“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
The mind is incredibly powerful. It’s so powerful that the thoughts it thinks will often become your reality.
Just how powerful is the mind? Surely you have heard of the placebo effect. In case you haven’t or don’t know what it is, the placebo effect is “a beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must, therefore, be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”
An example could be in the use of antidepressants. Say a doctor was to diagnose a patient with depression and prescribe them medication. But instead of giving them actually anti-depressant medication, the doctor would replace the anti-depressants with Advil. The patient thinks that they are taking anti-depressant medication and starts to make progress towards coping with their depression. Little do they know that the doctor has only helped them to strengthen their mind, which in turn has helped to improve their life.
The point is that the mind affects your life so much that your body physically reacts.
It makes you wonder where you would be in life if your mind hadn’t been holding you back all of these years.
For much of my adult life, I have fallen victim to depression and my eating disorder. Day to day tasks felt like a chore. I didn’t know if I was ever going to be able to enjoy food again. Relationships have been hard to come by. And overall, my confidence and self-wroth had taken a major hit.
I almost felt as if I were a robot repeatedly going through the daily motions of life.
But then I started to focus on my mindset. I started consuming as many of the thoughts that I wanted to reflect as I possibly could. I would have motivational pep-talks with myself in the bathroom mirror. I began to indulge in anything and everything that could potentially help me to strengthen my mindset. And as I began doing these things, my mindset began to improve almost immediately.
While life is not and never will be perfect, the life I am living on a daily basis is only getting better and better.
I want to share with you some of the things that I do on a daily basis to strengthen my mindset, as well as 6 powerful mindset shifts that I believe will help you to live a happier and more meaningful life just like the one I have found.
6 Powerful Mindset Shifts For A Happier Life
1. Seeing life’s stresses as blessings.
I am a person who stresses and overthinks every thought that passes through my mind, especially when it comes to money. I have always had a fear of losing a significant amount of money because I have long believed that money defined my worth. As a result, I saved every last penny and spent nothing.
This is still something that I struggle with, but not nearly to the extent that I used to. One of the things that has helped me to overcome manage my fear of losing money is to see the stress that I am feeling as a blessing.
Do I need to spend money and take a vacation? Do I need to go to the store and buy more clothes and shoes? Do I need to pay $70 a month for a gym membership?
The answer to all of these questions is no, I don’t need to. But I get to. I am blessed enough to be in a position where I have the luxury of doing basically anything I want. I have the money to do so, I have the resources I need, and I have the freedom to explore and be who I want to be. These are things that the majority of the world’s population don’t have the luxury of.
Once I started to change my mindset and see my stresses as blessings instead of negative stresses, they became far more manageable to endure. As a result, life has been more enjoyable to live.
2. Change “Why me?” into “Why not me?”
I would often look at the struggles that I was facing and wonder why they were happening to me. From being picked on at school, depression, and then an eating disorder that I couldn’t manage to get a grip on, it almost felt as if life had singled me out and was constantly going up against me and challenging my every move. I felt like a punching bag who was never going to be able to dodge the next blow.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that life wasn’t going up against me. While life was testing me, it was also helping to strengthen me for all of the obstacles and challenges that I would face later in life.
We all deal with our own struggles, but instead of seeing these struggles as a roadblock, it’s time that we start seeing them as opportunities to help us grow from who we were before into who it is that we want to be.
3. Be who you want to be.
We often look at contentment as a destination. We tell ourselves that we will be happier once we have achieved our goals, once we have secured a job that is going to pay us the money we desire, or once we buy whatever it is that we want.
While it’s good to have wants and desires, why should we wait until we achieve these wants and desires before we can finally be happy? Instead, why not be as happy as we possibly can so that we can achieve these wants and desires?
I don’t know about you, but I am far more effective and motivated when I am happy. If I am not happy while doing something, I am a lot less motivated and tend to throw in the towel before I even get started.
Focusing on my happiness first has really made an impact in my life. Not only does it make everything more enjoyable, but I also feel a sense of gratification in enjoying the life that I am living instead of being so focused on an end goal that I forget to enjoy all that I am already blessed with.
4. The world is abundant.
Don’t think of happiness, success, or luxury as things that are scarce. Think of them as things that the world is full of, all you need to do is find them.
When you start to wonder whether or not there is enough of something to go around, you start to compare yourself to other people. As we all know, comparison is the thief of joy. But when you believe the world is abundant, with more than enough to go around, life will start to present to you the resources you need in order to obtain the desires that you want.
If somebody else has something that you don’t have, don’t compare yourself to them. Instead, acknowledge the fact that your desires are out there and if others can have them, so too can you.
5. Life is a journey.
I used to long for happiness. I would picture myself achieving my dreams, and as I mentioned earlier, I would only allow myself to be happy once I achieved those dreams. It was almost as if I treated my happiness like retirement – a destination that we often save until later in life.
Happiness isn’t a destination though. Happiness is a journey. Every day is going to bring new thoughts, new challenges, and new opportunities to grow our minds in ways that we never thought imaginable. If happiness were a destination, we would be chasing it for the rest of our lives without ever living with it.
Instead, one thing that I started to focus on, was seeing my happiness as a journey. While I want to feel as much of it as I possibly can in the present moment, I also want to continue to grow and expand on what happiness looks like to me with every passing day.
6. I am capable of anything and everything.
None of these previous tips will matter if you do not believe in yourself and all that you are capable of achieving.
Everything first starts from within your mind. If you don’t think that you have the ability to achieve the life you want to live, then you are never going to achieve it.
But when you start to change your thoughts to more positive and uplifting thoughts – thoughts of worth, abundance, and worthy – that’s when you start to achieve the happier life that you desire. Envision yourself living that dream life of yours. Envision yourself having the success that you are seeking, the happiness that you are craving, and the love that you are longing. Feeling the emotion of living the life that you desire helps you to perceive the reality that you want. Once you do this, you will start to attract the very things that you most desire.
Our beliefs can either be what holds us back or helps us grow. Regardless of what you believe or have previously been told, know that you are the only person who can create the life that you want to live, and it all starts with your mindset.
Use these powerful mindset shifts to help you eliminate the negative emotions that you may be feeling and attract more of the ones you want to feel. They have helped to completely change my life, and I am confident that they will help you to do the same as well.