There are times when even the best of us feel stuck. And if you’ve ever been there, you know that it’s no fun. These periods can lead to feelings of helplessness, sadness, irritability and resignation. Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety may even be exacerbated during these times.
While it can seem impossible to get past this place, making a few simple changes can actually prove to have significant benefit. Taking proactive steps to address your thought patterns and personal development make overcoming slumps seem more achievable.
Here’s why what you think and learn matters
The way you think really does influence both the way you feel and the way you behave. When you realize this it makes sense that changing your thinking from a negative to a positive mindset can cause a shift in your overall mood and lifestyle.
People who focus on the good over the bad tend to be happier. Positivity can affect your life for the better in a number of areas. Your self-confidence, relationships with others and even your physical health can benefit from making a concerted effort to think more positively.
Some benefits of a positive mindset
When your thoughts are primarily affirmative, you’ll find your stress levels begin to lower. That’s because your focus has shifted from useless emotions such as worry and fear to more intentional efforts like planning and gratitude. By purposefully looking at the bright side, you’re more solution-focused and are more likely to move past roadblocks.
Instead of being stressed, you’ll feel accomplished. These accomplishments will naturally provide you with greater feelings of confidence and empowerment. People who feel strong in their abilities have the emotional energy to achieve higher success rates in their personal and professional lives.
It stands to reason that confident people will take more risks toward pursuing what they want than those who are primarily influenced by negativity. Plus, others will likely want to be around you since people tend to flock to positive individuals.
Finally, you’ll just feel better physically when you no longer suffer from the muscle tension, headaches, depression and anxiety that often accompany poor mindset.
What does this have to do with self-growth?
Self-growth is a broad term that covers a lot of topics such as spirituality, fitness, learning, relationships and money. Many people have a natural desire for living the best life they can and fulfilling their potential. I don’t know about you, but I sure want to feel fulfilled by my life. I want to live the best life I can, and do more than just survive from day to day.
What about you?
This is where positive mindset comes in. In order to live your best life, you really do have to keep a positive mindset and be open to new experiences.
Benefits of self-growth
There are lots of ways to go after self-growth. What will be most successful for you depends upon your preferred method of learning and your personal goals. And what works for you might not be what works for the person next to you.
But there are some general benefits of self-growth that can be applied to everyone. Whether it’s through reading, taking a class or joining an organized group of some kind, you may be able to gain insight on your life’s purpose.
Knowing what is most important to you can allow you to focus your energies on that goal, allowing you the freedom of letting a lot of unnecessary things go. This doesn’t mean there will be only one ultimate goal that should be important to you. Rather, better understanding of your life’s purpose lets you better prioritize your life, leading to feelings of fulfillment, motivation and empowerment.
As with positive mindset, self-growth is a tool that you can use to create better relationships and more happiness. The two really go hand in hand. Once you know what’s important to you, focusing your energies on those interactions that help you live your best life becomes a priority.
Some people may think of mindset and self-help as a bunch of woo-woo or mumbo jumbo. However, the gains that come with paying mindful attention to one’s thoughts and growth cannot be denied.
If you’re feeling stuck right now, it can seem overwhelming to dig yourself out. Heck, it took me ten years to dig myself out of the rut my last marriage left me in. But, if I can do it, you can do it. Recognizing that big change is possible through a series of small, but intentional, actions is the first step.