I am a firm believer that having a strong mindset is everything. Having a strong mindset is going to be the difference between finding success and happiness. Your mindset and belief system affect everything in your life. They control how you feel, how you act, the perception that you have on the world around you, and ultimately, they control your overall quality of life.
Without having a strong mindset and belief system, you will struggle to make any meaningful progress in your life. Goals will be hard to achieve. Success will be hard to come by. Happiness will be a feeling that you only dream of feeling. In order to achieve the things that we want to get out of life, our mindset needs to match our beliefs and our desires.
I struggled with a negative mindset for much of my life. Not only did my negative mindset prevent me from living the life that I wanted to live, but it also made me despise who I was as a person. I was living solely for the approval of others, and if I did not get the approval that I was seeking, I would beat myself up for not being good enough. I felt miserable, hopeless, and depressed.
It wasn’t until I started to prioritize my thoughts and desires that I was able to improve my mindset. It sounds so simple, but yet it’s not something that many of us prioritize. We all know and understand the power of the mind, but yet despite knowing, we still struggle to make our mindset a priority until we have experienced a significant amount of pain or struggle.
In order to cultivate a healthy mindset, you need habits that align with your vision and values. In this post, I’m sharing 5 super simple habits that will help you uplevel your mind and reduce stress daily.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha
In order to improve your mindset, you need to align your daily habits with your vision and values. I want to share with you 5 tips that have helped me to improve my mindset, and 5 daily habits that will improve your mindset as well.
5 Daily Habits That Will Improve Your Mindset
1. Change the way you talk to yourself.
We are our own worst critics. The way we talk to ourselves is a direct reflection of the very thoughts that we think and the actions that we take. If you are telling yourself “I am not good enough”, “I am not strong enough”, or “I am not deserving of”, how can you possibly expect anything good to come to your life?
As cliche as it may sound, talk to yourself in a positive manner. Start telling yourself that you are good enough, that you are strong enough, that you are worthy of achieving your goals, and that being you is your greatest strength. When you tell yourself these affirmations over and over again, you start to believe them more. The more you believe them, the more your habits will start to reflect them.
Improving your self-talk is the easiest thing that you can do to improve your mindset. Start writing down some of your strengths, some of the things that you are grateful for, and some of your greatest accomplishments. Allow these to help you find the strength and the motivation to propel forward.
2. Determine the mindset you want.
Determine the mindset that best resembles where you want to go in life. If you want bigger and better for yourself, then you need to create the mindset that is going to help you achieve the life that you desire and to follow through with the actions that will best lead you towards achieving that life.
There are going to be times when old thoughts come to your mind, and when they do, you need to recognize them and challenge them if you no longer want them to resemble you.
For example, one of my struggles is with money. I hate spending money, and just the thought of doing so stresses me out. When I get stressed, I have to remind myself that it’s okay to spend money and to treat myself every once in a while. By challenging my thoughts as they appear, I am reinforcing the mindset that I want my life to reflect.
Determine the mindset you want and challenge any thoughts that don’t reflect the life that you want to live. Doing so will help you to improve your mindset.
3. Map out the vision you have for yourself.
Another great way to improve your mindset is to map out the vision that you have for your life. It is a lot more difficult to get off track when you have a clear picture of what it is that you want laying out directly in front of you.
Personally, I had to surround myself with constant reminders of how I wanted my life to look like.
I write down affirmations on post-it notes and hang them on my bathroom mirror so that when I wake up in the morning, I am immediately reminded of the vision that I have for my life. I have changed the background of my phone to an uplifting and motivational picture so that every time I open my phone, I am given an extra burst of encouragement. I have developed a morning habit because I have found that it helps me to focus on the vision that I have for myself as I continue to go about my day.
Because I tend to be a forgetful person, this map and this vision that I have for myself helps to keep me guided towards continuously making progress in the direction that I want to be going in.
You will never reach your destination unless you know exactly where it is that you are going. So take time out of your day, envision what it is that you want for yourself, and create a map to help get you there. When you do, any negativity or detours will be a lot more difficult to come by.
4. Create habits that support the vision you have.
It is said that we are the average of the 5 individuals that we spend the most time with. This means that if you want to improve your mindset, you best start spending your time around those who reflect the mindset in which you wish to have.
Not only do you need to spend your time around the people who support your vision, but you also need to develop habits into your daily life that will help to turn your vision into your reality. Immerse yourself into the goals that you have for yourself. Live and breathe these goals because the more that you do, the likelier you are to actually fulfill them.
Nothing is going to happen immediately. If you truly want to improve your mindset, it is going to take time, commitment, and dedication. The more habits you create that support your vision, the easier it will be for you to stay on the road to success.
5. Realize you can’t grow in your comfort zone.
If you want something that you currently don’t have, then you need to be willing to do something that you currently aren’t doing. You need to be willing to break out of your comfort zone and move forward from anything in the past.
If you want to grow and improve your mindset, then you need to put yourself in situations that are going to challenge you. If you don’t challenge yourself as much as you possibly can, then you are never going to turn your life from what it is right now into how you want it to be. While change (and even the thought of change) may be scary, it is a must for any improvements that you wish to make.
The life that you are living is truly the one and only life that you are going to ever get to live. Don’t let the space within the walls of your head prevent you from making the most out of it. Focus on improving your mindset every single opportunity that you get because it is the only way that you will be able to improve your life. Every action first starts with a thought, so make that thought one that will lead to something special.