May 17, 2016

Top Ways to Improve Your Mindset

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies your ability to choose your response. And in that response lies your freedom.”—Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Experts in many fields agree that our circumstances shouldn’t be allowed to determine our attitude. We always have the freedom to choose our reaction to any given situation. The imprisoned Viktor Frankl chose not to let the Nazis take away his last freedom: the power to choose his own thoughts. Let’s look at some techniques for staying optimistic:

*Move Beyond the Negativity Loop

Positive feelings create positive manifestations, and negative feelings create negative ones.  The latest teaching is that even overwhelmingly pessimistic people can re-evaluate their way of thinking. The suggests the following:

When something bad happens to you in your life, turn things around by thinking about all the positive reasons this may be happening to you. When you do…
You’ll re-educate the way your brain works and you will start attracting positive people, more money, weight loss and health into your life!
You’ll know that it all started with the way you think!

**Trust the Process

Life gives us many chances for ending and beginnings, winters and springs. Endings aren’t easy, but they give us the chance to re-evaluate, re-group, and re-organize, which are crucial activities. Also, new beginnings often give us a step up to a higher plane than expected. Here is an illustration from my own yard:

For about seven years, I’ve had a perennial flower bush. It goes dormant in the winter and blooms, sort of, during the warmer months. I really gave up expecting much.  Some years, I would see small buds pop up. Other years, I saw teeny white flowers—if I got down on eye level with them.
The plant wasn’t really growing taller. I’m not knowledgeable about gardening, and I often end up killing plants. I assumed this bush was just another in a long line of failed attempts.
Imagine my surprise when, for the first time, I recently spotted 3” white flowers on the shrub. I didn’t do any extra work for it. I didn’t anticipate it. I just trusted the plant to do what it was supposed to do, knowing I couldn’t influence it one way or another.

***Identify the Root of Most Pessimism

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”—John 10:10 (NIV)
“…He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him…”—John 8:44 (NIV)
“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”—1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)

My Conclusion

Never give up hope! Victories may take longer than expected. We may feel hedged in by dark forces. Negativity may seem natural to us. As Joyce Meyer says, “You will come out on the other side. If you don’t come out the way you want, you’ll come out better.”

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