Your mindset in simple terms, is the way your mind has formed a set of preconceived meanings and interpretations gained from your own personal previous experiences, thoughts and actions, or the understanding and meanings you have reached from family, societal or historical messages. Its the running account your mind keeps to manage and process all of these things.
The word itself almost infers that your mind is fixed; and for some individuals they can go through life having a fixed, narrow or rigid mindset.
However just because something is ‘set’ doesn’t mean that it has to be ‘set in stone’…in my own personal opinion; anything that has the ability to be ‘set’ can be unset, or reconfigured to operate in a more efficient and productive way.
So the question is, how do you go about changing a mindset that is fixed or is potentially not working that effectively for you…
First of all you need to look at how your mindset it’s actually operating currently; meaning, do you think from a more positive or a negative position?
What does your inner critic or voice tell you? Is it encouraging or discouraging, supportive or unsupportive, optimistic or pessimistic,,,and how do you deal with these things?
Do you catch yourself in the moment of those unhelpful comments and give yourself a little pep talk, or do you run with them and give them unnecessary airplay time?
In order to set your mind on the track of more positive and helpful stuff, you need to have clarity on what it is you want, i.e how you would like your mind to be, or to work for you, then you have to work out your strategy for getting there, define your plan and take the necessary and appropriate action.
For example, If you wanted to lose weight, it wouldn’t just happen by thinking about it. You would have to set yourself a goal, work out a plan and strategy for achieving your goal, and then set about taking the action…but it takes time, practise and motivation to get those muscles into shape so that they work for you…the same applies to your mind, you have to work those muscles, and brain cells, you can do this by making a conscious effort to think positive thoughts; affirmations are a great way of doing this. Also hang out with people who are positive. Listen to music that is inspiring and positive, likewise if you find yourself sitting in front of the television, put on something inspiring and positive, if you are constantly watching negative things happening in different formats, its only going to reinforce any negativity in your life.
Yes negative things do happen in life, but when they do, even if you don’t feel like it, force yourself to do things to feel more positive, and as Joanna Lumley; the British icon and national treasure said to me earlier this week “force yourself to attack life, life is for living, and happiness is a discipline”