If you aren’t quite where you want to be in life, chances are there’s something hidden in the background that’s holding you back. Can you guess what it is?
Hint: It has the power to completely transform your life in a positive (or negative) way – the choice is yours. That’s right my friends, it’s your MINDSET!
Your mindset drips into every area of your life and can completely alter the course of your work, business, mental health, relationships and life in general.
Which is why I’m digging into my top 8 mindset hacks to shift your perspective and move you closer to the life you’ve always wanted.
1| Become aware of your thoughts + beliefs
Your thoughts are everything.
They shape your mindset and overall belief system.
So if you have negative thoughts, your beliefs will follow. And it’s the same for positive thoughts as well.
This is why it’s important to watch your thoughts closely, because often times we don’t realize the thoughts we’re thinking on a regular basis.
The more you become a watcher of your thoughts, the more you’ll realize that you not only have complete control over them, but that you’re completely separate from them.
We grow up thinking that thoughts are a part of us and that we have no control over them. As if they just run rampant in our mind. When in reality, thoughts are literally just sentences in your head.
This is great news because it means that you can shift your thoughts to support a mindset that brings you closer to the life you want. You do this by practicing new, supportive thoughts until they become new beliefs, new habits, and eventually new results.
I was introduced to this idea by Brooke Castillo of the Life Coach School podcast and it rocked my world.
2| Reframe your thoughts using the model
As I alluded to above, your thoughts create the results you have in your life. So any result you have right now can be traced back to a thought you once had.
This is the magic I also learned from Brooke.
It’s called The CTFAR Model and it goes like this:
Your thoughts create your feelings, which create your actions, which create your results. Your Circumstances are just things that happen so they remain neutral.
Thoughts ➡ Feelings ➡ Actions ➡ Results; Circumstances = neutral
When you understand this universal truth, you can make your circumstances mean whatever you want.
By seeing the world this way, you’re taking back power over your life. You’re being the driver of your life instead of the passenger.
Affirmations are one of my favorite ways to reprogram your brain. It goes off the premise that if you repeat something enough you start to believe it. I’ve found this to be true in my own life.
I even wrote an entire blog post about affirmations and the law of attraction that you can find here.
There’s so many affirmations I love to use on a daily basis, but here are a few of my favorites:
- I control my life, my life doesn’t control me
- Everything in my life is happening as it should
- I can do whatever I set my mind to
- I have my own back no matter what
- I am worthy (and enough!)
- Life is beautiful
Related read: How to manifest your dream life – The Law of Attraction
4| Align yourself with your future self
Imagine the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Maybe she’s a 7 figure business owner, she travels the world or she’s a famous singer.
Think about her personality, her beliefs, and what decisions she makes to get the results she wants. Picture in your mind what a normal day in her life looks like.
Although this image may seem soooo distant right now, I promise it can become your reality. You can become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
But, contrary to what you’ve been told, the secret to becoming that person isn’t by waiting until you achieve her results and then practicing being her.
Instead, you have to do the opposite. You have to practice thinking and feeling as your future self now, then you’ll slowly become her.
I like to set out some time each day to imagine my future self and operate from that space, whether it’s in my business or my personal life.
By doing this, I’m naturally aligning myself with my future self and getting closer to becoming her each day.
5| Remove limiting vocabulary
Your self-talk is everything.
It reflects beliefs you have about yourself, and whatever you believe eventually becomes the results you have in your life. This is why it’s so important to change your vocabulary to fit your mindset.
Tony Robbin’s book Awaken The Giant Within has a whole list of words you should and shouldn’t use. I’d suggest starting off by removing limiting words like “can’t,” “don’t,” “not able,” “never,” etc.
If you think about the world’s most successful people, do you think they use these words regularly? Most likely not. People who are successful are telling themselves “I can and I will achieve XXX” or “I’m going to get XXX done today.”
Separate yourself from your thoughts and ask yourself what you’re thinking. Watch your thoughts closely. Do you notice a pattern? You may see some limiting beliefs pop up.
Now change your vocabulary (and self-talk) to support the person you want to become. Ask yourself powerful questions (see below) that bring you closer to the future you want.
6| Ask yourself questions
Your brain is like a computer. When you ask it questions, by default it’ll come up with an answer. So if you ask it negative questions it’ll come up with negative answers, but if you ask it positive questions, it’ll give you positive answers.
So if you ask it “Why am I always poor?” then your brain will looks for reasons why you’re always poor. But, if you ask “How can I make more income?” then your brain will naturally come up with ideas for you to make more money.
This is magic.
Here are some great questions you can ask yourself:
- What can I do today that’ll move me closer to my goals?
- How can I make more money in my business?
- How do I become the person I want to be in the future?
- If I were the person I’ve always wanted to be (ex: a six-figure business owner) how would I think, act and feel? What decisions would I make?
- What do I need to know in order to reach my goals?
- What do I not know yet?
- What would I believe if I could believe anything?
- If I couldn’t fail, what would I accomplish?
Asking yourself questions allows you to dive deeper, past the surface level answers, to the ones that’ll produce the most results.
7| Add “no matter what”
This is a mindset hack I like to use whenever I feel unmotivated to tackle my hardest to-do’s.
Basically, if there’s something important that I need to get done but I’m feeling some resistance, I tell myself that I will get the task done no matter what.
So, for example, if I need to write 15 blog posts in a day or organize my closet, I’ll tell myself that I WILL get it done no matter what.
My parents always tell me that I’m the type of person where if I want something badly enough, I’ll do everything in my power to get it. That’s the same energy I try to channel by doing this exercise.
It’s very effective in giving me that boost of motivation to move forward and overcome any setbacks that come my way.
8| Create an alter ego
This is my favorite hack and one that I use the most!
It comes from the book The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman (one of my favorite books that I highly recommend!).
Is there something in your life that you want but don’t have? Does your own persona cause you to hold back and not take chances?
This is where creating an alter ego comes in handy. I’ve been doing this for years and it’s helped me break through so many mind blocks that were preventing me from progressing in life.
So, lemme break it down for ya’.
To start, think about the person you want to be that has the results you want. For me, I’ve always wanted to be that person that wakes up at 5 am and works out. But with my “sleep in til’ noon” habit, this is difficult.
Well, what you’d do next is create an alter ego of that ideal person and pretend to be them until you actually become them.
For example, I have alter egos for different areas of my life where my own ego might hold me back, whether it’s with business or fitness goals. They give me the freedom to become a better, bolder version of myself.
By practicing being your alter ego, you begin to adopt their habits and beliefs. And, as I said before, your beliefs will eventually lead to your results.
If you use these hacks, they’ll shift your mindset from a place of scarcity to abundance so you can ditch any limiting beliefs that’re holding you back and truly create the life you’ve dreamed of!
For years I had many beliefs that I didn’t realize were holding me back. But it wasn’t until I did these exercises and worked on my mindset daily that I found the freedom and clarity to move forward in life with confidence.
You can do the same, I promise! My advice is to implement these one by one until you feel that shift deep down. You’ll know it’s working when you’re thinking more abundant thoughts.
Cheers to new mindsets and new accomplishments! You’ve got this!
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