How to create a positive mindset

When you put your observer hat on and watch your thoughts, what do you notice?

The number one barrier we have to self-actualization is our mind. Limiting thoughts, negative self-talk - they keep us small, stuck, weak. Our thoughts can make us a victim of our circumstances. Where there is always something wrong.

Negative thinking also takes a lot of time and energy. These thoughts spin worry and stress like a fog that never seems to lift.  If your actions come from a negative mindset, are you in your highest self?

What if you transformed your mind into your biggest champion?

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Our mind has the ability to be one of our greatest assets. Through positive thought you are able to boost your self esteem and confidence, go for your dreams, speak up in hard moments, and so much more. You can make the impossible, possible.

A practice for creating a positive mindset

I am a big fan of mantras. Mantras are repeated words or sentences you say to yourself to create a desired feeling. I use mantras all the time with my clients and I use them myself every day. If you are thinking that you’re not into mantras, I challenge you to become aware that you may have mantras already that you're not conscious to. Instead of being positive they can sound like - I can’t, I’m not good enough, not again.

Reframing our thoughts requires a reframe in what we say to ourselves.

This week I invite you to practice saying this simple mantra everyday for a week:

I choose my thoughts.

Give it a try. See what happens.

The power of thoughts

When you put your observer hat on, what do you notice about your thoughts? Do you have a pattern with some of them? Do they hold you back?

Remember, our thoughts don’t have meaning until we give them meaning. What kind of meaning do you give your thoughts?

There’s this idea that meditation can stop thoughts. If you’ve practiced meditation, you will know that that is not true. It’s impossible to stop thoughts. What meditation does is it allows us to make space between our thoughts and the meaning we give them.

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Play in the space

Without that space, our thoughts can control us. Negative thoughts especially can result in low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, and can lead us to taking unhealthy action for ourselves and others.

There is this great quote from Mahatma Gandhi: 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.”

Action starts as a thought. If you are having thoughts that are holding you back, where is there space for you to have thoughts that free you?

This week I invite you to play in the space. This can be as simple as taking a few breaths when you notice a thought that holds you back. Or it can be a meditation practice where the space is longer. Try whichever works for you and your life. See what happens.