We all want to know the secret to success, but the reality is that there are so many factors that go into what makes one truly successful. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders. Maintaining a solid mindset can go a long way towards helping you stay on the path to success.
Consider the following ways to improve your mindset as you find what inspires you to be your best self.
1. Start the day with a positive affirmation.
How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day? This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced. Instead of letting this dominate you, start your day with positive affirmations. Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be awesome today.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.
2. Learn from the Past
Identify what went wrong with your mindset this past year. Ascertaining what caused you to fall back into negative thoughts can help you to learn from the past and improve your mindset in the present and the future. Learning from your past can enable you to make adjustments as you grow in your journey.
3. Set small goals as stepping stones to your success.
Sometimes when we get caught up in the daily grind, we get so focused on not yet having reached the end goal of success. So take time to set small, frequent goals, and reward yourself in some manner after achieving them. The best way to do this is to write out a big lofty goal, and under that goal, list all the “mini goals” you need to hit in order to make it happen. Put dates next to those mini goals and focus on each step by setting aside non-negotiable, realistic blocks of time—work dates with yourself—to get them done.
4. Be Grateful for the Things You Have
If you’re having problems at work, school or at home, it can be difficult to focus on the good things in your life. It’s so easy to set around and feel sorry for yourself and complain about all the things you don’t have when things go wrong or when you feel misunderstood and neglected. You may even begin questioning why life has to be so hard but that’s not going to make things better.
When negative feelings start to take over your thoughts, shift to a more positive mindset by thinking about all the good things in your life. There is always something to be grateful for such as good health, a loving family, a nice home or a great job. It may even help to carry a small notepad around with you so you can jot down the things you’re grateful for as you think of them. Over time you may end up with a very long list that will help put things in perspective and instantly improve your negative attitude.
Try to write down five things you are grateful for every day. This is a very simple gratitude exercise that has a minimal time commitment. Many people find it to be an easy way to slide into daily gratitude habits.
5. Get inspired
Take time each day, even if it’s 10 minutes, to expose yourself to something that truly inspires you. Read the blog of someone you admire. Watch a motivational video. Write a thank you note to someone who went out of their way for you. However you choose to get inspired, making this a daily priority will you maintain your momentum. My recommendation? Come up with a list of activities that get your inspiration flowing. To me, gratitude is everything. I set the intention to write thank you notes, spend time reading and listen to music that moves me. What moves you?
Almost anybody in any situation can apply these lessons to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. As you might imagine, positive thinking offers compounding returns, so the more often you practice it, the greater benefits you’ll realise.