mental habits can be challenging to break. We become addicted and habituated to certain thought processes. We’re reactive rather than responsive.
You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control your reaction to the things that happen to you. By controlling your mindset, you gain far more control over your destiny. You’ll enjoy your life a lot more, too.