Having a rough time lately? Read this guide to learn how to shift your narrative for a fresh start on life.
Between a worldwide pandemic, crippling recession, natural disasters, and the general chaos of the world, it’s safe to say we’ve all had a rough year.
That’s why this is good time check in on yourself to re-evaluate how things are really going. During your reflection, I want you to gather up all of life’s stresses and negativity, and drop them off at your local dumpster like I just did.
I want you to set these burdens aside by resetting your mindset.
Mindsets, which are constructed through conscious and unconscious conditioning, are not as permanent as they may seem. By learning new skills, developing new habits, and improving one’s health, people can form new neural connections, resetting their mindset. In other words, we can reset them any time we want!
I don’t know about you, but I could REALLY use a mindset reset in my life right now!
Use these 5 tips below to reset your mindset!
1. Check In With Yourself
Before you change yourself you first need to check in with yourself and ask WHY you want to change. Look for motivation that is beyond what I call “meme motivation”. This kind of motivation is more driven by replicating the behavior from social media or vague reasons like trends.
Instead, look inward and consider your goals, dreams, and emotions, and find out what is truly motivating you. You’re going to want to identify reasons that you can come back to when you struggle, that inspire you to continue setting your mindset over the long term.
Go ahead and write them down. In fact, this is a good habit to do regularly. I encourage you to get a journal and to write these down and review them at the end and beginning of every month to make sure you are on track.
2. Act the Part
Have you heard about “dressing the part” or “faking it until you make it?” This step in setting your mindset follows similar logic. By acting like someone who has the mindset you desire, you can enable yourself to adopt that mindset.
For example, if you want to be a healthier, happier person overall, you need to start eating cleaner and moving your body while adjusting your mindset to think about how you enjoy those two things.
Find recipes that are a joy to make. Make thatfancy smoothie and make all your friends jealous at how healthy you are. Move your body in a way that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. It’s not a chore or something youhave to do, it’s a privilege to have the means to change your life in the way you want to.
3. Upgrade Your Narrative
The narrative you carry weighs on you.
If you don’t actually believe you can achieve your dreams then your mindset will literally make it impossible. Get rid of all of the negative self-talk you use to bring yourself down. Swap out “I’ll never be able to do it” with “I’ve GOT this.”
An exercise you can try is flipping your take on a situation. If something bad happens that makes you upset, flip it into something positive. For example, if you have to wait in a long line at the DMV like I recently did, don’t get annoyed, rather, think of it as the gift of time you needed to catch up on your reading or to touch base with a friend.
Once your internal narrative is corrected, change how you speak to other people. What we do externally, like putting ourselves down to others, can actually hurt us internally, reinforcing a negative message.
Let me correct it for you right now.
You are worthy, you are capable, you are strong, you are resilient, and you GOT THIS.
If you have ever have any doubts, just post a SOS in ouramazing support group and we will set the record straight for you.
4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
To change your mindset you have to change up your environment. By keeping everything around you the same, the people around you the same, and the activities you’re doing the same, you make it too easy to fall back into your old mindset.
Think of things you’ve wanted to do that always scared you. Join a new workout class. Meet some new people. Try anew recipe and share it with your friends. Come and meet with us on Zoom (check in ourFacebook Group to sign up). Make a change in your daily routine.
By getting out of your comfort zone you enable your brain to think in new ways.
We either keep growing, or we stagnate. I don’t know about you, but I’m moving forward, not backwards. And I will shed any old weight (physical and emotional) that I have to get there!
5. Create New Healthy Habits
Making healthy changes in your life can naturally boost your mindset in surprising new ways.
What you eat literally changes your brain chemistry. Your brain is a big deal- it’s in charge of keeping everything in order including how we move, feel and think. That’s why the foods we eat play such a crucial role in keeping our brain healthy in areas such as mood, mindset and concentration.
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past, or how far we have to go to get healthy. Because every 7-10 years, our bodies replace themselves with almost anentirely new set of cells.
In some organs, there are new cells turning over every few days.
That’s right- a fresh start every couple days!!
Think about the possibilities this gives us for our own personal transformation. By making smart changes to your diet, mindset and lifestyle, you can completely transform into the best version of yourself.
That means, no matter what we’ve done, we all get a second chance!