The dictionary says that mindset is “the established set of attitudes held by someone”.
Having a positive mindset seems like such a simple thing to do. Really, thinking positive thoughts about your life should be pretty easy to do. However, if you are surrounded by negativity, or people who are always complaining about this or that, it can be difficult to keep a positive attitude. Eventually, their bad attitude can start to have an effect on you.
Some people are just natural complainers. They are generally not happy people. They can find fault with just about anything and don’t have a problem sharing their complaints. If it’s a sunny day, they will complain that it’s too bright, or too warm. If it’s a cloudy day, or a rainy day, they will complain that the weather sucks. They are quick to judge anything, or anyone, sometimes for no reason other than the fact that they can. Often times, they are creatures of habit as well, sometimes to extremes. And, doing something new, or out of the ordinary, can be, for them, one more thing to complain about.
I seriously never gave mindset a thought until a few years ago. People in my essential oil communities on Facebook would talk about mindset, and how important it is to be positive. I started to pay attention to my own mindset, and how my thoughts, whether positive or negative, had an effect on my life.
I noticed that if I was thinking negative thoughts, beating myself up for silly things, always expecting the worst, doubting my ability, then I would lose site of motivation and progress. I would get in a rut. I would expect that I would fail at whatever I was trying to do, and so why bother trying or putting in the effort. This could really have a snowball effect. If you constantly beat yourself up or assume that you will fail, or have failed, how will you ever find positivity? The same can be said for how you let the opinion of other people affect you. Other people can have an opinion about you and it’s their business, not yours. This has always been hard for me, not letting what other people think of me change how I look at myself. But, I’m working on it!
I’m working hard at having, and keeping a positive attitude. It’s not as easy as you may think! There is a lot of negative, ridiculous stuff in our world these days. But, I’m finding that having an attitude of gratitude is helping me so much. I wake up grateful for another day. I take time at the end of the day, before I go to sleep, to be thankful and appreciative for all of my blessings. Even if I’ve had a bad day, for whatever reason, there are still so many things to be thankful for. I don’t “expect” to fail at things, I expect that I will be successful. I have hope! If I do fail, or things don’t go the way I hoped, I regroup and try again, instead of completely giving up.
It makes a difference, a positive mindset, a growth mindset. It’s definitely worth the effort!