10 things to think about when you want to shift your mindset


10 things to think about when you want to shift your mindset

Shifting your mindset isn’t as easy as flipping a switch on or off. But it is as easy as waking up one and deciding you want to make better, more positive changes in your life. Often times people get to this place for many different reasons. They could be fed up with their current circumstances, they want a new beginning, they want to take where they are to the next level, or they feel their current habits aren’t giving them the life they truly want. And all that is okay. Being able to recognize you’re in that type of space is the first sign you’ve already started to shift your mindset. Here is a list of ten things I think can truly help you on this journey.

  1. Be open to change. You have to understand with any type of shift there is going to be change. When you understand upfront that things are subject to change as you grow, it won’t feel like you’re dealing with too much pressure. You will find yourself eventually getting to a place where you’re ready to see what’s next.
  2. Eliminate things that aren’t helping you grow. When you eliminate things that aren’t helping you grow, you make room to focus on things that are. Additionally, you make room to add things to your life that will help you. Those things could be a mentor, book club, bible study group, books you read independently, podcasts, webinars, seminars, or online courses.
  3. Slow down. Sometimes we get so caught up in day-to-day activities and routines, we overwhelm ourselves. So when we slow down and evaluate how our days are going, what we spend time on, and what our priorities are; we give ourselves a chance to make necessary shifts where we see fit.
  4. Gratitude. Being able to show gratitude is a huge step in shifting your mindset. Having gratitude allows you to be thankful for where you are, but still have the desire to want better. When you’re able to be thankful, you won’t get caught up or stuck in negative thoughts and feelings.
  5. Prioritize yourself. No one knows you better than you know you. So with that being said, prioritize yourself. Do things you enjoy. Go places. Hang with positive people. In doing so, you will see a positive impact on your day-to-day life.
  6. Determine if you’re satisfied with your life. This can be tricky because some people will get to this point and feel as though they’re not good enough or they’re not doing enough. However, the reality is; if you aren’t satisfied you just gave yourself the opportunity to set new goals.
  7. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. This is a good one because there have been so many times just a simple conversation with a positive person motivated me to want to do better. Or being at an event full of successful people inspired me to keep going and reach all my goals. I challenge you to start hanging around more positive people, and see if you’re still in the same thinking space 6 months to a year later.
  8. Be willing to accept the fact that something you’re doing may not be working. This is hard for some people because they feel like they always put their best foot forward in anything they do. So when something doesn’t work for them they internalize it as something is wrong with them. Instead of thinking they just need to probably make some adjustments.
  9. Think positive. Everyday isn’t perfect but every day holds its own blessings. So thinking positively on a daily basis will help you shift from always seeing the bad, or letting bad days or events have too much control in your life.
  10. Do productive activities. Before you say you don’t have time, these activities don’t have to be big or time consuming. Productive activities you can do include making your bed before you leave home, meditating for ten, twenty, or thirty minutes, writing your thoughts in a journal, meal preparation, or studying a topic you find relevant and helpful to your life.

All of these things may not apply to a person all at once, but these are things you should definitely consider when you want to change your mindset. I’ve learned being productive, positive, understanding, and surrounded with the right people can work wonders for you when you’re on this journey.

-Lori G. Clark