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Just a few years ago, my husband and I had accumulated so much debt that there didn’t seem like a way out. Student loans, car loans, personal loans, credit card debt, a mortgage… we felt stuck.
Our money issues only changed when our way of thinking about money changed.
Have you ever tried to change your mindset about something? You get to the point of saying “this is it! I’m done with [insert anything here] and I’m going to change it!”
Maybe it’s eating healthier and swapping out sweets for salads.
Or spending less and saving more.
Perhaps being a better friend or improving relationships.
Stressing less and relaxing more.
Whatever your goals have been in the past, you’ve probably realized one thing from working towards them:
mindset (and in particular, developing a growth mindset) is the key to achieving your goals.
Our mind ultimately controls our actions. The good news? We can change our mind!
Big goals or small, here are 5 simple ways you can change your mindset for success… about anything!
Realize Mindset Change is a Process
The way you think has been impacted by time, people and experiences. It can take awhile to change beliefs that have “deep roots”.
Both my husband and I grew up to believe ideas about money that were very limiting. We had to make some serious mindset changes before any of our money habits changed. But we did and you can too!
It can be encouraging to remember that small steps add up to big changes.
Those first few steps help you to build momentum and keep making progress.
As the Chinese Proverb goes, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”
Most change of mindset quotes share the common thread of first believing it’s possible.
Take any step, no matter how small, towards the habit or behavior you are trying to change. Every step counts and moves you closer to success!
Focus On Your Why
Your passion will fuel change, so it’s important to stay focused on why you’re trying to make the change in the first place.
Have you ever heard the incredible story of survival about Beck Weathers? He climbed Everest in 1996 and became trapped in the blizzard that took many lives that year. He was seen by others during the rescue attempts, but was left for dead because of his condition… TWICE.
But, as he describes it, his mind filled with thoughts of his family… and he willed his partially frozen body to walk. In this instance, a change of mindset by focusing on why, completely saved his life.
“Suddenly, my family appeared in my mind’s eye. This was not a group portrait or some remembered photo. My subconscious summoned them into vivid focus, as if they might at any moment speak to me.”
The impossible became possible because his “why” consumed his every thought and ounce of strength left.
What’s your “why?” Keeping that at the front of your thoughts will influence every decision you make.
Knowing your why is like turning a lens on an image until what you see ahead is in clear and vivid detail.
Control Your Own Inner Voice
One thing that clearly contributes to successful mindset and attitude change is positive self-talk.
How do you change your mindset to positive? It starts with controlling your own inner voice.
Most of the time, we stand in our own way when it comes to changing our mindset. We allow the “but” “what if” “I can’t” “if only” and so forth to control our thoughts. These become fixed mindset triggers and obstacles to success.
Watch what happens when you get out of your own way by not giving the negative self-talk a chance to speak.
An inner voice that gives yourself words of encouragement and confidence is one that will see you through to success!.
If you tell yourself today it’s time to jog, you’ll be well on your way to a run tomorrow!
Find Your Like-Minded Tribe
Your time is valuable and who you spend time with matters greatly when it comes to a change of mindset.
Surround yourself with those people who offer support and encouragement, even if they don’t share the same goals.
You need a fan club and it may come in ways you least expect it.
When I was in the middle of infertility treatments, my biggest fans were not family or friends… it was strangers I had never met. We came together online because we were all in similar situations. We cheered and cried with each other through a really challenging time of our lives.
Find that accountability partner and start forming your tribe. They will be there to help see you through all along the way.
Forgive Yourself—And Persist Through Setbacks
As it is with most changes we make, there will be some setbacks along the way.
Mindset changes are entirely possible but come with productive struggle!
If you don’t extend yourself grace, you’ll submit to defeat.
Forgive yourself, cross hurdles when they come and keep moving forward!
So if you slip up on your healthy diet, or skip a workout, or blow your budget, just get back on track as soon as you possibly can. And if you can, avoid mindset triggers that tempt you to get off track in the first place.
If you want to change your mindset:
Focus on the reasons behind your goals, practice positive self-talk, surround yourself with people who encourage your success, forgive yourself if you have a misstep —and keep taking those steps to get you where you want to be!