“Who am I to think I can accomplish everything I set out to do?” This a common question entrepreneurs may ask themselves out loud, internally and subconsciously, while simultaneously pursuing their goals. One part of them believes they can do it because they’ve seen others do it, while the other part believes it’s too late for them. Can you relate? Your biggest role model can throw all the best tips at you to help reach your goals financially, mentally, and physically but if your mindset isn’t in a good place, you’ll never consistently implement any of the tips that can change your life.
Today, we are exercising a term called “mindshifting” and retraining the brain to believe you can accomplish the goals that may seem insurmountable. Because you can!
What you need for peace of mind
Mindshifting means to change your mindset and unlearn paralyzing habits and patterns for the betterment of your lifestyle. For mindshifting to be easier, you should first look at your environment and reflect on what is contributing to the stress, discouragement, or unfulfillment you may experience. Could it be the way your home is organized, what you watch and listen to, people you interact with, or constant distractions that leave the door open for road blocks on your success journey? Those things are extremely important to consider, and I won’t tell you what to do, but I will say you need to do something.
I’ve learned peace is a choice so you must put your best effort to surround yourself with nothing else. Of course, every day won’t be perfectly peaceful but when you are in the mindset of being purposeful with your days instead of going with the flow, you take on a proactive approach to life instead of reactive. You’ll begin to see how your boundaries are respected, you inspire others to seek peace for themselves, and you get more things done!
How to retrain the brain
This will likely be the hardest yet most liberating thing you ever accomplish, but do you believe in yourself? (The answer is “yes”– even if you’re thinking “no.”)
Even when you don’t believe you can achieve a goal, pretend you can and write affirmations to yourself so your brain is used to ingesting a new reality. However, it shouldn’t stop there because that’s simply a tactic. What we often miss is pairing it up with our faith, health, and purpose. It’s the linchpin that keeps you from giving up. As you work on retraining your thought patterns, you will meet resistance that can come up in a number of ways.
Your brain is like a muscle, and muscles get sore when they workout in a different way. Mentally, it can look like discouragement. That soreness (in this analogy, discouragement) won’t subside unless you keep working out! Mental workouts can include reading your Bible, meditating consistently, praying constantly, going to therapy, and taking breaks.
One of the scariest parts about mindshifting is wondering, what if you make this drastic change only to be completely wrong? Well, I challenge you to realize something is already wrong otherwise you wouldn’t be seeking solutions or reading articles like this. So would you rather be knowingly wrong for part of your life or all of it? Choosing the latter is the easy road and requires you to do nothing more than what you’re doing right now. And if you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always got. Choose something different. It’s scary, but do it anyway. I have faith in you.
Sheridan C. Watkins is a journalist and the owner of Shairpins, a jewelry and gifts brand focused on transcending self-worth to all women. Her true work began after climbing out of a dark place with the help of God and therapy and her life mission is to provide tangible peace through her Divine gifts to help women heal and transform their life. Follow the mission on Instagram and Facebook: @shairpinsgarden