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The truth is that changing our thoughts is not easy, but having an open, positive mindset can change our world.
I think we all can agree with Zig Ziglar when he said, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” Yes, I know it sounds too good to be true, but believe me, something as simple as changing our thinking can change our lives.
Studies have shown that the most successful and happy people in the world are always thinking about two things. Can you imagine what they are? Successful, happy people think about what they want and how to get it.
Thinking about this will help us gain control of our life.
Our thoughts influence everything in our life, from how we feel to how we act and react to the factors around us. Please understand that if we want to reach our goals, we need to watch our mindset; if not, we will not get where we want to be.
So, what is the mindset we want?
First, it is crucial to notice that there are two types of mindsets:
>> The fixed mindset is when we think that we are born with specific skills and abilities, and we cannot change that.
>> A growth mindset is when we realize that we can develop our skills and abilities through hard work and effort.
As you can imagine, these two different types of thinking have different results. Which one do you think is the key to success?
The answer is simple: the growth mindset. Yes, hard work, effort, and persistence are all essential, but the key to success is to believe that we are in control of our destiny.
So the next question is: how can we change our thinking?
Here are five practical ways to change our thinking and change our life:
When we have self-control, we will spend less time thinking about whether to indulge in destructive behaviors. Making positive decisions will come easily. We won’t let impulses or feelings dictate our choices.
To obtain self-discipline, we need to be focused, but not on TV, Facebook, or Instagram. Focus on doing the necessary things to achieve your goals.
2. Kick the negative thoughts.
A person has approximately 60,000 thoughts per day, and 60 percent of them are negative. To fight these negative thoughts, pick a time that works for you, and sit down for 30 minutes and just think.
Of course, you are going to have negative thoughts, but when they come to you, kick them out by replacing words such as:
“I can’t” for “I can.”
“I won’t” for “I will.”
3. Act “as if.”
Acting “as if” is one of my favorite tools to change my mindset. The process is simple. We simply start acting like the person we want to become. We start behaving as if what we desire has already happened, or is already happening.
Here are three steps to do it:
>> Identify the emotion you want to feel.
>> Find evidence that you already feel this emotion in your life.
>> Think about how someone who already has this desired emotion would act.
The key is not to focus directly on what you want, instead, feel the vibe of someone who already has it.
4. Start today.
Many people make the mistake of not starting because they do not know where to start or how to start. Don’t wait, start doing something now.
Your life will not change from some magical place within you. You need to take action! As Tony Robbins so wisely said, “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”
Stop procrastinating and start today.
5. Step out of your comfort zone.
The only way to achieve what you want is by stepping outside of your comfort zone. Break the chains of fear and get outside. When you decide to take risks, you will grow in the process.
When you step out of your comfort zone, you learn new skills and evolve already existing ones. Plus, it inspires creative thinking.
“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.” ~ Anonymous