🌼Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life.(AMAZING ARTICLE)
What we strive for and the path we take to get there is all mixed up.
Freedom, fulfilment, happiness, work life balance and a healthy social life is a common goal I’m sure most of us desire but what we are lacking is the mindset to go with it.
I believe a healthy work life balance can be obtained by shifting your mindset. Not just your mindset relating to work, but your overall life as a greater whole.
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If your brain is filled with pessimistic thoughts you can have all the work life balance you desire but you will never be able to switch off completely and actually appreciate your time away from the office.
When I was stuck working long hours in a job I hated I found myself getting stuck in a negative spiral. I would come home late and convince myself that I had a big day and needed to rest.
By ‘resting’ every evening after work I was neglecting my social life and putting all good habits on hold, for example I quit going to gym and running. I replaced these positive habits with negative habits such as spending hours on Netflix and YouTube, everyday.
There’s no easy route to happiness and fulfilment, it’s all subjective.
Each of us have different definitions of what happiness and fulfilment mean. I understand a lot of people feel trapped in a job they don’t enjoy and I also understand not everyone can simply wake up and quit.
There are unfortunately many things outside of our control, and they can impact our life greatly. When we can’t change our situation we must change ourselves. We can do this by changing our attitude.
This is similar to the stoic mindset that is we cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.
An excellent example of the power of one’s mind is Viktor Frankl.
Through his book “Man’s Search for Meaning” he describes his time in a concentration camp and how he came to survive. He observed that those people who survived their stays in concentration camps, were the ones who found the strongest will to live. They did this by shifting their mindset from the bad to the good. They found their meaning — their will to live, and that fuelled them each and every day
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor E. Frankl
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These four steps are what I would use as a framework to start changing your perception of the world we live in.
Start acknowledging the good things in your life and try to savour the good times while they’re happening. Be thankful that you experienced them after they have passed.
Find your why.
This is the reason you’re doing what you’re doing. Your purpose. Something that gets out of bed in the morning.
Do what you should be doing.
If you know you need to cut back on your screen time, or if you love drawing but have no time — make time for these, prioritise doing something that makes you happy and the rest come on its own.
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This doesn’t mean running a marathon a week or spending 2 hours in the gym each morning. It can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk in the evenings with your friends or family.
Most importantly take care of yourself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race and forget to prioritise your health and well being. Humans are all capable of extraordinary things, unfortunately we all underestimate our capabilities.
CONTRIBUTED BY Brad Cuffe
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