Many of us have experienced that feeling of doubt creeping in when we embark on a new journey or venture. We second-guess ourselves and think things like “I’m not good enough,” “It’s too late for me,” or “This is too hard.” All of these thoughts are normal! But they can also be our biggest obstacles if we let them take over.
So how do we overcome these negative thoughts and change our mindset? Below are three tips to get you started:
1. Acknowledge your negative thoughts.
The first step is to acknowledge that you’re having negative thoughts in the first place. It’s important to be aware of your inner dialogue and the impact it’s having on your confidence and ability to take action. Once you’re aware of the negative thought, you can start to question it. Why do I believe this? Is it really true? What evidence do I have to support this?
2. Practice self-compassion.
It’s also important to be gentle with yourself! So often we are our own worst critics and we expect perfection from ourselves. This is an impossible standard to live up to and can lead to feelings of failure, disappointment, and discouragement. Instead, try practising self-compassion. Cut yourself some slack, celebrate your wins (no matter how small), and remind yourself that you are learning and growing every day
3. Reframe your thinking.
Finally, once you’ve acknowledged your negative thoughts and practised self-compassion, it’s time to start reframing your thinking. For example, instead of thinking “I’m not good enough,” try thinking “I’m doing my best and I’m getting better every day.” Or instead of thinking “It’s too late for me,” try thinking “It’s never too late to learn something new or make a change.” When you start looking at things from a more positive perspective, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!
Keep in mind that changing your mindset is a process that takes time and practice. So be patient with yourself as you implement these tips into your life. And remember, every journey has its obstacles but each obstacle is just another opportunity for us to grow and learn!