Our mindset can be defined as our belief system or the way we are programmed to think or operate. It is effectively our operating system!
It has been said that “success is a one-degree change”, and we know that change is an action. Mindset is not just about thinking differently; knowing or thinking differently requires us to act by applying what we learn. Even being willing isn’t all that is needed, we must actually make the effort needed to operate differently. Essentially, once we “know better, we can choose to do better”.
Many of us may struggle daily with negative thoughts or mindsets that are challenging, such as: stress, worry, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, procrastination, irritation, anger, frustration, comparing ourselves to others, wishing things or people would be different, feeling offended, loneliness, fear of failure, wishing we could lose weight, gain muscle or be more shapely, feeling controlled, wanting to find the right person or wishing our partner could be more perfect, financial issues, ignoring problems we need to face, uncertain about choices, rushing from one task to the next, not liking our jobs, and / or a variety of other concerns.
In many cases these problems are self-created.
They’re real, but our tricky minds have created them. The problems are in our heads and are created by a particular ideal or expectation of how we hope the world would be but are afraid it won’t be. These mindsets can negatively impact much of our lives.
To change possible patterns that have helped to create our belief system, we can practice mentally letting go of all of the things that potentially set us on a downward spiral, and focus on this moment. It offers an opportunity to focus on God, who never changes. This realization can empower us to have courage to choose to cherish this moment. We can effectively let go of all of the anchors that bind us to the past, our fears, our disappointments or offenses and be able to relinquish whatever we need to, so we can cultivate our winning mindset.
Like exercise, starting slow and simple, we can build up over time. A rule-of-thumb for a one-degree change in a ship’s course is “1 in 60” i.e., for every 60 miles out at sea, it will then be off course by one mile… and for a 1000 miles out the variance in where it is heading would be off course by 16.7 miles. Small but definitely significant!
A simple change in your mindset (believing you can over believing you can’t) will help you be able to replace old and ineffective patterns with refreshing new ones and ultimately provide you with hope for a brighter future. And hope can fuel your mindset for a long time!
Or you can go back to worrying about everything else if you choose.
Sheri Geyer is a Christian Life Coach, Writer, Realtor, Wife & Mom