Your mindset is the strongest part of you. What you believe shapes your life in every way possible. Believe that you’re a good person and you will continue to find ways to do good. Believe the world is against you and your brain and experiences will prove it to you repeatedly. Believe that you are blessed and you’ll find gratitude in everything. Believe that you’re a failure, then you will experience that feeling. Believe that you can succeed and you will find ways to succeed!
Whatever you believe, your mind will show you, whether it’s good or bad. Once you figure out how to manage your thinking though, your life will change in ways you couldn’t have imagined!
Our lives are a cumulation of experiences. Our minds pick up tidbits of information from each of those experiences and solidify them into categories – good, bad, success, failure etc. and from there we begin to color our days with whatever category is greater. However, you can change your mindset from negative to positive if you choose! But the key here is that YOU must choose.
I am a glass 1/2 full type of girl. I have always been that way. I think it’s innate to my personality. However, there were times in my life when my glass felt empty as everything was going wrong. So I sat down with myself and decided that I would just be grateful for the proverbial glass, even if I felt it was empty. As time went by, my gratitude, counting my blessings even when there wasn’t much to count, began to increase as I kept up with my newfound skill of counting my blessings instead of concentrating on the lack in my life. At times I had to be pretty creative in finding some gratitude, but I did it. Everyday which gradually turned into one day realizing that I no longer struggled to find something to be grateful for because it felt like I had a bit more good in my life than I had awhile back. I kept up with my gratitude list and each day I had more to be thankful for and my glass began to fill itself. After a month of diligence, I realized one morning that I am grateful for the glass because…it can always be refilled!
It’s not a glass that’s only 1/2 empty or 1/2 full! It’s a glass that I’m grateful for that I can refill endlessly! It’s not a question of either/or…it’s a question of how my mindset has gradually changed and my limits have decreased and my beliefs have expanded!
There’s an exercise in Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life which is similar to this one. Simply put, she asks you to close your eyes and to imagine you have a container to hold water. You go to the water source of your choice (ocean, river, pool, kitchen tap) and you fill your container. As you fill your container you realize that your mindset limits are in direct correlation to the size of your container.
So how can you expand your mindset limitations?
Continue the exercise and imagine larger containers to fill. Expand your containers and you expand the wonderfully endless possibilities in your life!
Have you ever read her book? It’s a great personal development book to begin with if you’re looking to begin to get to know yourself better. I highly recommend it!
Let me know if you’ve read it and how you felt after reading it! Her book began my healing journey and I’m forever grateful!