According to Jennifer Lopez, success comes down to mindset. She has developed from being an ordinary Bronx girl to a mega-hyphenated icon around the world. Successful people understand that what you focus on expands, so let’s choose wisely! Therefore, cultivating a successful mindset is crucial to reaching our goals. Achieving this mindset requires discipline, effort, and an unwavering commitment over time. We can, however, achieve it if we work hard. Here are three ways to change our perspective and shape a new reality today.
Kendra Cherry, a contributor to Very Well Mind, describes a mindset as a mindset of how we think, feel, and act. Carole Dweck refers to it as a mindset, “that profoundly influences the way we lead our lives.” Maintaining our mindset should be a priority. But how? First, write down your vision and lay it out (Habakkuk 2: 2-3). We are more likely to achieve our goals if we are clear about them. This can be accomplished in many ways. Vision boards can be physical or digital, bullet lists can be written in journals. You can download free apps like Pinterest, Milanote, or OneNote. The most effective way to make a goal or vision visible is to use a familiar tool. Every day, we must make decisions that turn our vision into reality. Think of James Clear’s Atomic Habits or Eric Thomas’ “decisions for the vision”. Choices we make, often unconsciously, shape our actions. We should intentionally train our minds to adopt the right mindset so that our daily habits will build towards our goals, not derail them. Our values and lifestyle must also support our new goal. Likewise, we should be mindful of what we consume, just as pro athletes do. It will help us nourish our minds. We should also examine our minds and uproot anything that does not align with our updated vision.
2) Identify your limiting beliefs
Imagine a time when we chose not to participate in an activity because we felt unprepared or lacked certain qualities. Because of fear, I typically failed to act. Our limiting beliefs must be identified, listed, and examined. Let’s define beliefs. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines beliefs as concepts, ideas, and states of mind. According to Skilled at Life, our beliefs are shaped by what we learn and experience. A limiting belief can be an idea, a perception, or something we tell ourselves to justify why we can’t do something. Our subconscious beliefs frequently limit our potential. A negative belief is more likely to be the cause of anxiety, envy, holding back, a lack of fulfillment or frustration. When I ask myself “Why?” and let my answers flow unhindered and uncensored, I identify limiting beliefs. The results will surprise you, but then the real work begins. “Declare: Unleash Greatness Through Mental Fitness” author Welcome Sarah taught me another effective method to uproot negativity. She suggests this recipe:
- Be aware of your thoughts. In her blog entry “Breaking the Cycle: Negative Thought Patterns and Depression, Lesley L. McKinney, MA, LPCC, NCC, explains that negative thought patterns are caused by cynical hostility (projecting toxic feelings onto others), rumination (projecting flaws onto visions of the future), overthinking (weighing every possible option). Negative thinking patterns can lock us into harmful mindsets and behaviours. Check-in and examine your thoughts regularly. To develop a successful mindset, you need to uproot negativity.
- Track the themes—If you track your thoughts, you will likely spot themes those patterns of negativity centre around. As an example, if you frequently ruminate about feelings of being taken advantage of, you might have a common theme of lack or poor boundaries.
- Once you identify those themes, ask yourself—“What am I getting from this negativity?” Even if you don’t see it, habits serve a purpose. Is it an outlet for insecurities or repressed anger, or a justification for procrastination or inaction? Be still and listen to what bubbles up. Document your answers. The second question you should ask is, “If it’s unclear what I’m getting from nurturing those negative thought patterns, can I identify the reasons?”. The answers will help you replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Finding limiting beliefs is a straightforward exercise that can be tedious, but it is effective at identifying areas of discomfort. We must untangle ourselves from negative thinking patterns if we want to achieve new heights. Get the best by removing the bad. Only fresh wineskins can be used to fill new wine.
Using a notebook, dotted grid bullets, or my phone’s audio recorder, I track my daily thoughts. Even leave myself notes.
Furthermore, I’ve downloaded three new apps:
- Checking in—Checking in helps you cultivate mindfulness, self-awareness, and stress management by listening to your ENERGY and EMOTIONS.
- Thinkladder – helps you weed out and replace limiting beliefs that hold you back. The methods and tools used by Thinkladder are based on CBT -Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
- DailyBean is a simple diary app for those who want to keep track of their days. Keep track of your day with a few tabs.
All those apps can be found on the App Store or on Google Play.
3) Visualize success
Undoubtedly, success requires effort. The success equation is incomplete without visualization.
The power of visualization has been well documented. Mentally practising a skill can improve your performance. It makes sense in retrospect. Imagining something fires the same neurons as doing it. Visualizing success programs your mind.
How do you visualize success? People who achieve success create vivid mind movies using all five senses. Achieving their goals gives them pride! It’s exciting! Joy! Your mind will believe success is inevitable when you visualize it realistically. It’s then that success begins.
Performance can be boosted with visualization. It doesn’t replace hard work, but it can supplement it. You can boost your performance with visualization.
In “Visualization for Athletes: How to Crush the Competition and Your Workout”, Olivier POIRIER-LEROY proposes a method. Some of the world’s leading athletes attribute their success to it. It is scientifically proven to work.
Making visualization a habit requires practice. Visualization is like a muscle. The more you do it, the better you become.
Include it in your routine—You should include it in your training and competition routines. You should visualize for a few minutes before performing. Follow these tips to make visualization a regular part of your life.
Details matter in visualization. Your subconscious will believe the experience is really the more specific you can be about what you see, hear, and smell. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Try to visualize it from different angles- It can also be helpful to visualize the same experience from various perspectives. This can help deepen the impact of the visualization and make it feel even more real. So unleash your inner camera crew and explore all the different angles of your visualization.
When mentally rehearsing for an event, don’t just imagine the perfect outcome. Expect the unexpected, or at least expect things won’t go as planned. Visualize yourself overcoming less-than-optimal circumstances. As a result, you will be prepared for anything that may arise, giving you the confidence to deal with anything. Imagine yourself overcoming a difficult situation, and it’ll be much easier in reality. Try picturing yourself conquering whatever comes your way next time you’re doing visualization exercises.
Why does this matter?
Mindset matters. We see the world and ourselves through it. Positivity can help us achieve our goals, and feel happier and more fulfilled along the way. In addition, it can improve our careers and relationships. Conversely, a negative mindset can prevent us from achieving our full potential. This can make us unhappy, stressed, and even physically ill. Mindset matters—but how can we create a positive mindset? Yes. When we reach our peak, we can help our loved ones and our community reach their potential and make our world a better place. Let’s strive for a positive mindset! Thanks for reading! 🙂