One of the key factors most successful people attribute to their success is their mindset. Our fears, limiting beliefs, negativity, and lack of confidence can all prevent or hinder us from achieving our greatest dreams. However, challenging your mindset may be the greatest achievement of your life. Here’s why you want to challenge your mindset and some food for thought.
Do you fear change?
Many of us live and die by a task list, a schedule, goals and a plan. When things happen that aren’t scheduled or planned it throws us for a loop. Sound familiar? Change can actually be, and most often is, an opportunity. It may be an opportunity for wealth, for growth or it may simply be an opportunity to learn – when you take advantage of change you push your boundaries, you open up a whole new world of possibilities and you make room for something bigger in your life. Contemplate whether you fear change and what you can do to embrace it instead.
Do you allow yourself to think outside the box?
Innovation stems from thinking outside of the box and if you stop to take a look around you, innovation is extremely profitable. The most dramatic example might be the airplane. Before the Wright brothers stopped to think about what was possible, people assumed flight wasn’t. What about landing on the moon? Talking on the phone with someone halfway around the world or chatting with them on your computer?
Now these are all technology-based innovations, but there are a million products and services just waiting to be pondered and put into action. Give yourself “what if” time. Contemplate the possibilities without any limitations. Don’t think about what you need to make something possible, not at first; just think about what is possible – dream about what is possible.
Explore your limiting beliefs
Have you ever thought, “I can’t”? Of course you have, we all have. That’s the easiest type of limiting belief to recognize and eliminate. Now, whenever you think, say or feel that you can’t, stop yourself and think, feel and say “I can.” Other limiting beliefs are more difficult to recognize. We’re talking about those beliefs you grew up with that permeate your life, though they may not be true.
For example, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is a common saying amongst some families, but is it really true? Is it true for you? Of course if you’re rich, you’re probably thinking, “I hope so!” The point is to recognize the beliefs you have and to examine them to see if they’re true and if they’re limiting you from being and accomplishing all that you can. If they are, explore how you can change that belief into an empowering one that supports you and your goals. They say that you can change your reality and it starts with your thoughts and beliefs.
Understand that your thoughts are 100% under your control
There’s an amazing sense of empowerment when you realize that you can control your thoughts. It can mean the end of negative self-talk, closed mindset, and self-doubt. Of course, it takes time to recognize all of the limiting thoughts and learn how to change your mindset, but it is an effort that is well worth the time and energy. You can control how you perceive events, how you react to challenges, and how you relate to others. When you’re able to change your mindset and control your thoughts, a whole world of opportunities opens up for you.
Mindset is a powerful thing. It can lead us astray, drive us from our strongest hopes and desires or help us fulfill our biggest dreams. Taking time to cultivate a positive mindset can change your life.