Is Your Mindset Holding You Back?

 Your mindset is either your greatest strength… or your biggest weakness. It determines how you view life, your attitude towards what happens, and how you will react. Those who have a positive, growth mindset are much more likely to succeed at what they set out to accomplish. The mindset we have can hold us back or take us to our highest level. It all depends on how we think, what we think, and the actions we take thereafter. What are some ways you can ensure your mindset is geared for success? What are some characteristics that sets one person apart from another?

No Limitations – A person with a growth mindset doesn’t allow themselves to have limitations. They believe they deserve to succeed in life and will do what it takes to get there. They don’t go moping around, claiming to be a victim of the economy believing that they are stuck where they are at. They prepare, they plan, and they take action. They don’t believe the naysayers and follow through with what they start. These people see their potential and don’t limit themselves based on the fear that they are not good enough or smart enough. They make things happen.

Facing Fear – Just because someone has a mindset that is geared for success doesn’t mean they never feel fear. It just means they face it head on. They don’t let the “what if’s” stand in their way and they use obstacles as stepping-stones on their journey. Fear is the biggest thing that holds people back from their best potential. Whether it’s fear of failure, fear of being laughed at, or fear of success itself there are an endless amount of reasons they can use to stay where they are at in life. It’s the ones who don’t let that mounting fear stop them that become the most successful, best versions of themselves. They make it a goal to step out of their comfort zone and do things that most people do not.

Focused Purpose – Those that understand why they do what they do and have an idea of where they are going in life have the strongest mindset. Having a focused purpose in life makes it so much simpler to overcome obstacles because you know what you are ultimately working for. This is the starting point to success. You must figure out what you want to work towards. This can only be done through a growth mindset and someone who thinks outside the box. Finding your purpose in life will not only allow you to focus on what’s important but it will be much easier to follow through and truly go for what you want.

Your mindset can be your greatest tool for a successful life. It will hold you down for a lifetime if you let it. Having a growth mindset allows the world to be at your fingertips because you don’t close your mind to anything. Everyday there is a new possibility for success for someone with this type of mindset. Don’t hold yourself back with senseless limitations and fear just because you don’t know what the future holds. Taking that first step outside your comfort zone could be the breath of fresh air you need in your life.

 

Exercise For Your Mind & Body

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Regular exercise, combined with a healthy, nutritious diet, can help keep your body  strong, lean and fit. Did you know that exercise is also good for your mental health? Exercise and a fit body helps improve your self-esteem, your confidence and can help you feel more in control of your life. People who exercise on a regular basis are less prone to suffer from anxiety, depression and they handle stress better than people who do not exercise regularly. Sometimes it’s difficult to get up and start exercising when you feel anxious or depressed., but you will feel better almost as soon as you start exercising. During exercise, the brain releases endorphins that help reduce pain and promote a feeling of well-being. Depression is a serious illness that affects millions of people. Exercise alone is not a quick-fix for depression, but it can help you deal with your symptoms. Once you get your depression symptoms under control, exercise may help prevent depression symptoms from returning. Follow your doctor’s advice about medication, lifestyle changes and exercise. How can you get started with exercise if you are or have been depressed or feeling anxious? It’s easier than you think.
Begin slowly. If you have been sedentary for years and rarely exercised, see your doctor for a physical checkup before beginning an exercise regimen. Once your doctor clears you for exercise, gradually increase your physical activity until you can do 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Forget trying to run a marathon after your first week. Set realistic goals and build on your increasing strength and endurance. Start by walking 10 to 15 minutes every other day and increase by a few minutes every week until you can walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes. You can walk outdoors in your neighborhood, in a park or at the gym on a treadmill. It doesn’t matter where you walk, just as long as you do it. As you begin to get more fit, lose weight and get stronger, you will start to feel better both physically and mentally. 

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