For most of my adult life, I thought I couldn’t run. But for most of my adult, I also experienced anxiety and for some reason the solution was to go run. Not because I thought I could, but because I knew I needed to move my body and that seemed the easiest option at the time.
This is when I began to have an a-ha moment and my personal mindset shift truly began to take place.
As I became more and more conscious of the thoughts rolling around in my mind, I came to realize that much of what I had been telling myself wasn’t even true! One of those thoughts was “you can’t run!”
Guess what? I actually could!
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The habit of negative thinking and negative thoughts can become an unconscious habit that affects our everyday lives. In fact, it can cause us to function at a low level and keep us from achieving what we are actually capable of.
My mindset shift started with listening to anything positive I could get my hands on. I also read many books focused on thinking empowering thoughts.
What truly helped me, however, was being plugged in (with earbuds) to positive “speak” on a regular basis. Even if I zoned out and wasn’t consciously listening, the positive words were still getting into my subconscious.
Any spare moment I had where I was doing mindless tasks that didn’t require my full attention, I’d search YouTube for “positive motivational talks.” That’s when I discovered Wayne Dyer. He became my go-to life and spiritual advisor. Listening to him (and eventually others) allowed me essentially overwrite the negative programming that had gone on in my mind and thoughts for too many years.
Awareness Shifts Mindset
All of this awareness led me to completely shift my thinking and my life’s purpose. Eventually, I transitioned from running to yoga, incorporating a daily practice of meditation. I also committed to helping others make small shifts that result in big changes through wellness coaching, sharing with my clients that the small shifts are what create big changes over time.
Have you had a mind over matter experience, where you stopped telling yourself you couldn’t do something and then went ahead and achieved a goal?