The term mindset is thrown around a lot in self-development circles… but what does mindset mean, what is your mindset exactly, and why can’t people stop talking about it?!
In this article, we’ll break down the power of mindset and discuss how you can actively change your thoughts to create a more fulfilling and abundant life.
Prefer to listen? Check out Episode 73 of the Bright Life Podcast: What Mindset Means (And How to Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life).
In the episode, we discuss…
✨ How your thoughts are ACTUALLY creating your reality (beyond woo-woo descriptions)
✨ How to change ingrained thoughts to create a different future
✨ Ways to identify the root of self-sabotaging behaviors and shift them forever
✨ My favorite mindset practice that can change your life in even 15 minutes per day
✨ Where to look if you keep getting the opposite of what you want
✨ Why you are more powerful thank you ever realized and a co-creator of your life
What Does Mindset Mean?
Mindset refers to the collection of thoughts and beliefs that influence how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. Every thought we have generates an emotion, which in turn leads to actions, and ultimately determines the results we achieve in our lives. Positive thoughts often lead to positive emotions and actions, resulting in favorable outcomes. Conversely, negative thoughts can lead to negative emotions and actions, hindering our growth and success.
For example, let’s say you have a thought like, “My message is going to impact thousands.” That thought is going to create an emotion like excitement or confidence to go on stage, right? And that emotion is going to make it easy for you to take an action like sharing your message with thousands of people. Your result could be that you build a successful speaking career, impacting millions.
Conversely, in the exact same situation, if you have a thought like, “No one wants to hear what I have to say…” then that thought is going to create a completely different emotion, action, and result. Your emotion would be more likely to be one of fear and doubt. That emotion would lead to a lack of action, or holding back from sharing your message. The result is that no lives are impacted, including yours.
What Is Your Mindset?
While the term mindset is thrown around a lot these days, it’s not just a trendy buzzword; it’s actually a powerful life skill that can significantly impact your journey. Understanding and influencing your mindset is the key to transforming your life for the better. Cultivating a growth-oriented mindset can empower us all to achieve our goals, overcome challenges, and become the best version of ourselves.
How to Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life
The ability to change your thoughts is perhaps one of the most profound realizations you can have. While we may all inherit certain thoughts and beliefs from our upbringing and environment, we also have the power to reframe and shift our mindset to serve our highest potential.
Here are three steps to change your thoughts—and the trajectory of your life!
- Identify Limiting Thoughts: Choose one area, like business, relationships, or health. Start by identifying any limiting thoughts that might be holding you back in that area. There’s no shame in having them; we all do. These thoughts often arise from past experiences, societal conditioning, and cultural influences, often before we’re even aware of it. That’s why recognizing these limiting beliefs is the first step towards transformation.
- Reframe Limiting Thoughts: Once you’ve identified your limiting thoughts, brainstorm how you could reframe into positive and empowering statements. For example, instead of thinking, “I can’t do this,” shift your mindset to “I am capable of overcoming challenges and achieving my goals.” This simple change in perspective can make a significant difference on your emotions and therefore actions and results.
- Reinforce Positive Thoughts: Changing your mindset requires consistent effort and practice. Regularly reinforce your positive thoughts through affirmations, visualization, and self-compassion. As you strengthen these new neural pathways, your empowering thoughts will become more ingrained, influencing your emotions, actions, and eventually results.
Hopefully, now you can see why your mindset is a powerful tool that can shape your thoughts, emotions, actions, and ultimately, your results in life. By understanding the impact of mindset and actively working to change any limiting beliefs, you can unlock your true potential and work toward creating the life you desire. It’s not easy, and takes times to rework the stickiest beliefs, but when you see the change in your emotions and results, it becomes exciting to do this work.
Let me know in the comments: what’s one thought you want to reframe after reading this article?
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P.S. More on this topic: 5 Mindset Practices for Growth Seasons, Empowering You to GO FOR IT (and Even Be a Beginner Again) Feat. Kacia Ghetmiri, and BELIEVING: How to Borrow Belief to Unlock More Confidence.