Training your mind for success
Training your mind for success
Our Breakfast Briefing with guest speaker Janine Mitchell owner of Change for Success, was a huge hit with young professionals in Manchester. Here are some highlights from the session.It starts from a young age
We are all born with a success mindset, and up until we are 7/8 we live in the present moment. Our conscious self is only starting to take shape but before that our beliefs are being moulded. Therefore when children are repeatedly told “No.” (more often out of safety) the message is constant and we start to believe no you can't.
Children will also believe in Father Christmas but as they develop reasoning skills they begin to see holes in the logic. Whilst the more fantastical beliefs fade, often the “No’s” resonate which can leave many holding onto the mindset of ‘I’m not good enough’.
Janine took us through noticing our mindsets, identifying what success means to us as individuals and the skills to improve our minds.
Awareness of your subconscious thoughts is the start to understanding your mindset. Notice what your inner critic says, would you want that person as a friend?
We have 60,000/70,000 thoughts in a day (85-90% are negative), and the majority of those thoughts 80-90% of those are from previous day. It's important to find a way to break negative cycles by noticing when you are in it and learning when to let go or move on from things out of our control. Janine explained that 95% of the things we worry about never happens.
What does success mean to you?
Our thoughts manifest our reality - Neuroscience is seeing a shift akin to that of Newtonian Physics to Quantum physics. From discrete outcomes to probabilistic ones. We can achieve anything we want through changing our beliefs to that of a success mindset.
Heath, Wealth and Relationships form a triangle of needs. Any one part could be lacking and could also be what is holding you back from achieving what you want. Make sure you reflect on the three areas and know what success means to you in each, in order to work on your achievements.
Skills to improve
- State affirmations - PPP - Stay Present, Persistent and Positive
- The mind does not want to change, as it doesn’t like change. It prefers the comfort zone but it is can be influenced by trying new things or taking 'risks'.
- The subconscious is visual and the use of a vision board is beneficial in training it. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t have.
- Practising gratitude shows you how much there is to be happy about. It reframes your world view.
- Write down 5 things that you are grateful for, it doesn’t matter how small. Completing the exercise before bed or when you wake up is better as brain waves are longer and you are more perceptive.
- Meditation - learning to quiet the mind and lower you stress levels will make you more aware when you get into negative cycles. You will spot the thoughts quickly as they come and be better equipped to deal with them.
The changes don’t all happen over night, like many habits you didn’t form them in a day you can’t expect to change them in a day. It is all constant practise. To find out more about Janine, get in touch via her website.