We probably don’t think much about how our mindset affects our life. We have always thought this way, either as a result of how we were raised or through other circumstances. Yet our mindset in fact does affect our life. By changing how we think we can improve our lives.
When we rarely feel happy and content and we realize that the reason is that of a negative mindset, it’s time to change to feel better about ourselves and attract more abundance into our life.
If money is part of that negative thinking and worrying, it seems like there can never be a solution. I know what that feels like since I was in that situation myself a few years ago. A good moment to change our mindset about money!
Do you know what kind of mindset you have?
Abundance mindset, scarcity mindset, fear mindset, fixed mindset, growth mindset, confident mindset and many more are all different types of mindsets we can have. Each unconscious and conscious belief affects our lives every moment.
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has written several books about mindset. For instance: Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential. According to her research the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. Changing even the simplest of them can transform a lot.
Once we alter our mindset we become more creative, more artistic, more intelligent, more successful, more athletic, and more fulfilled. When we are satisfied by what we have, we will feel richer than ever.
When comes the time to change?
How do you know when it’s time to change your mindset? After all, you’ve been thinking the same way for as long as you can remember.
When you start having more negative days than good ones, then that would be a good time to change. When you are often bickering at how expensive everything is, that money doesn’t grow on your back. Or if you are fed up by your spiraling thoughts that go nowhere.
The attitude that shapes our thinking which controls our actions and how we feel about things. If you have a negative attitude, then your thoughts start blaming and thinking the worst.
When you have positive or healthy thoughts, you create a better environment for yourself and those around you.
These are some reasons you may want to change your mindset
Always focused on failure instead of success.
You feel angry and disappointed over every failure without celebrating your successes. You constantly see yourself as a failure, unconsciously sending negative messages to your mind that you will fail at what ever you try to accomplish. Instead, keep a success diary acknowledging every success each day, no matter how small.
Having a victim mentality.
You’ve been a victim of bad experiences or been hurt by others you love. Or you were traumatized from some event. You’re still holding onto those moments. Instead, forgive and let go of the past.
Social media envy.
You see the unnatural glamorous lifestyles of other people online, and it makes you feel worse about yourself. You devalue what you have. You focus on what you don’t have or aren’t doing. Instead: Think about what you do have and be grateful for it. There are billions of people on this planet and at least a billion would love to have your life.
Work is a chore.
Work can be a job, housekeeping, or tending to the garden. You dread it, complain about how it always has to be you, or feel like it’s a burden. Instead, view your work as a means of providing value to others and as having an impact on you and others around you. Being able to work gives you the opportunity to contribute to your loved ones and society.
Obsessed about things you can’t control or change.
You complain about what you can’t control like the weather, government, traffic and other people. Your mind is filled with everything you don’t like, rather than what you can control which is yourself. Identify how you can change and control your own actions and thoughts to make the experience more positive. Stop complaining and start taking actions that will bring you a greater sense of accomplishment and abundance.
No gratitude for what you have.
You focus on what is wrong with things or the world, or the inadequacies in yourself and others. Instead, acknowledge that no one is perfect, and everyone learns lessons as they go. Focus on identifying the positive things you are grateful for every day.
Envy of the richest 1%.
You think everything would be better if only you were as rich as the 1% who own much of the world. You catch yourself thinking “I can’t buy that” a lot. What you think about a lot, you will attract. Focus on what you have. Ask yourself if you really need all the stuff you get so excited about and would like to own.
Ways to change your mindset to an abundance or growth mindset.
You aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Changing your mindset to one of growth allows you to see the many different paths available to you in whatever you are seeking. Progress, creative outlets or something more personal. This allows you to move forward rather than being stuck in the same place.
Develop an eye to see resources everywhere.
When you change your mindset, you see there is plenty of resources to go around. Even though there will be competition you will see the opportunities in every aspect of your life.
Start sharing ideas.
You become comfortable sharing ideas without feeling threatened or intimidated, which leads to better choices, environments and relationships. You aren’t afraid of being a part of a team and participating in group situations.
Life is abundant.
Changing your mindset to one of growth helps you build better personal, financial and romantic relationships. You realize people will always have differences. You learn that a relationship involves learning about and from each other, you grow together and develop skills to work well together.
Judge yourself and others less.
You won’t have time to waste on judging what others are saying or doing. Instead, you’ll be focusing on making progress in your life and attract people with another personality than before.
Develop a confident attitude.
When you have changed to a growth mindset you can accept constructive criticism for what it is and use it to grow from. The growth mindset helps you to be more confident because you won’t need reassurance that you’re doing it right.
You can change your mindset. And it will improve your life. Your skills can be cultivated, improved through practice, and grow. You no longer worry about what will happen. Instead you will commit to the process of doing, finishing and learning along the way.
Self improvement is worth working on
Changing your mindset helps you become a better person, improves your skills and helps you build relationships. You will step out of your comfort zone to go after what you want and believe you will get it.
There is more information like this, although more focused on actual handling money, in my free eBook Thriving after Pension with a Healthy Money Mindset. Download it.
Do you catch yourself thinking limiting beliefs? How do you solve it? Tell me in the comment box.