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How to Instantly Reframe Your Mindset And Radically Improve Your Life

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How to Instantly Reframe Your Mindset And Radically Improve Your Life
If you've ever failed at reaching any goal in life, the problem could all be in your mind. That's how important your mindset is. If you want to real change, you need to start reframing your mindset. Stop reacting to life and start responding to it.

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Reframing your mindset

Stop reacting to life and start responding to it.

If you want to really change, you need to start reframing your mindset. You’re not in control of everything that happens to you, but you are in control of how you respond to what happens to you.

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Henry David Thoreau

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What mindset is

A mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within you to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviours, choices, or tools.

It’s so powerful that it affects every decision-making process. It predetermines your responses and interpretations of situations.

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Types of mindsets

  • Growth mindset: you believe your most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and resilience.
  • Fixed mindset: you believe basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits and that talent alone creates success — without effort. 

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Wallace D. Wattles
“Whatever you habitually think yourself to be, that you are.”

Wallace D. Wattles

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Examine your current beliefs

Ask yourself these questions, to identify limiting beliefs and negative patterns:

  • Where did I learn these beliefs and knowledge from?
  • Are they the objective truth?
  • Who uses these beliefs in life and business?

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Motivational techniques

... for improving performance:

  • Self-talk (saying to yourself “I can do better”)
  • Imagery (imagining yourself doing something better)
  • If-then planning (for example, “If I start to doubt myself, then I will remind myself that I have the skills!”)

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Travis Bradberry

"People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new."

Travis Bradberry

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Mastering your mindset

You can change your brain’s patterns once you start to consistently feed your mind with new empowering messages.

When you begin to master your mindset, you will be able to make new healthy choices, embrace a positive outlook in life, commit to goals and get them done and you will most likely finish what you start.

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Disciplined practice

  • Make a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound life-list of 5 things you want to achieve. 
  • Set small goals for each day and week.
  • Be aware of your self-talk. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Use the skills you already have. Focus on your strengths and build upon them. 
  • See failure as a set up for a comeback.

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The gap between knowing and doing

We often know what we should be doing, but find there is a gap between knowing it and doing it.

What sets us in motion is usually external. We may suddenly have no choice, ...

Why you can't do what you should do

A potential answer comes from Robert Dilt's logical levels of change, modelled in a hierarchy.

  1. Purpose (What else?)
  2. Identify (Who?)
  3. Values and beliefs (Why?)
  4. Capabilities (How?)
  5. Behaviours (What?)
  6. Environment (Where and when?)

Change that begins at the bottom does not affect the next step up unless you make an effort to climb. Change that starts at the top will filter down naturally.

Behaviour starts instinctive and conditioned

  • A child learns about the world through reflex and conditioning. A baby cries, and someone comes to help. They do something and get rewarded.
  • Then behaviour becomes reasoned and chosen. As a person grows, so reflex and conditioning are replaced by desire, choice, reasoning and consequence. Physical development is also occurring. We may think and then do, but also do and then think.
  • Positive change needs to appeal to both as it needs to challenge ingrained habits.