Although the “New year, new me” season has passed, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to change your mindset for the rest of the year. Every day is a new opportunity for growth, and it all comes down to your mindset habits. Here are 5 mindset habits that will change your life.
Mindset habit #1: Life is not a competition.
Growing up, I used to be a very jealous person. It only got worse with the rise of social media. I found myself comparing my life to others and feeling like I was falling behind every time I saw someone succeed. Recently, I started practicing spending less time on social media worrying about what other people were doing and focused on myself and my own work. As a result, I felt more secure in my life, and cheered on my colleagues when they succeeded. I learned that life is not a zero-sum game. Other people’s success does not come at a cost to you. There is enough success to go around for everyone.
Mindset habit #2: The only validation you need is from yourself.
It is in our human nature to want validation from others. The last thing we want in life is to make terrible decisions. This is why we ask for “second opinions” or a “fresh pair of eyes.” However, you’ll start to approach dangerous territory if everything you do and every decision you make becomes heavily dependent on other people’s opinions. At the end of the day, you know what’s best for you and the only opinion that truly matters is your own.
Mindset habit #3: Reframe your fears
Fear is an inevitable emotion. However, how you tackle them is what truly matters. Instead of seeing your fears as a threat to your survival, think of it as an opportunity for growth. Truth is, if there is something that makes you feel a bit of resistance for fearful, then that’s a good indicator that you need to go through it and face your fear. Growth happens beyond the comfort zone, so run towards your fears and tackle them head on because the longer you avoid them, you’ll never overcome them.
Mindset habit #4: Have patience & trust the process
So far, my twenties have been challenging the heck out of my patience. After getting into a car accident and not having a car for 5 months and working a dead-end job, I felt so lost and had no idea where this phase in my life was going to lead me. A year later, I am working for one of the largest creative companies in the world doing work that I am passionate about, and driving an even safer car that can get me to even further places. Bottom line: great things rarely happen overnight. Trust the timing of things and that you’re exactly where you need to be right now.
Mindset habit #5: Happiness is overrated
A lot of people would argue that the goal of life is to just be happy. However, happiness comes in waves and if one is always happy all the time, what more is there to life? Instead, we should strive for vitality and truly living life to the fullest. We should strive to live a life that we are proud of so that if death were to come (wow this took a dark turn), we wouldn’t have any regrets.
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I adore this book so much because it’s easy to digest and also keeps me humble when I feel like the entire world is against me. This book does a great job of reminding you that the world is seen from an objective lens and not everything is exactly what you think.
What is one mindset habit that has changed your life? Share in the comments below!