by Suellen | Meeting the Challenges, Success, Vision and Goals
Did you know that you can improve your mindset by improving your habits.? Those daily or weekly things you do over and over.
Changing your mindset takes time and work. There’s no magic that will let you do it overnight.
Yet adopting a few habits will make the process easier and take less time.
Let’s look at Five.
1. Create a morning ritual to get your day off to a good start
What makes you feel best in the mornings? What can you do to set yourself up for success every day?
One great habit as a Christian is praying. It’s like checking in with headquarters first thing. Thanking God for your life and that you know Him. Thanking Him for guiding you throughout the day.
Maybe it’s journaling over a cup of coffee or going for a morning run. Maybe it is taking a few minutes to stretch before you get in the shower.
It might even be something as simple as making your bed before you leave for work.
Figure out a ritual that works for you and prioritize doing it every day.
2. Reflect on your day
Every night before you go to bed, take a moment to reflect on your day. What went right? What went wrong?
Did you get done what you wanted to do? Why or why not?
What can you do to make sure tomorrow goes well?
3. Practice gratitude daily
Find at least one thing you can be grateful for every day. No matter how bad things might be going, you have some good things in life you can be grateful for.
Stop and be thankful for them every day. This only takes a few seconds and can be done any time of the day.
4. Always be working toward a goal
Big or small, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you always have a goal. You want to decide on a goal that stretches and challenges you. When you reach one goal, move on to another. Break big goals down into subgoals that will help you see quick progress.
5. Start journaling
Use prompts to write a journal entry about your mindset 2-3 times a week.
Or free write, and see what comes out. You don’t need a fancy journal; a pen and a sheet of paper or a notebook are all you need.
Again, these habits aren’t magic. They won’t change your mindset overnight. What they will do is support you and help you along on your journey.
They will motivate you to keep going when things get tough and to feel your best. That will help you cultivate your growth mindset.
When you change even tiny habits, they add up to make a big difference in your life and in your work.
For More Information about Setting Your Goals, Go Here.
by Suellen | Meeting the Challenges, Vision and Goals
Did you know that your environment has a big impact on your mental health? This includes your mindset.
It’s true; research has shown that the spaces you spend the most time in (your home and your workspace) have a dramatic impact.
While it won’t work miracles, improving your environment to make it more conducive to a growth mindset will not only improve your mindset but boost your mood and increase your personal growth. Here are several ways to do it.
1.) Bring in natural light
Humans are designed to spend lots of time outdoors. Our ancestors spent most of their time outside. Only in the modern era have we reversed that.
An easy way to make your environment more conducive to a growth mindset is to let in more natural light. Open windows or doors and let the sun in.
Hey! If you work on a laptop, why don’t you try sometimes working on your patio or porch?
2.) Add light, bright colors
Dark, somber colors can make you feel down and de-energized. Neutral colors have little effect, and bright or light colors do the opposite.
You might not be able to change the colors of the walls and furnishings, especially at work. Instead, bring in plenty of brightly colored accents.
Cluttered spaces raise our stress levels and make us feel scattered. This effect may or may not be conscious.
Get rid of the excess and see how much better you feel.
4.) Tidy up and organize
Keeping things neat, clean, and organized boosts your mood and makes your space a better place to work.
Get organizational supplies to put must-have items neatly away and out of sight.
5.) Add lots of greenery
Plants have the same sort of effect on mental health as natural light does and for the same reason. Bringing plants into your home will make you feel better and immediately boost your mood.
Over the long term, tending to plants and keeping them alive and healthy is great for growing your mindset too.
6.) Start a vision board
A vision board is essentially a collage of your dreams and goals.
Do you want to buy a house? Find a picture of the type of house you want and put it on the board. Do you want to go to Paris? Pin up a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Put the board up somewhere you can see it, such as above your desk, and look at it often.
Your Free Vision Board Tutorial may be found HERE.
by Suellen | Meeting the Challenges, Vision and Goals
When I was a child, we had fill-in-the-blank Saturdays. Sometimes we had some extra time to sleep. Often we would take excursions just for fun.
Then there were those other Saturdays. The kind when you would wake up to a morning of “Clean-out-the-closets.” Or “Work-in-the-yard.”
Those Saturdays were boring. Not fun at all!
Now on the Saturdays when we had fun activities on the calendar, I would hop out of bed – even before the alarm went off. There was excitement in the air as we packed our picnic lunches or loaded our beach equipment.
Not so on those “other” days. My Dad would have to call to wake me several times before I would hear him. Then I would drag to get dressed. Drag to eat breakfast. And drag around even more as I attempted to put off the inevitable.
What was the difference? Why did I eagerly wake up on some days and dread facing the day on others?
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