This morning I was scrolling through my Facebook memories, as I often do–with intention–after I’ve done my morning routines, just to see where I was in life in previous years. It’s interesting to look back and see how much you’ve grown.
And this morning I was reminded that early August 2015 is when my whole life and business changed.
It all started with a 7-day mindset challenge run by a coach I was following at the time. I’d always been interested in mind-related stuff and her claims that having a daily mindset practice would change your life and business were powerful enough to nudge me to at least try it for 7 days.
AND I WILL NEVER GO BACK!!
Not only did those 7 days totally shift my mindset and my way of thinking, but I felt totally in alignment and tuned in and connected to myself and the Universe, and things began manifesting in my life and business that had never, ever happened to me up to that point (things like, getting a car for practically free, $15,000 cash within 45 days, my best launch ever for my annual NaNoWriMo story planning workshop, and more).
After those 7 days, I committed fully from that moment on, I would do a daily mindset practice and it would be non-negotiable going forward.
And except for a handful of days over the last 3 years, I have been insanely consistent. I work on my mindset in some way, shape or form, EVERY SINGLE DAY. No excuses accepted.
When I look back at how I used to think and feel before August 2015 and how I think and feel now, it’s almost hard to believe we’re comparing the same person. It’s like I’ve gotten a complete hard drive upgrade.
Over the last three years, I’ve become mentally stronger and a hell of a lot more confident. I have a much deeper trust in myself and in the Universe. I manifest things with much more ease. I feel good, every single day (not all day every day, but every day).
I am more connected to my soul. I’m more connected to the energy of our Universe. I’m more in tune with my desires and dreams and I’m owning them at a whole new level.
I’ve also taken more action than ever before. Created and launched more than ever before. And made more money than ever before.
I attribute all of it to having a daily mindset practice.
Period. End of story.
Without my daily mindset practice amping me up and focusing me in, I become scattered and frazzled and more easily disrupted by life chaos. But with it, I become energized, intentional and handle life chaos like a champ, while still maintaining all I have going on.
My strategy for becoming bulletproof to hate, criticism, judgment, fear, doubt, distractions, etc. is to work on your mindset daily.
When your mindset is in place, everything else just becomes easier. Easier to handle, easier to deal with, easier to push through and overcome.
And if there’s something you can do to make your life and your business EASIER, why not dive in?
So that’s what I did. It was harder at first, because it was new and there was more Resistance to it. But I kept going, because I liked how I was feeling.
Day to day, I started to notice I was happier. I was feeling good more often. I was starting to shed my old ways of thinking and believing and being.
I was becoming a whole new me.
But what was really happening is I was unburying the me who was always there. By releasing the old, negative, limiting thought patterns and beliefs, I was able to access the real me.
The truth is, we aren’t born with these negative thoughts or limiting beliefs. We were born free and fully trusting in the Universe and in our own magic.
The rest of it is given to us throughout the course of our lives, from things outside ourselves.
And having a daily mindset practice gets you back in touch with your soul. It reminds you of who you actually are and what’s actually true.
And the more consistent you are with it, the more that truth will stick with you.
Until one day you wake up, and you feel different. Your first thought upon waking isn’t the negative shit it used to be. You don’t go through your day running negative storylines based on old beliefs and programming.
You’re being more intentional. You’re feeling good more often. You know what’s true for you, regardless of what anyone else says, thinks or believes. And you’re acting like it.
If you’re ready to start–or get back to–your daily mindset practice, here’s a simple 5-part practice I recommend; do the activities in the order that feels best to you:
- Freestyle write–I recommend handwriting at least one full page, stream-of-consciousness style. But feel free to write more than that.
- Meditate–this can be as simple as sitting somewhere comfortable, closing your eyes and breathing in and out slowly (ex: breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds and release for 5 seconds). You can also use guided audio meditations (YouTube has tons) if you find that your mind wanders too much.
- Visualize–close your eyes and imagine you’re living your dreams. Create the details in your mind. See them. Feel them. Hear them.
- Set intentions–either verbally or by writing them down. I always start with the prompt: This is now true for me… and then I fill in the blank for a couple of pages with whatever comes to me. The idea is to write your intentions in the positive, present tense, as if you already have it now.
- Movement–move your body in some way, whether that’s going for a walk, stretching, doing a workout at the gym or putting on some music and dancing. Bodies were made to move.
And if you’re in a hurry, you can do this whole practice in 10 minutes, just use a timer and do each activity for 2 minutes.
Do you have a daily mindset practice? And if not, what’s stopping you? Share in the comments.
Dream life or bust,