Mindset matters …
It’s just a few days past the summer solstice, and as a result, the days are getting a little shorter, right?
That’s probably not something any of us really notice yet… but…
As someone who has spent the last 27 years working as a speaker, coach, and professional organizer, I have witnessed first-hand the power of mindset in achieving our goals and experiencing true fulfillment in life.
We all know the phrase "is the glass half empty or half full, right?"
The question itself is not particularly important.
What matters is our answer to it.
And this one question can reveal so much about our overall mindset and perspective in life.
So the person who sees the glass as half empty may already be lamenting the waning days.
They’re typically focused on what they don't have, what's missing, and what's wrong with a situation, and as a result, tend to be negative, pessimistic, and can get easily discouraged.
On the other hand, the person who sees the glass as half full is probably still luxuriating in these long hot days because they typically focus on what they do have, what's present, and what's right with a situation.
They tend to be positive, optimistic, and resilient in the face of challenges.
So without judging what we observe about ourselves, how can we shift our mindset from half-empty to half-full?
It starts with gratitude. Cultivate a daily gratitude practice, whether it's writing down three things you're grateful for each morning or reflecting on moments of gratitude throughout the day.
This helps us retrain our brains to focus on the positive instead of the negative.
Another helpful practice is reframing your thoughts.
When you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, challenge it and try to find a positive or neutral alternative.
For example, instead of thinking "I'll never get this clutter gone," reframe it as "I still have time to work on this."
Lastly, focus on solutions instead of problems.
When faced with a challenge, it's easy to get bogged down in what's not working. Instead, try to focus on what could work and take action towards that solution.
Remember, your mindset is within your control.
By adopting a half-full mindset, we can experience more joy, gratitude, and success in all areas of our lives, whether you’re tackling a messy garage or relaxing on a Saturday afternoon.
Wishing you a half-full mindset, more love, more long days and less stuff!
As the Buddha said, “the trouble is, you think you have time.”
When the days are long, it’s easy to trick yourself into feeling like you’ve got all the time in the world, right?
That’s where my new book, Calling Bullsh*t on Busy, may be just the summer read you need!
And if you prefer audiobooks, it’s now available in that format as well.
Calling Bullsh*t on Busy gives you a revolutionary system so you can get back 1 hour or more of lost time every day!
Here’s to more time and less busy!