HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MINDSET 

Understanding how to change your mindset is one of the most important things you can do in your quest to live your best life. Mindset is a huge factor in determining how the reality of your life plays out.

Look around you and you will notice that the people who expect their lives to go well find that generally, they do. On the other hand those who are full of doom and gloom tend to be supported in this attitude by the black cloud that seems to follow them around.

With this awareness, if you know that your mindset is holding you back in some ways from the life that you truly want to live, you will probably agree that some changes are in order.

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A PLAN FOR HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

This article is a follow-up to Change Your Mindset, which outlines the first five action steps in a plan for how to change your mindset. Once you have worked through those steps, you can move on to the next set of five steps for mindset change detailed below:

6. REPLACE RATHER THAN REMOVE

In the second step from part one of this series, you were guided to make a decision about which parts of your mindset need changing. Now that you are at the point of working to make this change, here is one key that will help you in doing this successfully.

Don’t try to “get rid” of negative beliefs. In fact, the less you think about them all, the better. Rather than focusing on what you no longer want to tell yourself, shift your attention to the new and improved belief that you want to have in its place.

7. BE CONSISTENT AND PERSISTENT

Just like in the quest for physical fitness, in changing your mindset there is no substitute for consistency. Working out once in a while and lying on the couch the rest of the time is not going to give you the fabulous physique you desire.

In learning how to change your mindset, the importance of being consistent and persistent cannot be overemphasized. You have to work at gradually changing your beliefs every day.

The beliefs you have now didn’t just pop into your head of their own accord. You practiced thinking them a lot before they became an ingrained part of your mindset. Now you have to practice thinking the new beliefs you want to have just as much in order to make these stick.

8. DON’T GIVE UP

Changing your mindset can be a long and challenging process. It is true that just lapsing into the old, well-worn patterns of thinking that you are trying to change can seem like a tempting option. It is so much easier to keep on thinking what you are used to thinking. No effort required.

However, think about what this means. As the quote from Henry Ford goes, "If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten."

Are you satisfied with what you have been getting? I doubt it, since you are here reading this article on how to change your mindset to begin with!

Yes, it takes time, but the time will pass anyway. Yes, it takes work and discomfort, but even though those old  beliefs are easy to keep thinking, thanks to practice and momentum, are they really that comfortable?

Keep building your desire for change, and your belief that change is possible, until that momentum is what keeps you moving forward. Even when some part of you wants to quit.  

9. EXPECT SETBACKS

The process of changing your mindset is not going to be all smooth sailing. Sometimes you will feel like you are taking two steps forward, and one step back. Even if that is the case, you are still gradually moving toward your goal.

Things will happen in your life that will challenge the tentative new beliefs that you are working to create. Accept that sometimes it may be downright impossible to keep thinking the thoughts that you are training yourself to think. However, the situation will pass, and training your thoughts will become a bit easier again.

If you expect to stumble, you will be more prepared to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on track. If you fall, give yourself a moment to get your breath back, but don’t stay down too long.

According to the Japanese proverb, success is the ability to fall down seven times, and stand up eight times. Nowhere does it claim that success means never falling down.

10CELEBRATE ALL FORWARD MOVEMENT

Make a point of noticing the progress that you are making, and giving yourself credit for it, no matter how small it seems.

Success builds on success, so when you notice what you are doing right, you are creating the mindset for doing more and more things right.


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