April had decided to go for the challenge to grow her mindset. As was often the case, she read the posts and dove into the work necessary to grow in her ability to see herself doing extraordinary things. She truly wanted to change her mindset.
Well, along came her family reunion. It was fun seeing everyone. They reminisced and laughed about some foolish past episodes. It was a wonderful time, and April was glad that she had put in the effort to go.
Yet there was an unexpected downside. When April got home, she fell into her old routine. Old habits. Old mindset.
When you are working through a challenge – especially about your mindset and your thought processes, it’s easy to slip back at such moments. You lose your momentum, and often there’s the “oh what does it matter?” danger.
But you want to do this, so here are three tips for getting a reboot on your journey.
There are several things you can do to start the process quickly. A few of them are outlined below. Be warned, though, that these aren’t for the faint of heart.
They’re also risky, in that if they are too ambitious, they can backfire and set you back. Know yourself and your probable reaction well before attempting any of these kickstarts!
1.) Volunteer for something new
New experiences and tasks are one of the things most likely to help change your mindset. Instead of starting small, you can go big, and one of those ways is by volunteering to do something new at home or work. It can be anything from a project committee at work to joining the school PTA to coaching your son’s soccer team.
There’s only one requirement: it must involve a commitment, so you can’t just back out when you have time to reconsider.
2.) Try something you normally wouldn’t consider
This means trying something way outside your comfort zone. Do you have set food preferences? Try the strangest dish on the menu. Are you a homebody? Call a friend and schedule an outing at a museum or concert.
Again, it can be big or small, but it needs to be something that involves a commitment so you’re not likely to back out. It also needs to involve something you wouldn’t ordinarily do.
3.) Do something daring
You have a bucket list. Everyone does, even if it’s not written down. What are the things you most want to do that seem out of the norm. Pick one and do it. Or commit to doing it.
Do you want to go back to school to change careers? Apply to the school.
Do you want to travel to India? Book the trip. (Or buy some books about it).
Do you want to write a book? Sit down and begin your outline. Who, What, and Why do you want to write? This one can really jumpstart a whole new chapter in your life!
This is the riskiest but most rewarding of the three options. It can make or break your attempt to change your mindset.
But if it works, the benefits will be spending the rest of your life having done something important to you. You’ll have the adventure of a lifetime -and a new growth mindset to boot
Help yourself and your Clients Overcome Limiting Beliefs
We say change your mind and change your life. Let’s face it: It takes hard work!
Changing your mindset is one of the hardest things you can do. There are going to be ups and downs along the way. You’re going to run headfirst into challenges. You’re going to fall down. You’re going to fail.
Uh oh! Let’s get real – you need help.
That’s why you don’t want to do this alone. You’re going to need support from other people. Humans are social creatures, after all, and we depend on our social networks to keep us going and get us through hard times.
How do you find support? Many people who have changed to a more productive mindset have left some clues about finding help from others.
1.) Join a support group
These go by many names and can be focused on growth mindset work alone or personal development in general. Most of them are free or only cost a small fee. There are both in-person and online groups. You’re bound to find one that fits you if you look.
There are Meetups or groups in local business organizations. You can also check out Facebook groups.
These groups will give you a place to get advice or just a place to vent when you need it! If you choose the right group, the people are working through the same issues you are.
2.) Surround yourself with positive people
You are a reflection of the people closest to you. Make sure those people closest to you are positive people. Try to do this in both your personal and your work life. This will help you stay positive in the good times and help lift you up when times get bad.
3.) Alter or end toxic relationships
I’m not talking about getting a divorce or quitting your job. But there are some friends who aren’t good for you. If you find yourself in a toxic relationship (of any sort from romantic to work) do your best to turn it into a positive one. Don’t allow their negativity to influence you.
There may be some friends which you will see less often. That’s ok. Pray for them,
Finally, don’t let anyone cause you to feel depressed or “less than.” If there is someone in your life who says negative things about you, learn to shake those things off. Don’t drink the poison.
Forgive them and know that God sees you differently.
4.) Find a Life Coach.
Sometimes we all need a little one-on-one help to overcome our issues or figure out how to get around an obstacle. There’s no shame in seeking help. In fact, being willing to ask for help is one of the characteristics of a growth mindset.
So, if you need to, seek out someone who can help you. The rewards will be more than worth the time, money, and effort.
Let’s look at a different form of meditation from what most people think. Let’s look at Christian meditation. Meditating on words God has given you for your journey.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the Law (the Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you will be careful to do all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.
Stop and think about this passage and think about what was going on.
The Israelites had been supernaturally delivered from Egypt after 400 years of slavery. Then they faltered, doubting God could take them into the Land He had promised, so they spent another 40 years wandering around in the wilderness.
The generation of doubters had died, and Joshua was leading the group now. They were getting ready to go into the promised land and take it, and they needed all the faith they could muster. They also needed for God to be with them – accomplishing supernatural things for them.
That’s when Joshua was told to keep his eyes on God’s Word. To meditate on it day and night. And to speak it.
That’s the true meditation God has ordained for us as Christians. He wants us to move forward with His blessings on our lives. As we keep His Word before us, our faith rises and our focus stays on our mission.
My husband has a novel teaching about this. One of the meanings of the word “meditate” is to guard as a lion does its prey. My husband says that we are to guard over the word God gives us in that way. Hovering over it, and looking for anything which would try to steal that word from us. It’s our word and no one can snatch it from us!
So what do I suggest?
Take your Bible and get in a quiet spot. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you words for your meditation. When He gives you special words, those are more significant to you than any other.
For starters, if you are Seeking Word about Your prosperity:
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NASB) But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you the power to make wealth that His covenant may be established.
II Corinthians 9:8 (NASB) And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
Or Maybe it’s Your Children:
Deuteronomy 28:4 (NASB) Blessed shall be the offspring of your body.
Isaiah 54:13 (NASB) All of your sons (children) will be taught of the Lord; and the well-being of your sons will be great.
Or Your Health:
Exodus 15:26 (ASV) I am the God who heals you
Psalm 103:3 (NASB) He pardons all our iniquities and heals all our diseases.
These scriptures are just starting points. Get your Bible and sit with God in a quiet state. Think about His goodness and His love for you. Then ask Him to bring you word to meditate on.
Think about the Word you’ve chosen. Say it over and over out loud. Then think about it even as you ngo about your day. Allow God to build on that Word. This will increase your faith in what you are doing and your faith in God prospering you.
Meditating on the Word of God will change your life.
Do you stay in the moment or do you find yourself tuning out as you go about your day? Our challenge today is to take notice. Present focus is one of the hallmarks of a growth mindset.
That is, people who have a growth mindset tend to focus on the present moment rather than constantly dwelling on the past or dreaming about the future. Most people are the opposite, and the more of a fixed mindset a person has, the more likely they are to be fixated on the past or future rather than the present.
Which timeframe do you focus on more? Past, present, or future?
Think about it for a moment and answer honestly. See if you can come up with a percentage split of past/present/future. You don’t need to be exact -an approximation will do.
Chances are that it’s not the present moment. If it is, great -you can use the techniques here to improve your focus. But if not, you’ve got some work to do.
The best technique for beginners to use to learn to focus on the present moment is mindfulness practice. This is an easy practice you can do anywhere, anytime that will gradually ease you into focusing on the present more and more. It doesn’t require anything except a few seconds of your time and some concentration.
This is how it works. Sometime during the day, stop what you’re doing, whether that’s work, eating, or anything else. Close your eyes. Notice everything that’s around you. The feel of your feet on the floor. The itchiness of your new shirt. The smells coming from the kitchen.
Do this for about 30 seconds. Then go back to what you were doing. That’s it -no special time set aside. Repeat this several times a day. Gradually extend the time you spend to a minute. Notice what other people are doing around you. Really notice them -as people, not background objects.
When you’ve mastered this part of the practice, start doing it while you continue your tasks. Take notice of what you’re doing, whether that’s grocery shopping, typing on the computer, or cooking dinner.
Slowly extend the number of times per day you do this and the amount of time you spend doing it. You’ll gradually become more focused on the present moment all the time without even trying.
Regardless, learning to focus more on the present moment will help you improve your mindset and continue your self-development journey.
You and Your Clients will Stay in the Moment When You Strive to Take Your Promised Land. Those Promises God has Given to You. See the Package Here.
Charls felt that he was getting in a rut. His job seemed the same. His after hours routine was the same.
In fact, to be honest, he was bored. No new challenges which really engaged him.
Then out of the blue an old friend came into town and challenged Charles to go sky diving with him. That was truly different from anything Charles had ever done, and at first he said, “no.” Yet with encouragement, he said oh, why not? Let’s go for it.
That was all that Charles needed to find new energy. Growing your mindset isn’t easy and takes time and work. One of the best things you can do to jumpstart the process is to try new things. The human brain loves novelty; novel (new) stimuli push it to grow and change. The challenge of trying something new jolts it out of old patterns and presents the opportunity for change.
This means that trying something new regularly is one of the best ways to improve your mindset. Give your brain new experiences regularly and it has to grow to accommodate and process them. It has no choice.
What kind of new experiences have this effect? You certainly don’t have to go sky diving in order to grow. All new challenges help to varying degrees.
You don’t have to do something large. Go shopping at a new store once a month. Try a new restaurant every week. If you really don’t like change, order a new entrée at your favorite restaurant each time you eat there. These experiences, as small as they are, are enough to catalyze the process of change and growth.
Of course, the greater the difference between the new stimuli and your everyday life, the bigger the response from your brain will be. Learning a new skill is near the top of the list of new experiences that will change your mindset. You don’t have to go back to school to learn something, pick something you’re interested in, from gardening to a foreign language, and start working on it in your free time. Your local library and the Internet are bound to have beginner’s instruction manuals.
The next step you can take is to make a list of things you want to try but never have and start marking them off. Put down everything you can think of -from the painting class to bungee jumping -and start doing it.
Travel is probably the best “new” experience for mindset and personal growth. When you travel, everything changes. All the stimuli are new.
The farther you go from home and the longer your trip, the truer this is. A weekend trip out of a town and a week in a foreign country will both dramatically increase your mindset growth, but the latter has more effect. If you can travel, do it!
You only have one life to live. Trying new things will improve your mindset and help your personal growth, but beyond that, it will help you live the best life possible.
It’s worth the effort. Start today!
P.S. Overcome your Limiting Beliefs Now!!