The power of the mind is an unbelievable thing. It can be both our biggest catalyst for change or our biggest roadblock. The best part about this is your thoughts are up to you. Our mindset and outlook are very much determined by what we choose to think and tell ourselves. Becoming aware of our thoughts and their power to dictate outcomes and how we perceive them is so very important. So let’s dig in to chat about 3 easy effective ways we can shift our mindset.
Inner Dialogue, Self Talk or Chatter
We are often unaware of the insidious little voice in our head telling us we are not enough. You know the one I’m talking about. The one that starts out whispering when you’re trying on a bathing suit, about to give a presentation or put yourself out there in a vulnerable way. Before you even realize some crazy voice starts virtually yelling, “Are you crazy?!” “What are you thinking?” “You’re not good enough, not smart enough, not skinny enough, not pretty enough.” And so on.
It’s time to tell that mean girl voice, “Enough already!!”
It’s time to become aware, to shut down that inner demon and practice more positive self-chatter. On my own journey toward self-love and enhanced confidence, positive affirmations were a game changer. These should be short but uplifting statements, for example, “I am present, I am aware, I am powerful” or “I am strong, I am smart, I am beautiful,” or really anything that resonates with you and directly applies to what you are working toward embodying. Practice saying these words to yourself, or better yet, say them out loud. You’ll soon find out how liberating it feels to shut down the negative voices. And the more you make the powerful declarations, the sooner you will.
Practice being more Optimistic
We aren’t all glass half full people (though I’d argue we are, and the external world has shaped our optimism or lack thereof), but with a little practice, you can be on your way to viewing the world through rose colored lenses. Not only must you change what you say to yourself, you have to shift your self-belief. “You gotta say it, think it, believe it!” During times of challenge or difficulty pause and search for positive outcomes, and for opportunities and possibilities for growth and happy surprises.
Implement a Self-Care practice
If you aren’t making yourself a priority how are you supposed to have an empowered mind ready to take on all the world has to throw at you on top of all the goals you want to tackle? Taking time to prioritize healthy habits like getting enough rest, fueling your body with healthy fresh foods, disconnecting from electronics (tv, laptop IG and Facebook), moving your body and spending time with loved ones and friends are all part of a self-care practice. Carve out the time and I promise your mindset will shift.
“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision”