Monday Motivation: Does Your Mindset Need an Extreme Makeover?


Does Your Mindset Need an Extreme Makeover?

When you think of “extreme makeovers, ” more than likely your mind visualizes a makeover on the “outside” of some sort.  Makeovers on the outside help you present to those around you changes that you made, and the feelings of pride and victory you experience from these changes and accomplishments. These are things for which you should feel proud; but what if you spent the same amount of time concerned “making over” your “inner-self” as you do with your “outer-self”?

How often do you reflect on and understand not only the “recordings” that are playing and etched in your mind, but the “impact” of the circles of people with whom you choose to interact?

Do you realize how impactful these things are and how they contribute to your mental maps, your outlook, your thought processes and the outcomes you achieve in your life? Let’s look at a couple of places from where these “recordings” are generated.

1. Your Mind – What Are You Telling Yourself?

In life there are always two voices that are competing for your attention. The voice of the inner critic; the voice of defeat OR the voice of the inner cheerleader; the voice of victory. One voice will point out that “you’ve reached your limits; you’ve gone as far as you can go”. The other voice will point out, “you are well able; all things are possible”. The cool thing is you get to choose which voice comes to life. Which voice are you choosing? Following is a way to combat your negative self-talk:

Give Yourself a Positive Pep Talk – the best way to neutralize negative self-talk is positive self-talk. So, give yourself a positive pep talk while looking into a mirror; once you get over feeling awkward, you will realize the wonders it will do for you. The next time you are feeling down or negative:

  1. Sit or stand in front of a mirror, set a timer for 5 minutes.

  2. Look yourself in the eyes and give yourself a compliment; once you get over awkwardness give yourself another compliment and then another compliment.

  3. Next, remind yourself of your good qualities; things you’re good at, your accomplishments and things you are proud of and congratulate yourself on them.

  4. Ask yourself, “now that I’ve listed all of these good things about myself; do I really believe the negative that my inner critic throws at me?”

  5. Finish the exercise by telling yourself, “I am lovable, I am talented, I am worthy of happiness, I am capable, I am good person, I am secure”, etc. or any other affirmation that you want to state about the wonder of you.

Remember, you are a masterpiece. You are an original. There is no one else with your fingerprints. You are here because you have contributions that only you can make to the world around you. Free the butterfly that is trapped inside of YOU!

2. The People You Surround Yourself With – With Whom Do You Spend Your Time?

The people you surround yourself with are the biggest influence on your behavior, attitudes and results. Who you are around; what they’ve got you thinking, saying, doing and becoming sets the course for your life. In the words of motivational speaker Jim Rohn:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

The people you spend the most time with shape who you are and become. The dream in your heart may be bigger than the environment in which you find yourself. Sometimes you must get out of that environment to see that dream fulfilled.

According to research by social psychologist Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, [the people you habitually associate with] determine as much as 95 percent of your success or failure in life.”

Here is one guiding principle that you can use as criteria for picking teammatesSurround yourself with people you admire. You become like the people that you (choose to) expose yourself to; therefore, it follows that you can accelerate your personal growth in whatever direction you desire by spending time with people who already are who you want to become.

Your Challenge for this week is to 1) become aware of the recordings you are playing in your mind and 2) assess with whom you are spending most of your time.

We spend so much time in our lives waiting for others to qualify us. Authorize yourself and step into your power right now. Give yourself your own credentials and you be the one who qualifies who you are. After all, nobody knows you better than you do.

Have a GREAT day; Have a GREAT week!

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