Who couldn’t use effective mindsets that actually improve our life?
Well maybe not you, in which case this article isn’t one you should bother reading. But if you could use a bit of improvement…maybe this can help.
We live in a dynamic universe, a living, energy-filled system. As human beings, we have been gifted with the unique capability to imagine and visualize different scenarios and outcomes and make choices regarding the future life we desire.
All of this with no regard whatsoever for the likelihood of it coming true. But likely or not, we have the power to imagine anything.
This ability we human beings have is a pretty straightforward creative process. A process that I wish I had known about many years ago when life was a constant struggle, filled with fear, doubt, and disappointment. It would have been wonderful to let go of my propensity to worry about everything sooner than I did. And I didn’t learn about the creative ability available to me much later in life.
Define your objective with a clear mental picture.
Remove all attention from any obstacles or doubt you might have.
Close your eyes and see the image clearly in your mind’s eye and feel that you are already in the place where your objective has been realized. And by this, I mean really feel what you would feel if you had what you wanted or had become who you wanted to be.
Create a world-class vision for your life by letting your creating mind freewheel without thinking about what you must do to achieve your dream.
With an amazing vision for your life, you’ve taken the first step towards improving it.
Sounds simple. Right? So what’s the snag? The snag isn’t with the creative process itself. It works just fine. The element that needs a little tweaking is your mindset.
This, more than most other factors, can ruin the creative process. Mainly because it’s the driving force behind most success or failure stories.
That ongoing conversation we all have with ourselves creates the difference between who you are, who you want to be, and what you want to have.
I learned this the hard way as I sabotaged my creative abilities time after time by continuing to repeat old inner fears and beliefs to myself. Mentally seeing a beautiful future while consistently returning to opposing ideas for some strange reason doesn’t work out well!
Dr. Joseph Murphy put it this way:
All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.
What mindsets allow you to stay focused on your objectives and give your creative process the time and space to operate successfully?
1. Think of your mindsets as voices
When it comes to the limiting voice that tends to be in control of how you talk to yourself, talk back. Feel free to be as irreverent as you like.
So as you hit a challenge in life, that voice might ask you, “Are you sure you’re up to this? Maybe you just don’t have what it takes.” Talk back. “Look, I might not have done this yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get it done.” You’re just a negative Nelly, but I have more faith in me than you obviously do, so get lost.”
I’ve been known to have this kind of talk back with my mind just before I fall asleep. You know, when the mind wants to bring forward all the most negative thoughts of the day. And I’ve been known to be ruder than telling it to get lost.
Astonishingly, this can actually shut negative mindsets down.
2. Use daily mantras to modify mindsets of uncertainty
Uncertainty besets us all. And the best way forward through uncertainties is to set up a mindset to navigate to the other side. Daily mantras like the following can be the antidote to uncertainty. Here are a couple to think about.
I believe in my creative spirit and capabilities.
Far too often, we can only see the distance left to travel to reach our desires. This mantra helps remind you that you are capable and resourceful.
I anticipate welcome surprises.
Most of us have no difficulty seeing the worst in situations. But we can train our minds to be just as open to welcome surprises. This mantra trains the mind to look for unexpected and happy outcomes, regardless of uncertainties. You can then see the evidence of positive developments just as quickly as the worst.
3. Mindsets of expectations
Expectations are about being prepared to receive. If you expect the worst, you can’t be surprised that it shows up. Expectation is the other side of the coin to asking. As you tap into your ability to imagine the life you desire, you must be prepared to receive it. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Plus, you are always asking for something, good or not, with the focus of your mind, regardless of whether it’s a conscious asking.
Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.-Joseph Campbell.
A mindset of expectancy sets up a vibration of energy that impels you to particular actions that lead to the life you’ve mentally experienced.
This is a brilliant thing because mindsets and behaviors are inextricably linked.
The conditions of life are the result of actions taken, and the actions taken are the result of the voice of our mindset.
Please remember this is hard. There are no perfect mindsets that suit everyone. And none (that I know of so far) that will entirely fix all the problems you may be facing.
But don’t be depressed by this. Be glad. A willingness to experiment with new ideas and thoughts creates a life overflowing with growth and fulfillment. And the most fortunate among us never stop growing.
Encourage one another.