Some people are all-in to having a positive mindset. Some are so into it that it almost seems like woo-woo stuff to the people who have a more negative mindset.
Trust me, this is not some woo-woo method for finding your inner bliss, nor does it require you to scale a mountain and sit cross-legged while chanting ohms and stuff like that. 😉
A positive mindset is much more than that and it’s serious business. It can be difficult to obtain and just as difficult to maintain until it becomes a habit and ingrained in who you are. If you’re trying to run any kind of business, it’s absolutely necessary. If you’re trying to lose weight, it can give you a big boost to your self-esteem.
A positive mindset helps you stay better focused on the goal instead of the obstacles to that goal. It helps you keep the big picture of things in the forefront of your mind. When obstacles do appear in your life or business, and they will, a positive mindset helps you discover solutions and ways to overcome those obstacles instead of just sitting still and staring at them.
On the opposite hand is a poor mindset. Having a poor mindset can make even the smallest problem seem insurmountable. It causes you to worry so much about the event that you shut yourself and your mind off from finding possible solutions. It also leads many people to give up before they’ve even started.
Here are a few things that a negative mindset can/will give you:
- leads to overreacting to situations.
- leads to making poor decisions.
- keeps you from seeing solutions to problems.
By working towards creating a better mindset and handling problems with grace and finesse, you’ll be better equipped to deal with the problems you face.
Here are a few things that a positive mindset can/will give you:
- helps you react to situations in a mature, logical method.
- helps you make well-thought-out decisions using facts instead of emotions.
- helps you find solutions to problems and keeps the problems from seeming like they are too big.
A positive mindset energizes you, while a negative mindset drains your energy.
If you’re always thinking negatively about things and worried about how big your problems and obstacles are, you already know how draining this can be. You’re probably always tired or never feel like a go-getter. You probably do just enough work on a project to get by.
Or you do just enough exercise to say you’ve done something. And no matter what you do accomplish, it never leaves you feeling good about yourself because more negative thoughts tend to creep in and steal what little joy you could be celebrating.
A positive mindset, while it can be a challenge, helps prepare you for the challenge. You may not solve every single problem you have, but when you have a healthy mindset, you see obstacles more as a way to push yourself and to grow as an individual. It also leaves you feeling more energized.
Even if you’re physically tired, you feel good about yourself and how you’ve handled situations. You already know you’re on your way to finding a solution and you’re open to the possibility that it may not be the solution you expect, but it will work out in the end.
If you’re a negative thinker, start now to change your mind. It sounds simple, but it will take some work. Every time you realize your thoughts are drifting to a negative side or negative outlook, simply reel them back in and start pointing them towards a more positive way.
Lisa Bonner is THE #1 business mental health coach and creator of the #GetBlissiplined, #BeBlissiplined movement. Lisa has more than 20 years actively teaching executive women and business owners how to worry less, sleep better, and focus on the things they can control. With Lisa’s cognitive behavior therapies, her clients are able to break through their anxiety triggers – for good. Through her casual, no-nonsense approach to mental health coaching, Lisa teaches them how to live & work a life of perpetual positive success. Lisa’s blissipline is found in cheesecake, cookies, her rescue dog, and everyday acts of kindness.