What exactly is a mindset?
In short, a mindset is your attitude. It’s your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, ideologies, assumptions, and expectations. And it’s wicked important to have a good mindset when it comes to, well, anything really. But when it comes to your wellness, holy shit, it’s the Holy Grail. ...it's also the first key to creating Self-Care Independence.
There are two different types of mindsets that folks tend to hang out in; either fixed or growth (though sometimes we fade in and out of both).
A fixed mindset is more rigid and judgmental. It believes that a person is either good or bad at something, and that one’s abilities, talents, and intelligence are fixed.
A growth mindset is just the opposite. It’s more flexible and understands that with effort a person can evolve their abilities. They believe in possibilities.
Which do you think is more helpful when navigating self-care?
There are lots of ways to loosen up a fixed mindset, but they all boil down to one thing: Language.
Our brains are lumpy grey computers that work on algorithms. And our default settings are based on how we’ve been programmed. But, like any other computer, we have the ability to be reprogrammed. Switching up the narrative from self-limiting verbiage to something more positive and empowering will transform your algorithm, and set you up for growth.
How to achieve a growth mindset.
Step 1: Practice Self-Awareness
Make it your job to become aware of the words you use.
Whether you’re journaling, having conversations, or entertaining random thoughts in your head, notice what kinds of words you’re using. Are they definitive? Self-limiting? Judgmental? Pessimistic? Negative?
They usually show up as:
- Not Supposed To
- That’s Just…
If you find words like these are popping up in your life, try swapping them out for something a little juicier, like:
- With Practice
- In Time
Step 2: Sprinkle That Shit EVERYWHERE
Once you’re aware of the makeover your mindset needs, the next step is to turn your thoughts into action.
Affirmations, mantras, journaling and mindfulness practices that support positive language are great places to start (and I even have a Mindset Makeover Kit if you need one).
Step 3: Practice, Practice, Practice
You’ve spent years programming your brain to operate they way it currently does. So, reprogramming that noodle of yours is going to take time, and patience, and a mother-lovin’ load of practice.
But don’t worry, you’re worth the investment.
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