Do you want to have more mindfulness in your life? Mindfulness practice does not need to take a lot of time. Sometimes it is as easy as setting a few minutes aside for breathing, journaling, meditating , or drinking tea mindfully. It can also be your approach to everyday situations that you face in your life. Getting your mindset engaged is the first step, and here are some tips to get you there.
Remove Negative Words and Phrases
One of the first ways to get yourself in a mindful mindset is to remove negative words and phrases from your daily life, also known as the inner critic or critical voice. Try noticing your self-talk and avoid words like should, can’t, won’t, or may. These are words are defeating and they can have a negative effect on your mindset.
Work to notice when negative thoughts pop into your head in your daily conversation and in how you handle speaking to others. When negative words flow through your head, acknowledge them, but then allow yourself to adjust them. Monitoring your self-talk dialogue is an important first step to quiet the critical voice.
A Set-back Is Not A Failure
Unfortunately, many people approach a goal without the belief that they can really do it. On any journey, moments of not reaching micro-goals happen, but this is not what should be deemed failure. Set backs are not failures. Giving up is failure.
The truth is, YOU have the power to set your intention to succeed. You can move forward to reach your goal regardless of the obstacles in your life. This means that failure along the way might happen, but that is not what should be the focus.
One of my favorite quotes is “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal” – Henry Ford
Make sure you are focused on your goals, the path you are going to use to get there, and that you are monitoring your self-talk and keeping a check on the inner-critic.
Find happiness every day. This may sound very rose colored glasses happy talk, but the truth is there is something to the process. Everyone has tough days, but the problem occurs when several build up in a row, without being able to see the good. It can set you up for a stream of doubt and negative self-talk.
Instead, try to make it a point to acknowledge one good thing every day. It could be anything from a good cup of coffee to being thankful for your soft blankets to end the day.
By incorporating these tips on your mindfulness journey, you can refocus your mindset when life gets tough, and get it on track. Keep in mind, mindfulness is ever growing and a journey instead of a last stop.