Today is a new day that has been handed to you for sharing. You have the tools, now get out there and create a masterpiece. There has never been a more exciting time to be alive! Opportunities and resources are virtually unlimited, and our ability to succeed is only limited by our willingness to embrace the challenges, and take action to make our dreams come true.
You may or may not agree with this statement, and some will probably wonder what planet I’ve been living on. The point is your gut reaction to it will be a clear indicator of your current mindset; in other words your overall view of life. Mindset is a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situation.
Your mindset matters enormously because it affects your decisions and where you place your focus, in other words, it has the ability to help or hinder you. A fixed mindset can leave you feeling dis-empowered and a victim of whatever obstacles life happens to throw your way. A growth mindset strengthens your self-confidence because, while fully aware of the challenges, you believe in the power of possibilities.
Your mindset matters enormously because it affects your decisions and where you place your focus
Regardless of what your mindset is at this moment, the most important thing for you to know – and accept – is that your mindset is not carved in stone. Your mindset is what YOU choose to operate with. You have the power to be the person you want to be by choosing to think from that particular perspective. This is the essence of mindset is where you decide who you are going to be and how you are going to do it.
Now the easiest thing for you and me at this point would be to finish this article with something like “6 Easy Steps to Master Your Mindset.” The problem is, even if you’re already convinced your mindset could use a little massaging at this point, simply reading a list of tips just isn’t going to be enough to get you to take action and create meaningful change. Real change starts from within with a hefty dose of self-awareness. And that is why there is power in asking – and answering – questions.
It’s not that we don’t know the right answers; it is just that we don’t ask the right questions. It may seem obvious to state that the kind of questions we ask trigger specific responses; but let’s consider a couple of examples to see how this can affect the quality of your life.
What if you were to repeatedly ask yourself questions such as “Why am I always so unlucky?”, What if I had done this earlier?” or “Why I am always the loser in these situations?” Such questions are self-defeating, and the answers you get with them will naturally be dis-empowering.
Such questions are self-defeating, and the answers you get with them will naturally be dis-empowering.
On the other hand, questions like “What can I learn from this experience?”‘, “What can I do differently to move forward?” and “What am I most grateful for?” are empowering and provoke you to think in terms of possibilities, immediately setting you on the path to a more positive mindset.
Why not give this a try right now? Your honest responses to the following questions will provide you with a good feeling for your present mindset and level of self-confidence. Empowering questions to begin mastering your mindset;
- What gets you excited about life?
- What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
- What is one thing you most grateful for?
- What does it mean to allow another person to truly love you?
- Who do you think stands between you and happiness?
- How do you define your success?
- Beyond the titles that others have given you, who are you?
- What is your greatest strength?
- What are your top five personal values?
- What have one thing you not done that you really want to do?
- If you haven’t achieved it yet what do you have to lose?
- If not now, when?
It’s important to be patient with yourself because it takes a time to master your mindset, and it is realistic to expect a few slips along the way. But the more conscious you become of your attitudes and mindset, the more natural your new way of thinking will become. This is the point where you’ll begin to truly believe in the power of possibilities.