It's All About Your Mindset

Jennifer here. In preparation for the upcoming Stationery Academy conference, I’ve been researching “mindset” and how your thoughts can affect everything - your attitude, your mood, and even your success. I can’t believe it's just a few weeks away and we're working hard behind the scenes to make this the best one yet - I can't wait for you to see the pictures! It's going to be fabulous!


The women who attend Stationery Academy are from all different walks of life. We each have different goals and dreams and so do you, dear readers. What is important to note is that no matter where you are in life or where you came from, you have the ability to set big goals and actually achieve them.


And, it's all about mindset.


Your mindset is the sum of your knowledge, including beliefs and thoughts about the world and yourself in it. It is your filter for information you get in and put out. So it determines how you receive and react to information.

Having the right mindset


Having the right mindset is often the biggest factor in your success.


We’ve all had goals and dreams that didn’t happen as we had hoped or expected. When this happens repeatedly, we start to wonder what we need to change.


Some people go back to school, while others take seminars and workshops or read books–all looking for that silver bullet skill set that will help everything fall into place.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not downplaying the value of improving skill sets; but more often, it’s our mindsets that need adjustment. The good news is that it’s much faster to reset your mindsets.


But first, all you need to do is accept that your mindset needs adjusting.


Examples of these are limiting beliefs, self-doubt, and other negative thoughts that get in the way of your fulfillment.


According to “It's estimated that around 65,000 thoughts go through our minds each day.Unfortunately, in the case of most people, the majority of those thoughts are negative. These“Automatic Negative Thoughts” (ANTs) occur so often that you may not be aware of them. You know that little voice that points out irresponsible spending choices when you’re looking at your monthly budget or makes disparaging comments when you look in the mirror?


We all know that voice. It makes you hesitate before approaching someone you’d like to meet. It makes you think twice before starting a business or considering a career change.We all have different ANTs, and, without knowing it, we’re habitually allowing them to destroy our dreams. It’s hard to remain positive when that little voice is constantly spouting off and saying things like, “I can’t talk to her,” “I’m not smart enough,” “I’m out of shape,” “I’ m not qualified”…yada, yada, yada. The way to start exterminating the ANTs in your head is to begin paying attention to them. Notice when you hear the disparaging voice, and recognize how frequently it happens. More than likely, you'll find that your limiting thoughts can be narrowed down to a few key themes. Taking note of this is a major step because we can't change what we haven't acknowledged."


Changing your mindset doesn't happen by accident.


Changing your mindset doesn't happen by accident. It happens by choice. It’s a scientific process to literally break down the pathways your brain has created.Isn’t it crazy to think that all those negative thoughts have formed a network - a network that is reinforced each time we have that negative thought?


I watched a video on Smarter Every Day this week of an engineer who learned how to ride an alternative bike - the handlebars turned opposite of the wheel. It took him MONTHS to learn how to re-ride this bike.


This is a perfect example of how your brain forms pathways to drive your beliefs, learning, and thoughts. Motivation and willpower aren’t enough because you’re up against something that has been ingrained in you since you were young - all of those little insecurities have formed pathways and have formed our thoughts today as creative business owners.


So, what’s the solution? All you have to do is start small so you can finish big - just by setting ridiculously tiny, achievable goals. By recognizing your negative thoughts and starting to replace them with positive ones, you’ll start to rework those pathways in your brain.


We’ve created a worksheet to help you recognize the negative thoughts that you are having and replace them with new, positive thoughts that will help you change your mindset.


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 [author] [author_image timthumb='on'][/author_image] [author_info]This post was written by Stationery Academy owner/president, Jennifer Faught. Sign up for our emails to get even more delightful surprises from us every other week.[/author_info] [/author]
Do you have any experiences with changing your mindset? How has it helped you? Let us know in the comments below!