Use these mindset hacks to live life to your full potential
Your thoughts and feelings have such a significant impact on your life.
It is kinda crazy how much things can change depending on how you are feeling and how you are speaking to yourself on any given day.
I know that if I’m hangry or tired, things seem to be a bigger deal than they really are.
Or if something doesn’t go as planned, I can be pretty mean to myself and throw myself a pity party.
That’s when it is vital to reel it in and work on that good ole mindset of yours. Your mindset can truly change your life.
I know that sounds dramatic but I’m sure you agree that a positive mindset is way better than a woe-is-me one.
So next time you’re having a pity party for one (and believe me, even if you do all the personal growth work, these intrusive thoughts will come up from time to time), I suggest trying to incorporate some mindset hacks to get you through it.
What are mindset hacks and why do they work?
Mindset hacks are simple techniques that you can use to change how you’re thinking at any given moment.
And because our thoughts lead to feelings and actions, mindset hacks can have a powerful impact on your life.
The reason they work is that they interrupt the negative thought patterns that we often get stuck in.
By changing our thoughts, we can change our feelings and actions, which then leads to different results in our lives.
It’s a simple but powerful way to hack your mind and change your life.
17 Mindset Hacks
These are some of the mindset hacks I use to keep leveling up. Working on your mindset is something that has to be done daily. If you aren’t taking care of yourself and going through life mindlessly then you aren’t going to show up 100%.
1. Take note of your thoughts, actions, and words
Awareness is everything so the first thing I would suggest doing is to check in with yourself.
This could be through journaling, meditation, or just a walk outside. Spending some time with yourself gives you an opportunity to identify what is bothering you, how you are feeling, and if there is something you can do about it.
2. Do something new daily
Doing new things helps to break up the monotony of life and keeps you feeling fresh and excited. It also helps to build self-esteem and can reduce anxiety.
So, don’t be afraid to try new things! It doesn’t have to be something big. You could try new food, take a different route to work, or start a new hobby.
As long as you are getting out of your comfort zone, you are building self-confidence and finding things you truly enjoy!
3. Accept constructive criticism
This is a tough one because we’re all awesome and perfect just the way we are right?
While this is true, as ambitious women it is good to receive feedback from others. However, only entertain criticism if it is constructive. This can truly be so insightful as long as you don’t take it personally and only take advice from people you look up to or who share similar values and beliefs.
That way they can give you advice from the lessons they learned so you don’t have to make the same mistakes.
and remember, if someone is hating just to hate, listen to my girl Taylor Swift and shake it off.
4. Quit the comparison game
This is a huge one! We are constantly bombarded with social media and it’s so easy to get caught up in comparing our lives to others.
First of all, remember that what you see on social media is only a snapshot of someone’s life. You don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.
Second, everyone is on their own journey, and comparing yourself to others will only hold you back. It’s important to focus on your own progress and celebrate your own successes.
5. Get rid of your negative self-talk
I know this is easier said than done. I am constantly trying to catch myself when I am being negative and turn it around.
Some examples of negative self-talk are: “I can’t do this,” “I’m not good enough,” or “This is too hard.”
These thoughts are not helpful and will only hold you back. So, the next time you catch yourself thinking something negative, try to reframe it in a positive light. You can also practice rewiring your brain with positive affirmations.
For example, “I can’t do this” could become “I can do this with some practice,” “I’m not good enough” could become “I’m doing my best,” or “This is too hard” could become “I’m challenging myself.”
6. 1% better each day
When I’m new at something, I can be very hard on myself because I’m making mistakes and it’s just flat-out hard.
But it is important to remember that you aren’t going to go from zero to a hundred in any aspect of your life.
Instead, focus on becoming 1% better every day. These little milestones and reps are going to compound into the results you desire. Plus, it is way less overwhelming if you’re just focusing on those little steps.
For example, when I ran the Disney princess half marathon, I didn’t focus on the entire 13.1 miles. Instead, I focused on an object a few feet ahead of me.
Once I got to Cinderella’s Castle then I focused on getting to Splash mountain and so on until I reached the Epcot ball (and the finish line).
7. Get some Quality sleep
If you’re cranky, everything seems annoying …
At least that is how I feel when someone is asking me a simple question or my fiance leaves a dish in the sink.
So get that 7-9 hours of beauty rest! You deserve it and you’ll feel much better if you’re well-rested.
8. Adopt a Growth mindset
This is a big one, it may be the most important hack. Our mindset is everything when it comes to how we see ourselves and the world around us.
A growth mindset means that you believe you can improve with effort. This is opposed to a fixed mindset which means you believe your abilities are set in stone.
If you have a growth mindset, you are more likely to be successful because you are willing to put in the effort. You also see setbacks as opportunities for growth.
Because you know in your heart that you can change and that you can do it. Even if you fail, you know that is just a lesson on what not to do and you’re able to get back up and try again.
Here is an article by Carol Dweck (who has done extensive research on the growth vs fixed mindset) about growth mindset if you’d like to learn more.
9. Trust your gut
That feeling that you should start your own side biz or book that flight to Bali is there for a reason. Trust your gut and do it!
Once it works out (and it will) then you will show yourself that you know what is best for you and what you’re talking about!
10. Check your environment
Do you know you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with (at least according to motivational speaker Jim Rohn)?
And I do agree with him to an extent. We are all our own unique individuals so you are you no matter who you spend time with BUT if you are hanging out with Negative Nancy all the time, you may start having a negative outlook.
Or on the flip side, if all your friends are ambitious individuals crushing their goals, then you may be more motivated to put in the work and crush your goals as well.
So I think it is important to evaluate your relationships and environment from time to time.
Are they serving you? Are your relationship bringing you joy or do you dread it whenever their name pops up on your phone? Would you be happier in sunny Florida versus cold, rainy Seattle?
It’s worth thinking about and deciding how these things are affecting your mental health.
11. Practice gratitude
It is so easy to get wrapped up in what we don’t have and what we want that we forget to be grateful for what we do have.
Make it a point to practice gratitude every day. You can start by making a list of things you’re grateful for each day.
Or try this gratitude challenge I’ve created; you just have to sign up for my email list below.
You can also try to find the silver lining in every situation. For example, if you get stuck in traffic, you can be grateful that you have time to listen to your favorite podcast.
When you focus on the positive, it is amazing how much better you will feel.
12. Focus on the result
You know what they say, “Where your focus goes, energy flows.”
If you want to achieve a goal, you have to keep the end result in mind. This will help you stay motivated when things get tough. It also helps to figure out what you should be doing on a daily basis to get to that end result.
It is also important to celebrate your wins along the way.
You definitely want to enjoy the process but it is nice to have a clear vision or roadmap of where you’re going. This will help you stay positive and focused.
For example, if your end goal is to retire early, your spending habits will be very different than someone whose end goal is to see the world. One has to aggressively save while the other one is spending money and planning trips.
Both these goals are going to take time to accomplish so you want to be able to celebrate that saving milestone or that bucket list sight along the way.
13. Visualize your success
This is similar to focusing on the result but with visualization, you actually see yourself achieving your goal.
For example, if you want to start your own business, visualize yourself giving a TED talk about your company or winning an award for your innovative product.
What kind of habits and skills do you need to achieve this? What are the steps to get there? What does it feel like on that stage?
Get very specific when visualizing.
Then start taking action toward your goal and the rest will fall into place.
14. Get rid of the perfectionism habit
This is a tough one for me because I am a recovering perfectionist. I use to shy away from doing things I enjoyed out of fear that someone would find something wrong with it.
You know that voice in your head that tells you that you can’t do something or that you’re not good enough?
However, that was no way to live my life.
I’ve been able to accomplish way more things and grow as a person once I started doing things outside my comfort zone. Putting out that c+ work in the world and learning that no one cares.
One of my best-performing reels on Instagram has a typo in it!
It is important to remember that nobody is perfect and perfectionism is very subjective and varies from person to person. We all have our own unique talents and abilities.
So, if you want to achieve something, start taking action and don’t worry about being perfect. You’ll never be perfect anyways so you might as well live your life on your terms.
15. Get clear on your why
Chasing big dreams isn’t always going to be easy. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way.
That’s why it is so important to get clear on your why. What is your motivation for pursuing this goal?
When you have a strong why it’ll be easier to stay motivated when things get tough.
For example, if you want to start your own business, your why might be that you want to create a lifestyle that allows you to travel and work from anywhere in the world.
Or maybe you want to make a difference in the world or help others achieve their goals.
Whatever your why is, make sure it is strong enough to keep you going when things get tough.
16. Create an Alter Ego
This hack seems to come in handy when you aren’t quite confident in your abilities yet.
So instead it may be easier to create an alter ego. One that is confident and can do things outside your comfort zone with ease.
What would this person do? How would they act?
You may find it helpful to write down or even create an image board of this person. Really make them come alive in your mind.
Then when you need a confidence boost, simply think about your alter ego and how they would handle the situation. This can help you act outside your comfort zone with ease.
17. Practice Self-Care
If you want to be successful in achieving your goals, you need to take care of yourself. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and moving your body.
You also need to make time for activities that make you happy. This could be reading, spending time with friends and family, or traveling.
When you take care of yourself, you will have the energy and motivation you need to pursue your goals.
To get started, I also created a self care challenge. All you have to do is sign up for my email list to get started:
It is possible to change your mindset using simple hacks. These hacks do not require a lot of work or effort, but they can have powerful effects on your life.
It is all about the little things that add up to big results.
Until next time,
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