5 Ways to Cultivate a Positive Mindset
Do you know how to develop strategic thinking? It’s important for your career and business, but do you really understand it or even what the process of developing strategy entails? Here are five questions that will help sharpen up those skills.
- Ask yourself…what exactly do you want?
In order to make any progress, it is essential that you have a clear destination in mind. The first step is figuring out what exactly your desired goal is and breaking it down into smaller goals for the next few years of your life; maybe even month by month! Once these new objectives are set up, take time every day or week to evaluate how close you’re getting towards them – this will allow you see if anything needs adjusting as well as creating an overall sense of satisfaction about all the work being done.
- Are you starting from the bottom?
What is your current life situation? It’s important to assess what you have and how well it meets your needs. You should take a survey of the skills, resources, and assets that you currently possess in order to figure out where they could best be utilized. What are some things about yourself that might need attention or work-on? How do these items fit with what I know about myself so far for possible improvements or adjustments down the road?
You can also write up an inventory of all connections–past coworkers from various jobs; school buddies who live nearby; past colleagues at other companies (whatever). Why not make contact again just because it feels good “to stay connected”?
- Do you really have the power to change?
The future is in your hands! Among the many things you can do to make positive changes, consider what’s within your control and get rid of anything that might be holding you back. This could include streamlining tasks or eliminating unnecessary ones altogether if they don’t serve a purpose. Consider adding new items as well like networking opportunities or career planning advice so all bases are covered when it comes time for success!
- What’s needed to move forward?
The idea behind a self-inventory is to take an assessment of your skills, resources, and connections. This can be done by yourself or with the help of another individual such as a mentor or life coach who has been there before you and knows what it takes to succeed in that area. If this sounds like something you want to do but are overwhelmed at first glance then why not give yourself some time? Set aside small chunks of time each day during which you will complete one task from the inventory list. Over weeks’ worth of tasks completed slowly progress towards completing all items on your checklist for success in your chosen field!
- Can you enjoy your life and still reach your goals?
The future you will have is worth striving for. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your life isn’t all about work, and spend time on the things in life that give you pleasure. What are some of these things? Think back to when Future You first met Present You- what did they enjoy doing together? Fantasize with me– Imagine a vacation from 5 stars hotels or being able to take off half the year (to travel!) If those thoughts don’t sound too appealing yet then think again! How would driving your dream car feel like at this very moment right now?! Start incorporating parts of our future success into present day plans by making a list using words such as: “What could I do today?” You will be toasting to your success before you even know it!
Now that we have defined 5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Clarify Your Strategic Mindset, lets look at 5 ways to Cultivate a Positive Strategic Mindset.
A change in mindset can be daunting, but with some creativity and positivity it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of every experience:
- There’s Good in everything. You gotta go find it!!
It’s important to find the silver lining in every situation, and this is especially true for things you experience on a daily basis. Whenever you’re faced with something negative, try looking at it from a different perspective – focusing on what was good about that event or interaction. For example: When launching your new business idea but then eventually having to shut down due to lack of success….Think back over all the mistakes made throughout those experiences; learn from them! Remember how much time went into creating these ideas? Think too about where they succeeded despite their failure overall…It may have even been better received than if there had never been any failures involved.
- Find and Destroy all patterns of Negative Thinking
Many people wonder where their negativity comes from. Sometimes it’s not obvious and can be hard to see, but the effects are often right in front of you every day! Imagine that your life is going well—you’re financially stable, happy with what you do for work, have a good support network…but something inside just won’t let go. You might find an excuse to avoid making any major decisions or trying anything new because deep down there’s this fear looming overhead: What if I run out of money? Or worse yet-what if something bad happens like losing my job?! It seems so farfetched that these thoughts would affect me now but they really only serve as deterrents keeping us back from living our lives fully without worry. Maintain positivity and don’t worry about the negativity.
- Gratitude is a great practice to follow
Every day, take a few moments to reflect on the good in your life. You’re healthy and have a roof over your head; there are millions out there who want what you have right now. While not wealthy or living your dream lifestyle, every day is an opportunity for growth that will make all those bad days worth it!
- Accept the things you cannot change
There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a terrible situation and not knowing how to make it better. But you have power over your perception, which then has the ability to change your reality for the better! Maybe if we stop complaining about what can’t be changed or wishing things were different (even though that would feel great), we’ll start seeing our obstacles as opportunities instead of problems. So next time an irritating boss starts yelling at us or there is no money left in the bank account, know that these are only temporary conditions- they will soon pass because everything changes all throughout life so why stay focused on one thing when new possibilities await?
- Let it Go! Let it Go…Judgement that is!
The more you compare yourself to others, the unhappier and less positive you’ll become. Take this habit into your own hands by focusing on what YOU are doing instead of how someone else is living their life better than you! Let go of negativity in order to be happy again. You deserve happiness so don’t let negative thoughts take over- reach for new goals that make you look forward to each day because indeed they will come true if only given a chance