When we think of the word “strength”, we often imagine someone who is physically fit that can lift a lot of heavy objects. However, strength is not a word that only pertains to the flesh. Even if you can’t lift heavy weights, challenges in life are inevitable. How you react and respond to these challenges will largely determine your quality of life. Luckily, improving your mental fortitude is possible. Though challenges are inevitable, building a strong mindset will make it less about hoping things will be okay to knowing things will be okay and what to do if things go awry. Below are 5 mindset techniques you can implement right now to help you live your best life:
1. Determine the type of lifestyle you want to live:
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How about 1 year? Next week? If it isn’t somewhere you’d like to be, ask yourself where would you like to be and visualize it in as much detail as possible. Regardless of your vision, creating a short-term and long-term goal will help guide and keep you motivated as you make these goals a reality.
2. Develop healthy, daily habits that support your vision:
If you want to bring your dreams to fruition, you need to take the appropriate steps towards that direction. This includes breaking any old habits that may no longer be resourceful to the life you want to live. Additionally, take some time to reassess each habit as you progress closer to your goals to ensure that it is still resourceful for you.
3. Be in touch with your emotions
Believe it or not, it’s actually okay to have both good and bad days. Accept all of the emotions that flow through you as true, even if they are quote unquote “negative”, and understand that you can feel sad or angry without acting it out.
4. Give it time
Developing a strong mindset will not happen overnight. You may not progress as fast as you wish. There may even be setbacks that prevent you from reaching certain goals in time. Remember, even the smallest step forward is still forward and that you will get there so long as you don’t give up.
5. Continue to learn and grow
Lastly, be mindful and learn from wherever you can. You will find that life itself is your teacher and you are in a constant state of learning.
If you are struggling with any personal challenges or would like to learn more, please make an appointment with Dr. Wendy and she would be happy to have a consultation with you.