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Mindset. How does choosing your thoughts have a similar effect as choosing your words?
Can changing your thoughts change your mindset?
Did your parents ever tell you to “stop and think before you speak”? The same can be said for your thought.
Your thoughts play a big role in how you live your life, how you tackle challenges, how you motivate yourself and how you see the world around you.
Our thoughts are a big part of how we see and react to everyday circumstance.
How do you think your thoughts affect how you see yourself?
Do you see a direct correlation between what you think about, how you react and your thoughts in reference to your daily activities
Now that you have noted how choosing your thoughts makes an impact on your growth and potential, you can take a look at another area of your life.
Firstly, however, take a moment to realize that there are two components to whether or not you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
The Fixed Mindset
Have you ever stop to consider if you have a fixed mindset ?
Do you know what a fixed mindset is?
The definition of a fixed mindset states that people believe that their qualities are fixed traits and therefore they can’t be changed.
In other words a fixed mindset has you believing that you’re a natural born singer or you’re just not good at dancing.
Or you may have been told that you were perfect in a certain subject or sport and you never really thought to question those assumptions.
You may think that the bar was set, you reached your goals and your job is done.
This is part of growing up with a fixed mindset.
There’s no need to expand on your natural God given talent.
Based off of what I just told you on the fixed mindset is this something that you want to consider going through the rest of your life?
What if I told you that you could be all that you want and can be and all that you need to do is change your mindset.
So what is the growth mindset? Well according to research having a growth mindset has many benefits.
Such as higher motivation, enhance brain development, lower stress levels, anxiety and depression, and better work relationships along with higher performance level.
So you’re probably thinking how does choosing my thoughts help me with a growth mindset?
Let me enlighten you a little. Here’s another article on Mindset, just in case.
Choosing Your Words for Your Self
When a friend comes to you feeling unaccomplished or feeling like some sort of failure ( mind you we’re NEVER a failure), you more than likely are the encourager, someone who takes their feelings into consideration and lifts them up.
Why not do that for yourself as well. Change your thoughts, change your mind and watch how you talk to yourself as well.
Give yourself grace!
When it comes to yourself, do you beat yourself up, criticize yourself and not give yourself the same break you would give your own friend?
Choose kinder words of communicating with yourself and be aware of too much negative self-talk.
A growth mindset allows you to tell yourself that you didn’t do as well as you had hoped but you can and will do better, achieve more next time.
All this without the negative self-talk that comes along with it.
A growth mindset will help you develop through hard work and dedication the basic abilities that we are all born with.
For example that 75 year old retired Postal worker who decided to go back to school to become a lawyer or better yet a doctor.
They decided that they could become a lawyer or doctor they set their mind to it and they did it. It’s all in the way we think.
Choosing Your Words for Others
In the same manner you would want to speak to yourself with kindness and encouragement in order to foster your potential and development, take that opportunity to foster and encourage the development of another person.
Encourage them to see where they can do better and offer them the possibility of achieving more and doing greater things with their life and with their minds.
When you choose your thoughts and words carefully, whether towards yourself or towards others, you make a difference which can then result in making a change.
In an article published in verywellmind.com titled: Why Mindset Matters for your Success, they go into more details on the psychology of mindset
What mindset type are you? Growth or Fixed? Comment below, I’d love to know and see how and where I can help.