Mindset is the most important factor in determining the success of your goals. Your mindset dictates your daily choices and behaviour, and we know consistent daily action is what gets you to where you want to be. You need to have a positive mindset to achieve your big dreams.
Be mindful of the content you consume. This includes instagram, facebook, tv, radio, conversations with others, and the list goes on. We are constantly bombarded with information throughout the day, it’s important to learn how to maneuver through all the noise.
Choose to consume content that will promote a positive mindset. Listen to podcasts that inspire you, follow people on instagram who motivate you, rather than make you feel ‘less than’. Go out to dinner with a friend who supports your big dreams in life, go to networking events with likeminded people, read books that discuss positive mindset.
Infusing your day to day life with positive content will shape your thoughts to be, you guessed it, more positive. Remember, you are in control of who and what gets your attention.
Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep each night is essential for having a more positive mindset. Just think about it for a moment, how do you feel throughout the day after only a few hours of sleep the night before? The words grumpy, irritated, foggy, and unmotivated come to mind for me.
Studies show that sleep makes you more energized, clear minded, and motivated. You have better decision making capabilities and are more likely to take on challenging tasks. It also improves your physical health and emotional well-being. A lack of sleep has been linked to poor mental health and chronic stress. It’s no surprise that when you get enough sleep, you naturally have a more positive mindset.
The current sleep recommendation, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, is 7-9 hours of sleep each night for adults ages 18-64, so make sure you grab those Z’s!
Meditate. Part of a meditation practice includes observing the mind. When we take the time to sit in stillness and observe our thoughts, we can gain insight into the quality of thoughts we are having.
On most days we are usually too busy running from one task to the next to notice the stories we play in our heads. What are the conversations you have with yourself each day? Are they positive? Are they kind? Many of us run a negative internal dialogue with ourselves without even realizing. We say things like, "I'm not good enough to accomplish that", "that's not possible", and "I can't try that because I might fail".
We can only begin to improve our mindset when we are willing to take the time to notice our current thought patterns. Meditation helps us to become more aware of these patterns and helps us to develop the ability to catch and put an end to a negative thought pattern. Just 5 minutes of meditation each day can improve your mindset. Before you know it your internal dialogue will be more like, "I can't wait to try that", "With hard work I know I can...", and "I'm so excited to..." I'm sure you can fill in the blank!
I hope these tips help you as much as they've helped me! I'll end with a quote I love from Henry Ford,
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right"
Photos by Sanjin Kastelan
Sources: ‘Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams’ by Matthew Walker, PhD, and Public Health Agency of Canada’s sleep recommendations https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-adults-getting-enough-sleep-infographic.html