David O. McKay once said: “your thoughts are the architects of your destiny”. It simply means that your thoughts define, change and influence your goals, dreams, and achievements. For entrepreneurs, business people, and even for individuals this quote plays an important role. The mindset is a strong asset to grow personally and professionally. Countless experts remind society about the need to develop a growth mindset, strengthen thoughts and refine the mind. They explain and offer various strategies and methods to be in control of emotions and thoughts.
Here are some of the most important aspects individuals should consider while improving the mindset
Understand your thoughts, feelings, actions, and results
One of the first steps that you should take is to understand your brain function and reaction. One way to understand yourself better is to distance yourself and take the position of an observer. Focus on what you think in which situation, review how certain emotions develop and monitor how you act, react and what results come with them. This is not an exercise you do once. It is a process of understanding your mindset step by step. Take the time to understand even the smallest action. Make sure you are an expert on yourself!
The importance of abundant and scarcity mindset
On one hand, an abundant mindset means that you believe that there is always enough. On the other hand, there is the scarcity mindset that describes the belief to never have enough. Both are very important which means you should equally understand and embody them. A simple example is that the abundant mindset helps you to always believe in enough recourses, time, and opportunities. It helps you to be more resilient and strong (even in challenging times). The scarcity mindset is needed for the will to constantly grow, learn and challenge yourself. Each of the mindsets is poisoning without the other one. Find a balance to implement both of them in the best way possible.
Focus on the thoughts that refine your mind
An average brain has so many thoughts and emotions in one second. Some of them are positive but others are negative and influence the mood and activity of a person drastically. Refining your mind means focusing on good thoughts and ideas. It means to reduce and possibly eliminate energy-taking/negative thoughts.
Often individuals just take their thoughts and emotions as given. They don’t question themselves. Taking yourself to the next level with being aware and in control of your mindset, you should question yourself. The questions can be asked in any situation. “why did you feel down? What are the effects? Why do you think that this is the best idea/plan?” Be critical and scrutinize your thoughts, reactions, and actions.
Live seems easier with a stable and constant flow. That is true! But at the same time, it does not allow you to grow, experience new feelings, and discover unfamiliar things. To grow your mindset, embrace and allow change. See changes as an opportunity rather than a danger. It is a chance to find new ways, better ideas, and improve processes.
Challenge your mind
Get out of your comfort zone and challenge your brain. Read a complex article every day, that makes you think and skip the entertaining series on Netflix. Too easily we try to be happy with simple things, but refining your mindset means challenging your mind. Do something that needs your full attention and concentration. Keep yourself and your brain active and flexible.
Be in control
It will take time until you reach the point of being in control. It takes steps of understanding, exercising, and developing new believes and structures. Refining your mindset to take yourself to the next level of success requires being in control. Be the master of your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
Being active is as important as taking a break. Always working on your mindset, will take you down after a while. Taking time to distract yourself, relaxing, or doing something totally different is very important. Working on your mindset requires time to process new perceptions and knowledge. Therefore, go and take a walk in nature, meditate, go for a wellness trip or meet your friends for a coffee. You deserve it!