Life has a way of throwing us curve balls. One minute all is wonderful and the next we are slammed with challenges which can send us into a black hole. On this Monday morning, how will you see the world?
Will you be ready to charge into the week or are you already thinking how behind you are or how bad it will be? You have a choice and what you decide can make the difference in a good week versus a bad week.
I love how my Thursday morning Weight Watcher meeting messages tend to relate to my everyday life. The topic of “shift your thinking” hit me hard. Why? I am continuously guilty of the failing prey to the negative inner gremlins. I talk a good game but I have moments too when those curve balls send me down the dark path of doom and gloom
So, on this Monday morning when I am headed home from an amazing visit with my daughter in North Carolina – I am fighting the inner gremlins. I have decided to slam the door on them. Yes, I may have eaten (and drank) more than normal. Yes, I may have gained a little weight (or not). Yes, I may have taken the focus off my business for a little bit. BUT instead of thinking of the negatives of the trip, I will focus on the positives. I got to spend an awesome 5 days with my daughter so we could reconnect. I got to meet new people. I got to clear my head and get creative in my business. I got to rest. All positives I will focus on as I head home.
Your mindset is not set in stone. Think about how many times during the day you switch from a positive to a negative mindset. Believe it or not, we do it ALOT! There are two areas in our lives we need to switch from a “fixed” mindset to a “growth” mindset – our weight loss journey and our business. What’s the difference in the two mindsets?
A growth mindset lets us see new experiences and challenges as a chance to grow – to learn, to improve and benefit. I like to think of this a the positive inner gremlins beating the negative ones.
A fixed mindset is when we are not open to new things. We tend to except things as they are. Negative thoughts stick in our brains and setbacks seem like mountains we are unable to climb. As a result, we continue to do the same thing expecting different results.
When we are ready to shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, we unleash positive powerful changes. The weight starts to come off, your business starts to grow. We develop skills which will help us to not only make healthier decisions but will also help us to succeed in life! Our growth mindset allows us to reflect on our slips or mistakes and learn from them while moving forward.
Why do I relate the two – weightless and growing your business? Because the journey for me has been linked to the same negative inner gremlins. If I am feeling bad in one area of my life, the other seems to suffer as a result.
So, how do we shift to a growth mindset? We need to stomp to the inner gremlins and here is a way to do it:
Fixed Mindset: “I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this (lose weight or make money in my business). It’s so hard! I don’t think I can keep going.” See the negative inner gremlins feeding and growing stronger.
Reality Check: “This is a challenge and I’m not sure how long I can keep going, but I won’t ever know if I stop now”. This is where we make the conscious decision to try. To give it one more day/week/month to eat healthy. To give the business one more month to see if I can make money.
Growth Mindset: “This challenge has been tough but if I continue to make small changes and try to keep going, I know I can do it” Focus on the accomplishments – big or small.
I challenge you to start this week with a growth mindset, will you accept the challenge.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!