One of the key factors most successful people attribute to their success is their mindset. Our fears, limiting beliefs, negativity, and lack of confidence can all prevent or hinder us from achieving our greatest dreams. However, challenging your mindset may be the greatest achievement of your life. Here’s why you want to challenge your mindset and some food for thought.
Do you fear change?
Many of us live and die by a task list, a schedule, goals and a plan. When things happen that aren’t scheduled or planned it throws us for a loop. Sound familiar?
Change can actually be, and most often is, an opportunity. It may be an opportunity for wealth, for growth or it may simply be an opportunity to learn – when you take advantage of change you push your boundaries, you open up a whole new world of possibilities and you make room for something bigger in your life.
Contemplate whether you fear change and what you can do to embrace it instead.
Do you allow yourself to think outside the box?
Innovation stems from thinking outside of the box and if you stop to take a look around you, innovation is extremely profitable. The most dramatic example might be the airplane.
Before the Wright brothers stopped to think about what was possible, people assumed flight wasn’t. What about landing on the moon? Talking on the phone with someone halfway around the world or chatting with them on your computer?
Now these are all technology-based innovations, but there are a million products and services just waiting to be pondered and put into action. Give yourself “what if” time.
Contemplate the possibilities without any limitations. Don’t think about what you need to make something possible, not at first; just think about what is possible – dream about what is possible.
Explore your limiting beliefs
Have you ever thought, “I can’t”? Of course you have, we all have. That’s the easiest type of limiting belief to recognize and eliminate. Now, whenever you think, say or feel that you can’t, stop yourself and think, feel and say “I can.”
Other limiting beliefs are more difficult to recognize. We’re talking about those beliefs you grew up with that permeate your life, though they may not be true.
For example, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is a common saying amongst some families, but is it really true? Is it true for you? Of course if you’re rich, you’re probably thinking, “I hope so!” The point is to recognize the beliefs you have and to examine them to see if they’re true and if they’re limiting you from being and accomplishing all that you can.
If they are, explore how you can change that belief into an empowering one that supports you and your goals. They say that you can change your reality and it starts with your thoughts and beliefs.
Understand that your thoughts are 100% under your control.
There’s an amazing sense of empowerment when you realize that you can control your thoughts. It can mean the end of negative self-talk, closed mindset, and self-doubt. Of course, it takes time to recognize all of the limiting thoughts and learn how to change your mindset, but it is an effort that is well worth the time and energy.
You can control how you perceive events, how you react to challenges, and how you relate to others. When you’re able to change your mindset and control your thoughts, a whole world of opportunities opens up for you.
Mindset is a powerful thing. It can lead us astray, drive us from our strongest hopes and desires or help us fulfill our biggest dreams. Taking time to cultivate a positive mindset can change your life.
You have probably by now been stewing in thought about creating your first or next digital product. In case you are feeling a bit stuck, here is a list of ideas to keep you focused. The products that sell the best are ones that solve a problem or fill a need for a targeted audience. And as we know, when a product solves a problem or fills a need, it becomes very valuable.
1) Podcasts– Podcasts are a type of audio broadcast found on the Internet that can be downloaded and played on a computer or an mp3 player. Podcasts can be found on topics ranging from dog training to sports to quantum mechanics. The FDIC even has their own podcast network which teaches basic personal finance skills.
Believe In Your Ability to Succeed
Thinking about working for yourself can bring out all sorts of anxieties that throw questions up at you that make you nervous. Questions like, “What if I don’t have a college degree?”
The Power of Motivating Imagery
We all have days when we know we have to get things done – perhaps there is a deadline to meet, a school meeting to get to, or a lengthy blog post or article to be written, and we just can’t seem to muster the energy to get ourselves to it.
Now, I don’t feel that anyone should ever push themselves when what their bodies and spirits are telling them is that they should take a time out and rest. If that is the case, then it is best to honor the instincts and gut feelings around this and take some time for yourself.
However, there are times when we may be feeling unmotivated, and although we feel healthy in body and mind, we need a little nudge in the right direction – something to give us that breath of fresh air that will allow us to get through to the other side of what needs doing.
I personally find using simple imagery to be a very powerful technique, as it allows the mind chatter to cease, and it automatically helps the breath to regulate, thereby sending a sense of calm to the nervous system.
Think about this for a moment – what happens to you when look at a picture of your children?
Are there pictures or artwork that seem to help you recall why you are working so hard every day? The power of motivating imagery is strong and vast, and can work for you in your everyday life despite many challenges you may be experiencing.
Accessing even just one ‘right’ image that works for you and your overall peace and harmony can help you get through almost anything.
Using Motivating Imagery Wherever You Go
When you are at home and feeling lackluster, is there any certain place or object that you turn your focus to? Perhaps photos from a past vacation, photos of your friends and family, or a painting that you have loved for many years?
Looking at images like these that refresh us and remind us of the love around us and the good times we have had can help us to tap back in to that joy that we remember on a deep level.
It usually isn’t difficult to find motivation when you’re at home because you’re in the midst of all that you’ve worked hard to accomplish. But what happens when you’re at work and dreading every minute of it?
When you’re at work and your boss has just finished his annoying rant, or your co-worker just finished disturbing your peace, you need a quick source of motivation to keep pushing you forward.
Where can you find that burst of energy when you’re in the middle of a busy workday? If you work out of home and at a computer, you don’t have to look any further than your computer for all the motivating imagery you need.
You can download motivating wallpapers to your computer desktop so when you’re in the middle of those stressful moments, you have a source at your fingertips to inspire and motivate you.
These inspirational images can serve as a powerful reminder of why you work so hard. If nothing else, you can lose yourself in the image for just a moment. This can help ground you and allow you to shift perspective, on the spot, and in the moment.
A moment of refreshment recharges you and gives you the power to attack your to-do lists in a positive and systematic way. There are many types of inspirational wallpapers for you to choose from.
Many of them are simply an inspirational image, while others combine a quote or affirmation with a scenic picture. These can be very powerful because they use images and words, the two things that the mind responds to the best.
Whether you’re sitting in your office or away on business, you may just need something calming, familiar, and reassuring to bring back your motivation and inner peace. The great thing about the wallpapers is that they don’t take up any space, they’re often free, and no one has to know they’re there.
You can use these images whenever you’re at your computer and need a helping hand. This is a quick and easy tool that has the power to recharge your batteries during a tough day.