“Everything begins from the mind, including change. So, if you want to alter your life, you have to start with your mindset.” – Alexi Weaver
This was my daily quote for May 8th – in short, change your mindset and change yourself.
The topic was somewhat amusing to me – especially given a conversation I experienced this weekend.
My wife told me that over the last few days, I had been incredibly negative.
Regardless of what I thought was coming out of my mouth, it apparently was highly negative. The sad thing was, while I recognized I wasn’t feeling my normal self, I had no idea just how negative I was being. And so, it took someone incredibly close to me to truly bring it to my attention.
Truth be told, it’s never easy looking in the mirror and self-evaluating who we are. Gaining perspective about ourselves can be challenging and extremely uncomfortable – especially when it comes from someone else.
Being negative is an easy trap to fall into. We convince ourselves that it’s warranted and will ultimately make us feel better to complain – regardless of the circumstances.
But all it really ends up doing is perpetuating that negativity until you can no longer discern the tone coming out of your mouth.
In order to change your mindset about anything, you first need to get a hold of all the negative thoughts swirling around inside your head. You need to find a way to process them, compartmentalize them and then move on.
The best way to do that is to write down all the blessings you take for granted each and every day. You may think they are few, but I assure you, you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Spreading negative energy into the world around you will not make you feel any better. All it does is put a strain on the relationships you value.
So I’m doing my best to change my mindset, which requires acceptance and appreciation for the life I have right now. And while it’s not always easy, everything worth anything in life requires a little hard work.
Harvey Mackay once remarked, “Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”