Quiz Result – Mindset

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Your Happiness Hindrance is Your Own…
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Mindset

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Based on your quiz answers, it sounds like one of the biggest areas of stress in your life is your own mindset. This means that a lot of your own inner monologue and how you approach situations mentally is what’s really bringing down your own happiness.

Don’t fear, though! The great thing about mindset is that you can change it.

It’s true. The brain is actually a very malleable organ. You’re able to completely change the way it works and approaches your life with some practice.

I know, because I’ve done it. Growing up, I was surrounded by negativity and that was how my own thoughts manifested (and still do at times). But overall, now people describe me as “really positive!” and that was surprising to me for a while.

But I realized I made changes that have impacted my life on the day-to-day.

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BENEFITS OF A MINDSET CHANGE
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When you take control of your thoughts, they no longer have the power to change your behavior. That’s the real benefit of gaining control over your own mindset.

Making this change allows you to filter your thoughts. So even when the negative thoughts do pop up (because they do and will for every single person), you have more control and power to throw them away and replace them with something useful for your situation.

For example: if you’re about to go out with friends and your mind is spinning with thoughts like “Ugh, what if I look dumb? Will they dress more casual or upscale? If Richard is there, I’m going to throw a fit, I can’t stand him!” you’ll be able to quickly toss those aside and instead, focus on thoughts like, “This outfit makes me feel really good! Even if everyone dresses a bit more upscale, I’ll be more comfortable and therefore confident. If Richard’s there, it might be a great opportunity to work through our grievances, and I’ll go into it with positivity and a smile.”

That difference changes your entire experience. Think of the impact of doing this with everything, every day.

Your life will change.

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Daily Exercise to Get Your Mindset Right

A friend at my work taught me this, and it makes all the difference when I have a hard day. This is by far the most important exercise to repeat daily until you get your mindset under control.

It’s called a Rise Exercise.

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Step 1

Whenever you’re in a low mood or mindset, sit down with a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Really, really think about what you want in this moment. Write down “I want _______ because I want __________.”

Focus on really what you want in this moment. Here’s an example:

I want my coworkers to stop badgering me about this project because I want to focus on doing it the way I know is right.”

Step 2

Now take that and do the exercise again with the latter part of the sentence:

I want to focus on doing it the way I know is right because I want to be able to put my knowledge and experience out there for others to see.”

Step 3

Do this again. And again. And again. And again, until you feel like you’ve gotten to the very bottom of the why. Why you truly feel the way you do and why you’re truly thinking that very thing over and over again. Oftentimes, this takes a bit of digging and you’ll get to it quicker with each of these exercises.

When you understand the why, you’ll be able to work on that aspect in order to change it. Because what you’ll find after doing this for a few days is this: usually, it’s the same fear reappearing in various ways.

That’s right. It’ll almost always be one or two main fears presenting in various negative thought patterns.

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Good Habits to Gain Control

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I want to repeat again how much this will take time. You’re trying to rewire your brain and it’s likely been working the way it currently is for a while.

That’s like trying to take an old, rusted sculpture and reshape it. You can do it, but you’ll have to be careful and go slow. You have to be patient.

That said, you can do it. Because I’ve done it. With nothing more than pure will and probably a bit of those stubborn Pope genes I’ve been told I have.

Be stubborn with this.

It’s your entire life and can change the entire way you experience it if you focus on doing these things regularly:

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  • Learn to recognize negative thoughts patterns and interrupt them with “Is this necessary?” Actually ask yourself this question.
  • Challenge those thoughts when they come up. “Ugh what if I look dumb?” with “Well, I won’t look dumb because I actually know this stuff, I’m well educated so that’s not right.”
  • Surround yourself with positive people (you may want to look at who you spend your time with).
  • Do things you love and that you know put you in a good mood (listening to your favorite music, singing along, playing with your pet, etc.) often.
  • Give yourself some grace. You won’t be great at these at first because it’s a huge shift from where you are right now. Give it time and you’ll do just fine.
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