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How to Cultivate a Positive Mindset

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Mindset is the #1 predictor of success.

The conversations you have with yourself play a major role in determining your growth. Thinking that you can’t do something can become a self-fulfilling prophecy that prevents you from acting and making decisions you need to live your best life.

The good news is that there is good news!

Transform Your Mind

When you transform the way you think, you will be able to look at the world with a new perspective.

Let’s use learning how to drive a stick shift car as an example. For anyone who has learned, you know that it can be stressful especially as a beginner. Think about how stressful it was when the car cut off at an intersection with cars honking behind you. Or when you had to stop at a light on a steep hill and couldn’t get the car back into gear without rolling backwards so you let mom or dad in the passenger seat take over. Anyone experienced this or just me?

My point is, we’ve probably all been in a new or stressful situation where we were out of our comfort zone and just wanted to give up or pass the baton to someone else.

However, going back to the stick shift example, with a little practice driving becomes familiar and second nature. After you realize you can accomplish what was once so foreign, you begin so broaden your mind to other things you can do.

Did You Know

  • Negative emotions may weaken your immune response
  • Positive thinking can help you more effectively manage stress and contribute to improving your overall health
  • In face, a positive outlook has been attributed to a 30% decrease in the likelihood of one day experiencing a cardio vascular event

Where to Start

Research shows that identifying our negative thought patterns will help cultivate positive thinking patterns.

People have a natural tendency to be harder on themselves than others. We create talk down to ourselves if we don’t meet a goal, we believe others to be judging us at the gym, or we might assume the worst about others based on a false perception.

To help identify these patterns, try to start by thinking on these things:

  • Identify trigger locations – work, school, with a certain person, etc. Go into these locations with an intentional mindset to be positive. You’ll quickly realize when and what may trigger negative thoughts.
  • Give yourself permission to smile or laugh!
  • Try incorporating activity/exercise in your daily routine. Maybe a walk after dinner or a morning jog before work to get ready for your day. You’ll notice a quick change in your mood afterwards.
  • Practice positive self-talk. When you look in the mirror, try to say a few positive things about yourself! How you see yourself has a big impact on how you see the world.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Who we spend our time with is one our of our greatest influences. Spend this time well, don’t be afraid to ask for accountability or challenge others to practice positive thinking as well!

You Have the Power

New research on the mind-body connection has shown us that our mental health impacts much of our physical health. A positive mindset can lead to improvements in your overall health and well-being.

What we feed our minds on a daily basis will influence our future thought patterns.

What habits are you developing to enhance your positive mindset and health? Are you focused on your goals? What are you allowing to impact and influence you’re thinking patterns?

We’re here to help you in your journey to wellness. If you are experiencing a health challenge or some other aches and pains that are weighing on your mind, let us know.

Positive thinking: Stop Negative Self-Talk to Reduce Stress. Mayo Clinic. 2020. The Power of Positive Thinking. Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2020.