Every year we reach the last few days of December and start to mentally prepare our minds for what is to come in the new year. Many people focus on their resolutions – habits, goals, and lifestyle shifts – that they want to stick with starting out in the new year. While these are great to have in mind, it can often be overwhelming to list out a bunch of huge goals and drastic changes you want to suddenly make in your life. This is why New Year’s resolutions frequently get left behind in the dust and glitter of New Year’s Day, once the reality of a new year sets into everyday life.
Instead of creating New Year’s resolutions for 2023, we challenge you to change your mindset to attract all that you want into your life. There is nothing that is more powerful than your mindset. Mindsets can impact your outcomes by determining the way you think, feel and even physiologically respond to some situations.
A report from Stanford University outlines the power of altering your mindset: “Research shows that mindsets play a significant role in determining life’s outcomes. By understanding, adapting and shifting your mindset, you can improve your health, decrease your stress, and become more resilient to life’s challenges” (Primeau, 2021)
Changing your mindset specifically to a growth and abundance mindset will encourage you to create new narratives that help you become more open to reflecting, learning, and growing from life’s challenges.
A growth and abundance mindset is about believing that your abilities are limitless and seeing the full potential in yourself. It is about having a positive view of everything around you, and being optimistic about your future.
When you adopt a growth and abundance mindset, you also create a mindset that is focused on positivity. A mindset of positivity allows you to see the full potential of what you can do, and believe that anything is possible.
What are the benefits of a growth and abundance mindset?
Fostering a growth and abundance mindset allows you to shift away from a scarcity mentality, which is the idea that things are limited and there isn’t enough to go around. That kind of mindset can hinder you from achieving your goals. What you think, you become. When you adopt a growth and abundance mindset, you allow your mind to be open to all the infinite possibilities in the universe that are out there.
With this type of mindset, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow. You become more resilient and are able to adjust to changes in your environment easily. Even with uncertainties, having a growth and abundance mindset can help ease anxiety and worries about the future. This type of mindset allows for you to see the good in all things, and be optimistic about life.
5 ways to create a growth and abundance mindset
1. Recognize the power of your thoughts
When you control your thoughts, you control your destiny. Pay extra attention to what kind of thoughts and reactions are circulating through your mind every day. Once you are aware of your typical thought patterns, you can make a conscious effort to shift your thoughts towards abundance.
If you feel yourself straying from a mindset of growth and abundance to one of scarcity, ask yourself, “what do I need to do to shift my mindset to abundance?”
2. Express gratitude
With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Practicing gratitude is one of the most powerful tools for creating abundance. Being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
A study by Harvard University found that in positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness (2021).
“If you look at what you have in life, you will always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you will never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
To practice gratitude, make a list (either a mental one or a physical one) of what you are genuinely grateful for every day. Focus on the small things that you appreciate in life, and watch how this increases your happiness.
3. Start each day with an affirmation
Positive affirmations go hand-in-hand with changing your mindset. Affirmations allow us to mindfully focus on our present thoughts, feelings, and our highest intention.
As inherently positive statements, affirmations are designed to encourage an optimistic mindset. Optimism in itself is a powerful thing, as it helps reduce those negative thought patterns that can linger.
Practicing positive affirmations can be extremely simple – all you need to do is pick a phrase and repeat it to yourself. You can switch your affirmations up every day depending on how you are feeling and what you want to attract.
4. Train your mind to be open to possibilities
A growth and abundance mindset allows you to see all the endless possibilities in your life: there will always be more options, choices, and resources available. Ask yourself what your wildest dreams are, and what you would be doing if time and money didn’t matter.
When you train your mind to be open to anything, you will start to see your life with a new, brighter lens. Remember that you attract what you think, so always dream big.
5. Surround yourself with like-minded people
We are social creatures, and ultimately you should be surrounded by people who uplift you and support your dreams and goals! People give and receive energy from others, so it is important to surround yourself with people who help you raise your vibration and that have a growth and abundance mindset.
Rather than carrying into 2023 with you huge goals, resolutions, and milestones you want to achieve, practice these things:
· Mindful living
With a growth and abundance mindset, all of these things will flow easily to you. You will find more clarity when it comes to your dreams. When you train your mind to expand your awareness to all of the good things in life, you’ll become more perceptive to all of the bountiful possibilities that are out there for you.
So as we welcome the New Year, focus on shifting your mindset to one of growth and abundance, and watch the positive changes in your life unfold.
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