How To Shift Your Mindset & Stay Focused
Mindset is everything, even if you don’t realize it. The way in which you perceive the world affects every aspect of your daily life. Your mindset impacts your daily habits, everyday life, your ability to achieve your goals and dreams, and your personal thought process. If you have a positive mindset, you will react to things in a balanced, healthy way and prioritize your wellbeing.
The ability to shift perspective in order to assess what is truly important to your life can help you create or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Focusing on the positive can drastically impact how you make life decisions! Being able to focus on your goals not only helps you with your daily habits, but it also can motivate you to learn new things, and pay attention to the present moment. Focus is like a mental muscle: you have to train it to see the best results! There are plenty of practices you can include in your routine to improve your focus and change your mindset for the better. And today we are sharing our favorite strategies to do so! This post will tell you how to shift your mindset and stay focused on your goals. Keep reading for the inside scoop!
How To Shift Your Mindset & Stay Focused
Step up your self-talk and make self-love a priority.
If your relationship with yourself is not great, odds are your mindset isn’t so great either. You have to be your biggest supporter in this life! How can you achieve anything and foresee great results if you’re not showing up and giving 100% of yourself? Know your worth and what you bring to the table. Be proud of your assets, your skills, and even the smallest of achievements. It’s perfectly okay to say nice things to yourself and pat yourself on the back! In fact, it’s key to believe in yourself and, most importantly, love yourself no matter what. If your thought process works to blame yourself at the first thing that goes wrong, it’s time to change that! Try positive affirmations or self-love journaling. And seal this in your mind: you are your most important person. You only need to show up as yourself, for yourself! Are you struggling with negative self-talk? We feel for you. The good news is we have just the episode and blog post for you! Check THIS episode of Looking Up with Deepika Chopra. And this article from our blog on how to forgive yourself.
Get intentional with your goals and dreams.
If you want to shift your mindset to stay focused and have a more positive outlook in life, you need to set some goals and dreams for yourself. What do you want to accomplish before the end of the year? What is your wildest, biggest dream? How does your life need to change for you to achieve those goals? These are the questions you should be answering! Once you regain clarity, your mindset will begin to shift as you focus on what you need to accomplish. Make your next move, your best move!
Learn how to meditate.
Meditation is composed of a set of exercises to promote an elevated state of attentiveness, focus, and awareness. Meditating is a wonderful mindfulness practice that helps you focus! There is evidence that shows it reduces blood pressure, helps people with mental health issues, soothes anxiety, aids focusing, and overall contributes to healthier living. If you need to know you’re not alone when it comes to self-help and mental health struggles, listen to THIS episode of With Whit. The great thing about meditation is that you can practice however you like. If a 5 minute guided meditation is all you have time for, go ahead! Do you prefer long meditation sessions by yourself? Be my guest! Meditation is about what works best for YOU.
Create a mindful morning routine.
It’s no secret why we love a good morning routine! A good routine sets the tone for the day, gives you a fresh outlook on your priorities, and allows you to have the power to control your schedule instead of your schedule controlling you! We’d like to encourage you before getting started with work or school for the day, to take the first half an hour to an hour just for you. This me-time should be dedicated to cultivating a positive mindset and heightening your focus before tackling your usual routine. A few daily habits to include in a mindset morning routine are positive affirmations, journaling, meditating, yoga, reading self-help books, listening to the best personal growth podcasts, and breathing exercises. Craft the routine that you want! Prioritize your time to fit in what’s important to you and your goals and feed the mind positivity!
Cut off all negative distractions and people.
Focusing on the positive and staying productive depends a lot on the environment around you. However, it can actually be difficult to understand what’s a distraction and what’s negatively impacting you. That’s why as you are journeying your way to a more positive and focused mindset you have to dig deeper and ask yourself thought provoking questions. Are you surrounded by negative or toxic people? Does your mindset get impacted by their attitude? Toxic relationships have a major impact on your mental health. So you want to surround yourself with fulfilling relationships and positive people that encourage you to think differently and empower you to go after your goals! If you’re struggling with stepping away from a person or group of friends that no longer serve you listen to this discussion on Real Pod regarding how to drop people-pleasing guilt. The same happens with recurring distractions, such as social media. They draw all of your energy into a phone screen and trap you in a world of shimmery facades. Cut off and or minimize the negative distractions and people from your life and focus on what serves you and your goals!
Focus on gratitude and positivity.
Shifting your mindset involves a whole lot of focusing on the positive side of every negative. It can sound tough at first but it’s possible if you train your mind to see the good in everything. Gratitude is a key part of life. So you should incorporate this mindset into your everyday habits as much as possible! Be grateful for all aspects of your existence or, if not, for the possibilities that will come to you. And try to include positivity into your morning routine to promote that mindset shift! If you need help training your mind to be more flexible and see the positive, listen to THIS episode of That’s So Retrograde.
Plan your day in advance.
One of the best daily habits to incorporate to create a positive mindset shift is planning your day in advance. This is ideally done the night before, drafting a to-do list in a planner or a white board. Whatever works best for you! This will help you stay focused on what needs to be done to get you closer to where you want to be in life and keep you anchored to the present moment.
Step out of your comfort zone.
As the quote says, your comfort zone will kill you. Well, not exactly. But it will slow down any type of progress you want to make in relation to mindset and focusing on your goals. This is especially true if your comfort zone is filled with negative people and endless distractions. Do something that excites you, be reckless (in a safe way) for a change, try a new style or music playlist! All of these are little details where you can experiment and encourage a mindset change. Sometimes all you need to refocus is a breath of fresh air. Here’s an episode of Life With Marianne where she reflects on the pressures of having influence and how to have a more positive mindset.
Get an outside perspective.
Sometimes in order to have a mindset shift, you have to look outside yourself. If you’re struggling to see different perspectives, or stuck in a mindset rut, it might be time to get inspired. You can ask a friend, read a book, or listen to a podcast. Sometimes hearing a different way to perceive the world or a situation is all you need to see things differently. If you have an objective and positive friend, ask for a chat. If you’re inspired and feel an author is relatable to your story, read their book. And of course, tune in to any podcasts on any topics you’re interested in or struggling with. If you don’t know where to start with your podcast search, start with our Dear Media shows list. We can guarantee there is something for anyone and everyone there.
What is your favorite strategy to shift your mindset and stay focused?
It’s official, you’ve got the inside scoop on how to transform your mindset while focusing on the positive! Now that you know these strategies, you can create a healthy lifestyle for yourself and improve your everyday life. Have you tried to shift your mindset to stay more focused before? What held you back? Let us know in the comments! Also, remember you’ll find more lifestyle tips and podcasting advice on our Dear Media blog. Feel free to check it out!