midlife, personal growth

Using Mindset to Achieve Goals

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Using Mindset to Achieve Goals

Reaching goals begins with intentions to change

An intention to change your mindset helps shift your self-identity – an important shift that will impact your daily habits and thereby increase your chances of achieving your goals.

It stands to reason that if you continue to think in the same patterns, you will likely fall back to the same habits you’ve had in the past, which will lead to the same results.

Results that no longer serve you and you are no longer comfortable accepting.

Results (or lack of results) which are rooted in thought patterns and habits that are not helping you get closer to your goals.

Although you may deeply desire the outcomes, without changing your mindset you remain stuck in the behaviors that prevent you from the results you want.

Whether your goals are huge or small – to overcome anxiety, or to be physically healthier, or to increase motivation, feel more peace and joy, follow through on a dream to travel, start a new business, or maybe to declutter your home – your success begins with your commitment to changing your mindset.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

As you learn to separate the truth of what you’re capable of from the negative self-talk that is keeping you down, stuck, feeling undeserving and afraid of failure, you can move into a self-identity that better serves you, your goals and living your life as fully as possible.

Your mindset patterns create your self-identity and are at the core of what you genuinely believe is your potential.

Your potential is not finite. It is you (your mindset) that limits what you accomplish and makes you settle for less than you are capable of and deserve.

Your self-identity has you trapped and convinced that you are either unable or unworthy.

You are unconsciously allowing your thoughts to put you in a box. A box with labels, such as passive, selfish, sloppy, lazy, negative, hopeless, weak, timid, old, and those labels you cycle around in your mind prevent your growth.

Mindset changes take a willingness to reflect, and possibly dig out, past pain, failure and hurt that have led you to feel on the deepest level that you can not change, or that you can not be the person who achieves or deserves the amazing goals you dream about.

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale, Power of Positive Thinking

If you haven’t taken the actions you’ve wanted to in the past and have been feeling helpless and disappointed in yourself – it’s time to dig in and do the work.

Examine your thought patterns and how you self-identify.

If the voice in your mind tells you can’t, then you won’t.

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Company

If it tells you are lazy or sloppy or unlucky, you are creating obstacles for yourself to overcome before you even take the first action toward your goals.

Too often, we have the end goal in our sights. And then, it’s HARD. It’s hard to change our habits, it’s uncomfortable and takes enormous motivation, effort, courage and determination.

Which on many days, we find hard to muster. And the reason it’s so hard to move from wishing to taking impactful action is because our head is not in the game.

It’s not a new planner or app or anything you can buy in a store that will make your self-identity mindset shift happen.

The battle is not at your job, on the treadmill, or in your cluttered closet.

The battle is in your head.

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

But it doesn’t have to be a battle. You can manifest what you truly desire!

You can choose to begin the path to a more self-loving, accepting, positive and productive mindset as simply as introducing mindfulness to your life. Cultivating the habit of being aware of your thoughts and the judgements your mind interjects is the first step in what can be a massive shift in your life.

I’m convinced the difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t is not in their muscle mass, IQ, BMI, income, social status or any other physical or societal measurement. The difference is what’s going on between their ears. In their minds.

Mindset is everything.

(I know… I’ve written and said this a million times before, but I am so passionate about sharing this simple but life-altering revelation that I am willing to chance being annoyingly repetitive!)

Your intention to change your mindset helps shift your self-identity. With shifts in your self-identity, the world and limitless opportunities unfold before you.

The only prerequisites are the desire for change and a willingness to open up.

Open yourself up to a radical shift in your thought process.

Invest in you by learning more about yourself, your mind, your thoughts and who you truly are.

This is not about convincing yourself of lies, pretending or denying your negative and self-effacing feelings. It’s declaring an intention to investigate your thoughts and related feelings. To unravel and discover the genuine authentic truth about how your thoughts are sabotaging your life, shrinking your potential and preventing you from achieving your goals.

Commit to the intention of changing your mindset, just a few minutes a day to start.

You can do this. Opening up to this journey and to practicing mindful mindset habits may make the entire difference (compounded over time) between achieving the most amazingly heart-full life you could imagine or staying in the same routine rut you’ve been in for years.

Give yourself the opportunity to continue your growth. To be your own best friend. Your own ally. No one in your life is going to build this mindset habit for you. You have to truly want to try a different way of thinking.

What follows thinking in a different way are actions and the creation of new habits. The kind of habits that will lead you to your goals and to living your life identifying as a person who, by sticking with those habits, is capable and deserving of those goals.

It may not miraculously change your life overnight (although it can!). It may take days, weeks, months before you truly see the difference your mindset work has made.

“We can not solve our problems with same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Learning to circle back to notice your thought patterns is a process.

And you have the power to begin that process.

Cheers to being open to change and to using mindset to achieve our goals and live our lives more fully.  – Marlene

 


 

Cheers to Chapter Two Mindfulness Challenge

And for those of you looking to further dig into getting your mind on your side – join me for my upcoming 5 Day Free Mindfulness Challenge beginning Monday, January 20, 2020. Explore what mindful means and how building a mindfulness habit can transform how you feel and how you approach life (and your 2020 goals!).
Click here for sign up & more details.

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