If you stop and evaluate where you are in life, what would you see as your mindset? Are you a positive, can-do person who has set goals and believes you can achieve them? Or are you the opposite—aimless, with a negative attitude and very little clue how to reach your goals, if you even have any? Sometimes it takes a shift: you must change your mind in order to change your life.
What happens around you and to you is often shaped by your thoughts—your view—of what life presents to you. You’ve heard many times that your attitude can determine what you get out of life, the heights or the depths you will reach. Your attitude is a function of your mindset. It may be difficult to accomplish, but changing your thinking can greatly affect your life.
It is totally within your power to control the way you react to life. This is controlling your mindset; this is having a specific mindset which will determine whether situations will control you or you control them. Two people can experience the same set of circumstances, such as extreme poverty, but the outcome may be completely different because of they way they respond to their circumstances. Their mindset determined their course of action. For example, one child living in a deplorable home life and in a horrible, challenging neighborhood becomes a doctor. Another child from the same neighborhood becomes a drug dealer.
Another example is that of the Disciple Paul who literally changed his life by changing his mind from one of a religious zealot, intent on persecuting anyone who even spoke of following Jesus to the follower himself, after hearing the Words of Jesus. Saul’s transformation—change of mind—resulted in a dramatic change of life and even a change of his name.
Your own change may not be as dramatic as the Disciple Paul’s was, but even small changes can have an impact, For instance:
• get up earlier and suddenly you have the time to exercise and to eat a good breakfast leading to a healthier, trimmer body;
• if you are a student who decides to study more, suddenly you improve grades, opening the doors to more numerous, better choices of schools;
• when on long commutes, tune out the traffic and tune into uplifting, self-help tapes and biographies or listen to calming music so that you arrive at your destination without commuter stress, leading to a more productive day.
There are sure to be other examples of small shifts you may have made or feel you can make in order to change your mind. That deliberate shift can have external forces at play or it can be a result of some internal conversation you have with yourself. Either way, change your mind and you open the doors to changing your life.
I would like to hear how you have changed your mind which resulted in a change in your life. I would also like to hear from you if you have attempted to make changes or don’t know what changes to make in order to change your life for the better.
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