The mind is a powerful thing.
No matter how much I learn about mindset and practice the techniques, I’m constantly blown away by how much difference mindset shifts can make.
“Many times we can reassure ourselves by taking action and/or by talking to ourselves more positively. Our inner messages to ourselves play a big role in managing our fear – and our emotional lives in general. We need to become our own cheerleaders, supporting ourselves through difficult times as we would a friend who was afraid or taking on challenges.” – Kate Levinson, PhD
Starting a business is no joke. My mind is all over the place. I noticed the week before last that I was walking around thinking “I just don’t know what to do…” – I wasn’t even trying to make a decision! My brain was just feeding me that if I were to need to make a decision right now, I wouldn’t know what to do.
The other thing that I have caught myself doing is saying on repeat “There is never enough time. I never have enough time. I’m short on time. I’m behind and I can’t keep up.”
Again, not helpful.
That’s not solving any solutions for me!
The good news is I am aware of it now and I can stop myself. I can replace with a kinder, more gentle story. Things like:
“I’ll figure it out.”
“I’ve been productive! I can’t wait to see what I get done today.”
It’s so simple that as I write this, I wonder if it can truly be making any difference at all. But, then again, many of life’s answers are pretty straightforward. The simple wisdom of phrases that have been heard so often that we don’t even register them as advice.
“Treat others as you want to be treated.”
“The early bird gets the worm.”
Actionable Step: Today just notice what thoughts are on repeat on your internal playlist. That’s it. Just notice what they are. Then, once you have really got a good grasp on what thoughts you think all day long, determine which stories are unhelpful. Rewrite them into a kinder, gentler story that you would say to your best friend. You are your best friend, after all.