Sometimes we hold ourselves back from living our best life by focusing on our limitations and those taught to us in our childhood. We convince ourselves there’s only so much we can do and that we can’t progress farther...in my case, my childhood lessons were about how I wasn't good enough or capable. And, that’s actually untrue. You can almost always improve in some way. The key is to change from a fixed mindset that says this is as good as it gets to a growth mindset in which you are aware that improvement is possible. Take a look at some ways you can cultivate a “can do” mindset in order to reach your goals:
Lose the Limitations
First, you’ll need to shift your focus from your limitations to your potential. Instead of thinking, “I’ll never be able to do that,” change your mindset to consider the possibilities. Tell yourself that you may not be the very best, but you can practice and improve whatever skill it is you’d like to learn...learn the power of "yet."
Fear of failure is a powerful motivator that can often hold us back. It’s okay to fail. Tell yourself that failing is part of the growth process and part of getting better. Your failure doesn’t define who you are. It’s an essential aspect of life, and it teaches you so much...use what you learn to make improvements and develop your next best steps.
Know Your Strengths
It’s easy to identify our weaknesses; for some reason, though, we have a hard time naming our strengths. This is something you need to overcome if you want to cultivate a “can do” mindset. Everyone has talents, skills, and positive personality traits. Get in touch with yours. Ask a trusted friend if you aren’t sure what those are. When you gain confidence in your abilities, you’ll be more open to experiencing growth. Members in A Pilgrimage to Self take different assessments to discover and connect to their strengths...knowing your strengths helps you design your next best steps towards reaching your desired goals.
Take on Challenges
Don’t shy away from challenges. Instead, take them on with gusto. The above points should help you to overcome mental obstacles that may be holding you back. Trying something that is challenging is a surefire way to grow and to gain a wide variety of skills. You’ll also be opening yourself up to some potentially wonderful experiences. You are the author of your life...you must take the responsibility of creating your best life, but you don't have to do it alone. Find a partner, coach, or mentor to help you stay challenged and accountable.
Look for Inspiration
Comparison is a killer when it comes to self-confidence and living your best life. Don’t tell yourself all the ways you’re not as good as someone else. Instead, look to them for inspiration. Find ways that you can become motivated by their skill or success. Then set out to bring those characteristics to your own personal experience.
Use these tips as a guide for embracing a “can do” mindset. Pay attention to the ways in which your thought process begins to change and to the experiences you become open to having.
I would love for you to join me on a personal journey within to discover, design, and develop your Intentional Life with my coaching program, A Pilgrimage to Self. I not only want you to transform your life but to enjoy the process.
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