Your Mindset & Why It's Important

Your mindset can be many things, but simply put your mindset is your attitude and beliefs towards certain situations, circumstances and situations based on past experiences. Essentially, all the events you have encountered in the past have geared your mindset towards whether or not you perceive something positively or negatively.

You may think that your mindset is never able to change, and they are core beliefs that are instilled in you, this would be considered a 'Fixed Mindset'. However if you believe that your mindset is able to change and allow it to grow with you, then you would have with is called a 'Growth Mindset'. Now we'll talk a little more about these two and how they compare to one another and why having a growth mindset can lead to a healthier lifestyle!

Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

We'll go into the Fixed vs. Growth mindset in another blog post as it can get pretty interesting talking about the differences but for now we'll try and sum it up for you! Having a fixed mindset is believing that your mindset, much like your hair color and height, is simply a fixed trait that you're unable to change. Your characteristics, personality and creativity as a person are unable to change and just who you are.

The opposite of this would be to have a growth mindset. Where you believing that you can adapt your mindset and grow to change your characteristics, change your beliefs and change who you are as a person through experiences. Having the belief that you control your own destiny is extremely important in becoming successful in anything that you do and we hope to help you in achieving this if you haven't already!

“Why resist change when it’s the main source of your growth”
— Robin Sharma

So why is having a growth mindset important? I'll try and briefly explain some of the benefits towards having a growth mindset, and why it is an essential part of learning and improving your self-worth!

 

Self Improvement

The key to self improvement is simply to work on yourself. Sounds easy right? However if you have the mindset that you unable to change from your key skills and character traits, then how are you to improve on yourself. With a growth mindset you believe that you have the ability to change, and the ability to improve upon your skills. This is the fundamental way to improve upon yourself and the most important thing to understand in becoming who you wish to be.

Less Stress About Being Perfect

If you are to believe that you are unable to improve upon your give set of skills, the stress to be perfect the first time is extremely high. With a growth mindset there is no stress in regards to that! You can always improve upon past performances, and improve upon your life in ways you never thought possible through hard work, dedication, and putting in the work to improve upon your craft.

Lower Risk Of Being Depressed

With a fixed mindset, you believe that having a specific set of skills and character traits are who you are fundamentally and that will not change. This can be a cause for depression as when things are not going well for you, or if you have a goal that you cannot achieve with your set of skills you may feel down that you are unable to reach that goal.

Knowing that you are able to grow yourself, grow your skills and change your character to reach your goal is a monumental way to combat depressing and intrusive thoughts. Knowing that you are able to be the person you've always wanted to be through work and determination is sometimes all it takes to pull you out of those negative mindsets and into one more positive.

Enjoy Putting In The Work & Not Fearing It

Putting in your time towards learning a new skill is a fundamental part of your personal development. It is not something to be feared, but praised. If you never put in the work and strive to be better at something, you'll be complacent in believing that that's the best you can do and might even fear the aspect of putting in the work to succeed. After all, if you believe that you are unable to improve upon your skills, than the aspect of working towards improving them would be a fearful event in the terms that you might fail. Don't fear the work, embrace it!

It Is Essential For Learning

This ties in with my last point, putting in the work and striving to learn new things, new boundaries and new skills are the only way to succeed in increasing your self-worth. If you become complacent in believing that you are stuck with the skills you have and there is no room for improvement, that you are fixed on the mindset that who you are is who you are, you will never grow to become who you want to be.


So, how do you work on your growth mindset and put in the work towards building a more positive lifestyle? Be sure to check out our next blog that speaks directly to this and learn how you can become the person you've always wanted to be, simply through improving upon your mindset!


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How Your Mindset Might Be Holding You Back

Your behaviors, actions and your mindset towards an event is directly related to a previous experience you had and how it played out for you.  For example, If you've purchased a lottery ticket and won, you're likely to have an increasingly positive attitude towards purchasing lottery tickets than someone who had bought one and lost. They are built through previous experiences and encounters you have had in similar situations and the outcomes that have come from them.

“One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been and done so much more, and then wondering why you didn’t.”
— Robin Sharma

These experiences and reactions are why you might not do things to take yourself out of your comfort zone, and in effect, hold you back from new experiences and activities that you might actually love. Here we'll highlight a few of the ways your mindset might be holding you back from experiencing things you never knew you were missing out on!

We'll highlight just a few ways that your current mindset might be holding you back from experiencing opportunities in a more positive light, and ways to combat them!


Pessimistic Mindset

Ever walk into a situation and think, "Yeah, let's just get this over with"? The pessimistic instinct that we have towards an event is exactly the reason that we are not enjoying it. If you open your mind to a new experience what's the worst that could happen, you might end up even enjoying it!

If you had this mindset towards every aspect in life, then you would never try new foods that you currently enjoy, new activities that you do regularly and you wouldn't have met the friends that you hangout with! It's these new experiences that make life worth living for and if we go into these situations with a pessimistic mindset we would miss out on a lot of things that we truly enjoy.

 

Fear of Rejection

The fear of rejection is probably the main reason people don't seek out new adventures. It can be really daunting to go up to someone or something and put yourself out there without knowing what the outcome will be. But if you can remember those few times that you actually have put yourself out there, it feels good doesn't it?

Turn those failures into mini-success's! You never learn from anything if you are always doing something the safe way, the way that you've always done it. Try out something new, and you'll be surprised at how good you feel even if it does not work as well as you'd of hoped. Those failures can help show you what you could of done better next time, helps you get over your fear of trying and most importantly, gets you to experience something new!

 

Inability to Adapt

The inability to adapt to new and surrounding situations can be killer towards personal growth and development. If you're never willing to change how you go about a certain situation, than how can you expect to get a different result!? 

Even if you are getting a moderate success from how you are approaching the situation, have you never thought how much better you could be doing? If you were always content with getting a 'C' on a test, then would you ever strive towards getting a better grade?

 

Undervaluing Yourself

By thinking that you will not be able to complete a challenge, you are undervaluing both yourself and the experience you will take away from it. You do not need to be the best at something to be successful, personal accomplishments and taking away a positive experience are both ways that you can still be successful in whatever it is you are doing!

 

These are just a few ways that your current mindset towards an experience may be holding you back from accomplishing things you never thought possible. If you are willing to be open for a new experience, and open to the chance that you just might fail, than maybe you are ready to change your mindset into something more positive!


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Changing Your Mindset, A How To Guide!


6 Simple Steps To Aid You On Your Journey Towards A Better Mindset!


1. Recognize that there needs to be a change

Chances are, if you're reading this than you've already come to the realization that you would like more in life. Whether that's to have a positive mindset towards things and you're tired of being tired, changing your outlook on situations so they don't seem as daunting, or just that you are looking for something refreshing in order to make your life what you've always wanted it to be.

We can help with that!

You don't have to be in a rut in order to want to make change. You can be perfectly happy in your life and that's great! But there's always something more, another hill to climb, another fish to catch. And a new mindset, a positive mindset, is the easiest way to make slight changes to your attitude in order to perceive the world around you for as beautiful as it really is.


2. Identify the "Why" component of changing your mindset

This is the most important step in my opinion!

Why are you deciding to make these changes? Is there a personal or professional reason behind it? In order to make a change to your mindset and they way you perceive everyday scenarios, you must think about why you are making these changes. When you have the reasoning behind it, making those steps to do it become clearer and the benefits present themselves in front of you!

Thinking of quitting smoking? The "Why" behind it could be to increase your health, live longer and generally live a healthier lifestyle. Thinking of changing your route to work everyday? The "Why" could be less traffic and quicker commutes, or perhaps this new way is more scenic and allows you to enjoy nature more-so than before. These are just two examples of how determining your "Why" factor is so important, it shows you the benefits of what you're doing and why you're doing it!

I suggest you go ahead and write down on a piece of paper why you are deciding to make a mindset change. Why is having an increasingly positive mindset important to you? What are you looking to get out of it. You don't ever have to look at this piece of paper again, in fact, you can toss it right out in the trash afterwards, but just writing it down is farther than most people will ever get.


3. Identify what has been working for you, and what hasn't been

This ties in directly with our last step, maybe there are situations where you don't need to change your mindset, or areas in your life that you're happy with and afraid to change that perspective. No problem!

You shouldn't want to change those areas in your life where you're genuinely happy, we're just trying to make the other areas a little less intimidating and focus on changing that perspective into something more positive!

Another great way to help expand your mindset is to look at what your perspective is during those times when you're genuinely happy. How is your attitude towards those situations, what are you doing, thinking and feeling? We want to bring that experience into your everyday life.

You know what they always say, if it ain't broke.. Don't fix it!


4. Begin your journey

Here's where your journey begins!

You can begin simply by writing down a few of your goals like you did in Step 2. Organizing your thoughts is the easiest way not to become overwhelmed by something as it becomes clearer. For the first while, don't act upon them, just write them down and put them where you see them so they act as reminders, gets them in your head-space, gets you thinking about them. 

They say the hardest part about going to the gym, is to physically get yourself to the gym. Make a habit out of going and slowly but surely you'll gain the motivation to not only go, but do the workout you set out to do. This is much the same way! Having your motivations and actions laid out in front of you for you to see is the easiest way to set a mental reminder to complete these actions, what you're striving to accomplish!

Remember, the goal is not to overwhelm yourself with trying to change your mindset altogether at once, the goal here is to ease yourself into it as if you were slowly descending into a cold pool. Get your feet wet first, and then let your body warm up to it!


5. Make small changes so you can make the bigger changes later

Have you ever gone to the gym and tried to start yourself on the heaviest weights there? Or gone for a run and tried to start with a 10K marathon? You just can't do it. You have to ease yourself into the situation, your mind is like a muscle and you can't start off with the heaviest set to drop on it. I bring up the "going to the gym" metaphors as I like to this exercise as a personal trainer for your mind. 

Start off slow, a couple positive thoughts here, a change in mindset there. Nothing crazy or you'll become overwhelmed with the idea and scare yourself away from the journey, after all this is supposed to be fun!

Creating a positive mindset, or altering your train of thought can be difficult at first seeing as though you've had that mindset your whole life, but it is achievable! When you're feeling down, look to your reasons for why you are doing this like we practiced earlier, and think of the benefits that will come of this. 

Stress? Let's work on it. Overwhelming feelings? Get out of here!

These are all a mindset that can be changed with your new positive train of thought.


6. You're not always going to be successful, and that's ok!

This is very important to remember! 

You will not always be successful in being able to change your mindset from one situation to another, and you know what? That's okay!

This is something that will take practice, time and effort but believe me it is more than worth the wait! Changing your mindset into more positive thinking can lead to so many more opportunities, and you can learn a lot about yourself in the way that you overcome challenges that you once were not capable of!

Take a deep breath, sit back, relax, and reflect on how far you've come. You're allowed to fail, and if anything, you learn more from your failures than you do from your success.

You've come a long way just in the time we've had today. Be proud of what you have accomplished already, and be excited about what you can accomplish now that you know some tips and tricks to help you get started! The journey for a positive mindset has just begun, and I can't wait to see where it goes. 

 

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