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4 Ways to Elevate Your Thoughts and Break Mindset Barriers

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Have you ever considered the enormous power thoughts have on your life? Why do we so often forget that building a healthy mindset is stronger than any other attribute of human power? Our mind doesn’t know limits if we don’t create them, and you know what the best part is? We can think the way we choose to.

I bet you’ve heard at least one story about some young man who came from the low-income family with basic education, no money whatsoever, no resources and no influences. How did he make it to the top and become one of the best influencers with a fat bank account and happy family? It was the proper mindset which created this life for him.

Here are 4 ways to enhance your thoughts and break these illusionary barriers in our mind:

1. Choose your thoughts

This is the most fundamental step, yet so many of us don’t do it. It is easy to slip and think in a negative way. Many people choose negative thoughts over positive since it is easier to complain then do something about it. Since you are reading this, I am convinced you aren’t this person.

The best tool to use for controlling your thoughts is conscious awareness. What thoughts dominate your mind? Do you often catch yourself thinking in negative terms? If yes, change it instantly. Simply choose thoughts that you know excite you, make you feel good, something that puts a smile on your face. By everyday practice, it will eventually become a habit.

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

2. Take responsibility for your feelings

Feelings are even more important than thoughts since we think based on how we feel. People adopted this misconception that the way they feel depends on people or circumstances. Well, this is just a big lie which isn’t true. You and I are the only ones here in charge of the feelings we have. No one has the power to make you feel a certain way as long as you don’t allow them to.

By taking responsibility for your mood and happiness, you’ll free yourself from the nonsense of having a bad day for no reason. Let people be the way they want to be and mind your business. Focus on the positive things in your life and smile for no reason.

 

3. Support your mind with motivational and inspirational material

Books and audios are a great way to help motivate yourself or change your perspective and open your mind. Reading and learning about yourself or the area of your expertise gives you valuable knowledge for improvement.

I want to recommend you an app called Scribd. It is an excellent app with thousands of different books and audiobooks which you can read or listen to right from your phone or tablet. There is a little subscription monthly fee, and you are ready to go. I found it very convenient since there are all many incredible books and audios for personal development from the best influencers. You’ll definitely want to check it out.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

4. Get real with yourself

Do you want to spend the rest of your life feeling powerless? Don’t you get angry even thinking about it? I do, and that’s why we have to refuse to live this way. Get real with who you are and what you demand from yourself. Those dreams and thoughts you have had about a fantastic future will become a reality if you understand that the mindset is everything.

Your past doesn’t define you. You determine who you are based on thoughts circulating in your mind. Whatever you create, will become a reality. Choose the empowering thoughts. Use visualizing your dreams as fuel to keep moving forward and break any limits. I know that this isn’t an overnight job, and it may be challenging but to have success and true happiness in life, you have to break barriers, not build them up.

What is your secret in building healthy mindset full of empowering thoughts? Share it with us and leave a comment below.

Silvia committed her life to many things but one of them is helping people in turning their pain into power and teach them how to find benefits in the most difficult events of their lives. She is a motivational speaker and founder of CourageWithinYou platform.  She has written well over 200 articles oriented on personal development, success, and healthy mental growth. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her personal website www.silviaturon.com.

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  1. Vanessa LeMaistre

    Jan 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Like you said, conscious awareness. I usually use my bad feelings as an indicator that I need to 1. Take responsibility for my thoughts and feelings 2. Change my thoughts (combat them if I need to,) so I can change my reality. I constantly choose to fill my mind with positive affirmations. Even the things I clearly know I don’t believe, I give myself positive mantras in response to those negative self thoughts. And I also breathe in and out with my inhale focusing on “I” and my exhale focusing on “can.”

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We all have a God-given destiny to fulfill that we were each born with. I personally believe it is buried deep down within us. The number one secret to success is to let it emerge out of you and release it to the world. What is my destiny you may ask? It is the thing you would regret not doing before leaving Planet Earth. (more…)

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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Has this ever happened to you? You had an assignment, and the deadline was far away. You didn’t work on it much, but in the back of your mind, that insistent little voice was always whispering, “I gotta get this assignment done.” (more…)

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6 Unusual Exercises to Effectively Increase Your Creativity Faster Than Ever

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Although a vast majority of people think that creativity is something you are born with, the truth is a bit different. While we cannot deny that you need natural talent to a certain extent, stimulating creative thinking is indeed a matter of practice. If you give this thought a bit of thinking, you can realize pretty quickly that even the most fascinating and creative minds have faced the lack of creativity at some point in their lives. (more…)

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