I never used to think much about mindset. Kind of an oxymoron: my mindset was that mindset wasn’t a ‘thing’.
I feel very differently now. I believe that mindset is everything. I believe that mindset affects your beliefs, your values, your choices, it affects the way you react to situations, and it affects how much positivity or negativity that you experience in your life. Becoming aware of your mindset is a huge step in personal growth. Knowing why you value and believe the things that you do is important to becoming who you are meant to be.
Your mindset can also be the reason for success or lack thereof in life. If you believe that you will be able to do the things that you dream of, it will happen. Conversely if you believe that your dreams will never come true, then they probably won’t.
I never really believed that I could change my actions or the way I felt about things or reacted to situations, but that is in fact very untrue. It is not easy to change these things about yourself but overtime it is achievable. Becoming self-aware and creating a mindset of happiness, positivity, light and love will help you grow into a mindset that will make you into the person you have always admired and wanted to be.
If you struggle being happy with your job, take a look at your mindset.
If you struggle finding happiness with your body, take a look at your mindset.
If you struggle being content with the things that you have in your life right now, take a look at your mindset.
Are you sensing a theme here?
I am not suggesting that you don’t change any of these things but allowing yourself to have a mindset of either ‘I am content with where I am’ or a mindset of ‘I will work toward the change I want to see’ will allow you to find peace in your life and quiet that voice in your head that says ‘I’m not happy but I can’t change’.
Change is possible and, in fact, change is the only thing that we can count on. If we can change our clothes, shoes or hair we can change our mindset. It is not as easy, but it is definitely not impossible.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”. – George Bernard Shaw
Changing my mindset is something that I have struggled with in my own life. Thoughts about not having a large enough house, or nicer car, a more successful Etsy shop or trendier clothes come to mind. And let’s face it; social media doesn’t help. Seeing people on exotic vacations or buying expensive things can really send me into a spiral of a negative mindset. I am not proud of it but I am only human!
To combat this I find that just doing a five minute meditation to reflect on my blessings and the wonderful things that I have in my life really help. I remind myself that I am already a success, I have a roof over my head, food in my kitchen, a husband and children that love me, the ability to be a work-from-home mom and of course the ability to dream big and to realize those dreams and make them come true. The ‘things’ that I have do not define me, or make me a good or a bad person. Defining characteristics are actions and your actions are directly influenced by your mindset.
Bearing in mind that we do have a lot of control over what we think and the way we feel I challenge you to work on your mindset. To surround yourself with those things and people that help you have a healthy, positive, and happy mindset. I will leave you with this very simple but powerful quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.”
About the author:
Meredith Reed lives in central Pennsylvania, is married to her high-school sweetheart, Mike, and is a work-at-home mom to two fun, crazy toddler boys. She discovered yoga through PiYo Live classes about two and a half years ago and has continued to enjoy the practice ever since! She loves to laugh, relax in the sun, go on trips with her family, eat cookies and be outside. Meredith has a shop on Etsy where she sells handmade/personalized accessories for women. You can find out more about Meredith by going to merescrafts.com, liking her on Facebook at MeresCrafts, or Instagram, @merescrafts.