It is apparent that it would be impossible for us to emerge from this pandemic unchanged. The choice now is to commit to allowing change for the better. To emerge with new skills and tools. The lessons we can learn about mindset from our current challenges will last us a lifetime. Mindset after all is a decision, a choice to choose differently. To choose hope, love, positivity and to look for opportunities to grow instead of only seeing negatives, fear and loss. Shifting your mindset may not alter the course of events but it will change your view of the world – your perception is your reality.
MASTER YOUR MINDSET
What is mindset and why does it matter?
For years I let my mindset hold me back. I stayed in jobs that made me unhappy, operating from a place of fear and lack, instead of gratitude and abundance. I kept running on the same hamster wheel, stuck in a gloomy, gray situation where there should be sun. When I finally adjusted my mindset and my outlook, my world began to shift. I quit my corporate job to build the life I wanted, and founded my company, Avanti Alliance, to help empower other women to do the same.
5 TIPS FOR MASTERING YOUR MINDSET
1. A daily gratitude practice
Writing or meditating on everything you have to be grateful for helps you appreciate where you are life right now. It’s the best way to open ourselves up to new opportunities for abundance, by seeing what we have in a positive, fulfilling light. Even now, especially now, practicing daily gratefulness helps keep us grounded in what matters. It is our reminder that we can always find abundance in our lives even in times of great challenge. Starting your day grateful for what you already have sets your mindset to continue to look for blessings as you go about your day. This practice allows you to open your mind to the little things. The sun shining through the clouds, the smell of your brewing coffee, the laughter of your loved ones.
This was already a hot topic and ever more so with the current reality. Self-care can range from taking a break to go read a book in a quiet (or semi-quiet) spot of your house. It can mean taking a bubble bath, feeding your body nourishing foods or challenging your body with a workout video. No matter how you define self-care and how big or small those acts of care are what is important is the time. Finding time to put yourself first, despite everything, should be a priority not an option. Kids cannot be an excuse for not prioritizing yourself. This is critical to your physical and emotional well-being. We need to show our children that prioritizing ourselves is important, so we don’t perpetuate the cycle of burnout, stress and anxiety. By taking care of ourselves we open up to having the mental and physical capacity to be there for the ones we love. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
3. Meditation and mindfulness
Mindfulness in our daily lives allows us to appreciate where we are, and helps us focus on where we want to go. We are able to connect with our mind and body in stillness in ways we can’t when faced with the daily barrage of screens and to-do lists. Similar to a gratitude practice, it sets your tone and intention for what’s to come. Stillness allows us to recalibrate from the day or to prepare us for what is next. Sitting in stillness allows us to open our minds and our hearts to what is going on in our body instead of just around it. By focusing on breath and connecting with ourselves we are able to release tensions we may not even realize we are carrying. Many of us are barraged throughout the day with the needs of others meditation is a time for us to focus inward and identify what we may need ourselves.
Move your body, change your mind. Daily movement impacts our brain function in many positive ways. It increases neuroplasticity and cognitive function. It improves your mood. It decreases stress and anxiety. In fact, studies have shown that not only does exercise improve your mental health, it improves your work performance and your ability to learn and retain information. Prioritizing exercise even when it is hard to find the time or the motivation isn’t there is often the best thing you can do to turn your day around. Even a 20-minute low intensity workout can have profound effects on your mood an outlook.
5. Say ‘no’ to negativity
Pay attention to the things in your life that bring you down or suck your energy. Then learn to say no to those things. Cut out those things that don’t bring you joy or contribute to positivity in your daily life. There is a lot of valuable information out there right now and while we should be informed, we do not need to live in a state of information gathering, especially if that constant barrage of information is having a negative impact on our health and our outlook. It’s OK to turn off the news, to stop scrolling on social media, to stop focusing and surrounding ourselves with all of the negative. It’s OK to turn it off. While we cannot eliminate every negative aspect of our lives, we can control how much space and control we give to the negativity. We can find ways to set healthy boundaries to limit its effect. Practicing gratitude, self-care, meditation and exercising are all ways to combat the negativity. To turn inward and find the strength and grace you will need to get through the challenging times.
When you master your mindset, you master your whole worldview. You do not have control over what happens to you but you do control how you chose to perceive it. Even in the most challenging of circumstances we can find light. These lessons will go with us all when we emerge from this better, stronger.
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