The thing about mindset is we make everything mean something, including mindset. The visceral practice of awareness is more important. I’m going to tell you why, along with ten things about mindset that could change your life, if you’re willing to get curious.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
Henry had it right. But only to a certain level. The right mindset is cool, but action that aligns with your big vision is awesome, and will not be the result of anything you think hard enough about.
Taking action will give you the courage and confidence you’re craving. So it’s less about mindset and more about awareness; getting yourself to move with the visceral feeling of fear, and whatever you’re making that feeling mean.
I learned this after I knew public speaking was something I wanted to be good at. I was terrified. My body would go into a severe flight or fight response 30 minutes before I was to take the microphone. Heart beating out of my chest. Sweating. Jello legs. All of it. So I had to walk up from my seat in the audience at those first open mic nights with all that stuff going on. And I spoke anyway. They could see my paper shaking. And it was okay. The applause told me so. It would be so much better the next time.
If you’ve been waiting around to feel the courage, motivation or confidence to take the action you want to take you could be waiting your whole life. If you’re sitting there with voices in your head that love to remind you, when you’re ready you’ll do it, or when I have this or that in place I’ll be ready, stop and hear me. You don’t get more ready by thinking better. You get the clarity you need by doing it afraid.
The more action, the better. Go make more mistakes. Learn more. Talk to more people. Fail a few times and then know what the next best step is. Relying on your mindset being perfectly right before you do what you know you need to do is a step toward paralyzing you more.
Stop thinking. Stop making everything mean something. Start knowing what you want and taking action toward it instead. Despite all the negative, good-meaning thoughts your inner voice is throwing at you, I want you to feel afraid and do the thing anyway, while you’re shaking a little.
This is purpose-driven fear we’re talking about and it’s going to take knowing a few more things about that mindset stuff you’ve been practicing to help you.
Here are 10 mindset tips that could change the game for you and help you succeed in anything you’re dreaming about.
- What you do is more important than what you think.
Take action based on your big vision and desires; the things that feel good to you.
- You don’t master mindset, you create a discipline of it.
Your mindset will shift over your lifetime. It’s about creating a discipline of awareness. With awareness you get a choice to think anything you want.
- What you speak out loud has more power than mindset.
When you bring the vibration and energy of your voice from your heart to your tongue, watch out world, because you’ll speak things into existance. (I know that’s a little woo — but hey, I love woo)
- Shitty things will still happen even when you’re Pollyanna.
It’s about what you’re making everything mean. Don’t judge events. You can’t see the big picture yet.
- Mindset isn’t always about positivity.
Mindset can be fiercely about something you stand for and being unapologetic about keeping yourself grounded and centered.
- You’ll never stop worrying about what others think.
You’re human. Don’t try. Instead, practice awareness and know which of those people truly matter to you. Pay attention to who you’re listening to.
- Your feelings are more powerful than your thoughts.
The power of the energy behind what you feel is unmistakable. Feel, don’t think. With awareness, you have a choice to pick your feels.
- No matter what happens to you, you always have a choice to think better.
Tragedy. Trauma. Events that leave you devastated and hopeless. It doesn’t matter. Stay aware. Choose a better thought that serves you in the moment.
- The only control you have in life is your response.
Practice awareness of your thoughts and choose your responses, rather than being constantly triggered and reacting to everything.
- Confusion is easier.
It’s easier to be confused because you don’t have to make a decision. Pay attention when you say, “I don’t know.” What if you did?
Laura Di Franco is the owner of Brave Healer Productions where she’ll help you share your story, build your business and change the world. With three decades of expertise in holistic physical therapy, a third-degree black belt and eight books, she has a clear preference for being badass but she’s also the champion of entrepreneurs who want to grow their health-based practices. Her writing workshops, business strategy sessions, and online writing club are just some of the ways she helps talented professionals maximize their professional impact. www.BraveHealer.com