Reprogram Your Mind, Rewrite Your Future: How to begin a mindset shift that will change your life
Day in and day out, too many of us are repeating the same 24 hours, but dreaming, one day, we’re going to “make it”. The term is subjective. Everybody has a different vision of what success looks like. However, what is not going to differ from person to person are the fundamentals, the building blocks, needed for the climb to greatness. In anything, the beginning is the toughest part. When it comes to a successful future, mindset is the starting point. Arguably, this may be the most difficult thing to get right. I have composed a list of four points that have personally helped me shift focus to what is important, and perhaps you could find some value in these ideas as well.
First and foremost, recognize that basically everything you need to know is already within you. Yes, as progression in your work occurs, you’ll learn new information that will ultimately better you. Do not ever believe for a second there is nothing more you can learn. However, as far as basic values go, you know where you stand. You know what your dreams are. You know what you excel in. As cliché as it sounds, there are people far less qualified than you thriving in fields you should be in. Muster up the confidence, and claim your position.
Find strength in something greater than yourself. There is psychological research that suggests that, in the human brain, there is an area dedicated to faith in a higher being. Without going into too much scientific detail, there is a role that belief/religion has played in evolution and the overall survival of human beings. When putting faith in something higher than yourself, you’re not relying solely on you. Responsibility is shifted, there is comfort in knowing something bigger than you is in the lead. For me, my Christian faith acts as my guide. I’m far from perfect, but in my newfound ideology, I feel more confident in decisions I make.
Begin taking initiative. Small steps are key here. Accomplishments will act like small victories. This will be your motivation, the gasoline to your drive. I recommend keeping note of your progress. A small notebook, separate from your daily agenda, will suffice. This will serves as your place to track how far you’ve come. In looking back through it, you’ll see what has already been done and, at that point, you might as well keep at it.
Finally, keep your attitude in check. Probably the most difficult to do, yet so important. Perspective is everything, you could sit there and think you have no chance at whatever it is you want. Right then and there, you’ve already accepted failure. Remain positive in all that you do, if one path does not work out then at least you will have the ability to willingly pursue another.
Shifting your mental state is not going to be an overnight thing. Imagine, with me, a room. Now take the age you are and try to undo, however many years, of mess. It will be a process, your personal day to day life may not seem so different. Yet, prevail. Hold on to the fact that you’re taking progressive steps. That small fact alone will put you light years in front of people who are not.