The power of mindset is undeniable. A positive perspective may help you overcome even the most difficult problems, but a negative mindset can turn a good situation into a bad one.
I chatted with Peter Crone, a mindset coach best known as a mind architect, for his work helping people completely remodel their mentality and get beyond limiting beliefs and anxieties to learn more about cultivating a positive attitude. He has the following to say about it:
According to Crone, there is one major reason why having a positive perspective is so successful. “A hypothetical future is just as real as the one you’re afraid of,” he continues, implying that no one knows what will happen next. The exact thing you’re afraid of is just a possibility, yet it’s easy to delude yourself into believing it’s already set in stone.It takes a lot of work to remind oneself that everything is a chance and to focus on the positive instead of the negative.
The capacity to think constructively.
In terms of attitude, optimistic thinking is one of the most powerful tools available. According to Crone, what you believe becomes your reality. One of his customers is a basketball player who had trouble meeting the league standard. He was just as skilled as the rest of the team, so the issue wasn’t one of physicality. Instead, it was a psychological barrier obstructing his ability to say no. When the participant went to take his shot, his thoughts were focused on not missing, making him nervous. Crone suggested one modest change: replace the negative notions with something more positive. He had the player envision his accomplishment by thinking that he was now in sync with the league average and to keep that concept in his mind while on the court. The player experienced immediate improvements, which lasted the rest of the season, all due to adopting a more positive outlook.
Overcome your self-sabotaging beliefs.
Everyone has to limit ideas; nevertheless, you must conquer these beliefs and replace them with new ones to cultivate a constructive mentality. Crone suggests asking yourself, “What are the limiting constructions in the finest method that you merely explain yourself?” to identify your limiting beliefs.
The way you handle situations when you’re scared is one way you might uncover limiting beliefs appearing in your own life. For example, before a big presentation, you might tell yourself something like ‘watch me bomb that presentation’ as a way to loosen up, rather than ‘watch me knock this presentation out of the park,’ just in case you do bomb the presentation. However, because you’re going into the presentation with a negative mindset, this only increases the likelihood that it won’t go well. If you go into it with confidence and a positive mindset, you’ve just increased the chances of it being a success.
Rewrite your story.
Your internal narrative, like your mindset, has the power to influence your actions and behaviors. “Changing your narrative creates a distinct individual and, as a result, a distinct perspective, which leads to completely different ideas, emotions, behaviors, and, as a result, outcomes,” Crone explains.
Examine how you approach completely different situations as a starting point for rewriting your narrative. “It’s about understanding where you’re coming from.” You’re both coming from a place of worry or pleasure, so figure out which side of you is seeing the future,” Crone says. If you’re experiencing anxiety, take the time to figure out what’s causing it and try to transform it into a source of joy instead. One way to achieve this is to refocus your attention on the best-case scenario rather than the worst-case scenario. Make a positive outcome for yourself by channeling your anxious energy.
Overcome your fears.
Because fear is such a powerful generator of a negative mentality, conquering your anxieties is crucial to creating a positive outlook. Conveying awareness of your worries is an important step in conquering them. “You want to bring awareness to your issue, provide space to be with it, and realize that it’s alright,” Crone explains. From this point of acceptance, you may begin to take steps to overcome your concerns.