Someone asked me the other day “how are you so damn happy all the time?” That definitely made me laugh, but it also was also really nice to hear. I haven’t always been as happy as I am now. I went through a rough period in my life where I wasn’t very happy – I hated my job, I was depressed and didn’t know what my purpose was in this world (I knew I was meant for something bigger than just sitting in a cubicle 8 hours a day for 40 hours a week). But when I made the decision to change my mindset, everything else in my life changed as well.
We are the creators of our own reality. We have the ability to choose our own paths and make our way in this world, but we have to be the ones to make that decision for ourselves. I am huge believer in the power of mindset, and how it can completely change your daily thoughts and attitude from one of scarcity to one of gratitude and positivity.
The universe responds to our frequencies. It doesn’t recognize our personal desires, wants or needs. It only understands the frequency in which you are vibrating at. Everything we interact with has a vibration or a frequency that impacts us in a certain way. People who always complain, are negative, and make up excuses, operate at a low frequency. If you are vibrating in the frequency of love, joy, positivity and abundance, you are going to attract things to support that frequency.
It’s like tuning into a radio station. You have to be tuned into the radio station you want to listen to just like you have to be tuned into the energy you want to manifest in your life. If you are looking to bring more joy and happiness into your life, here are 10 easy ways to create and maintain a positive mindset:
1. Create a gratitude practice
We have so much to be grateful for, and when we focus on abundance, we will manifest more of that in our lives. Create a gratitude journal and make it a daily practice to write down all the things you are thankful for. Or make it a habit to tell the people in your life how much they mean to you. You will slowly start to see shifts in your happiness when you express gratitude for the things you have and are grateful for, rather than focusing on what you don’t have.
2. Write down and read affirmations out loud every day
There is so much power in writing “I Am” statements and then actually reading them out loud every day. I am strong. I am powerful. I am successful. I am abundant. I am a magnet for miracles. I am enough. Create these powerful thoughts about who you are, who you can be, and what you can do and let your subconscious hear them consistently. Our brains have the ability to be rewired. Just like when you listen to a song on repeat and know the lyrics by heart for the rest of your life. Let your brain hear these thoughts out loud and you will start to see small, gradual shifts in your mindset and what you know to be true about yourself.
3. Get moving!
I know that I am a happier and better person overall because of my yoga practice. Your health is the foundation for everything in your life, and exercise in any shape or form is SO important for your mind and your body. I am always in a happier mood after I get in a good sweat. If yoga isn’t your thing, try running or boxing or weight lifting, or dancing…anything that will get your blood pumping!
4. Find the things you are truly passionate about
What would you do if money were no object? What are the things you are most passionate about? Or on the flip side, what are the things you would most like to change about the world? Whatever it is, follow your purpose. If you are unhappy with your job or anything else in your life, know that you are NEVER stuck! Don’t let anyone deter you from going after your passions – especially those who were too scared to go after their own dreams. If you can think about, you can achieve it.
5. Let go of the fear of judgement
Seriously. Stop being afraid of what other people think of you. Are you going to let your dreams go to waste because you are afraid of being judged? To be honest, most of the time people really don’t care as much as we think they do. Stop listening to the fictional stories you made up in your head about negative things that are going to happen when you go after your dreams. They are not true. The only limits that exist are the ones in your mind. You are a beam of bright light and have so much to offer the world. Don’t hide it because you’re afraid of what other people will think. Plus, when we allow our light to shine, we give others permission to do the same. Be the reason someone else lets go of their fears today!
6. Be mindful of how you spend your time and who you spend it with
Surround yourself with people who lift you up, support your vision, and are on the same level as you. Stop hanging out and following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Remember your diet is more than more what you eat. It’s what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, the people you hang out with, etc. Be mindful of the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually and physically.
7. Manifest your dream life and take action
Sit down and imagine your highest and most successful self in 10 years. What does this person do? What kind of life do they live? What kind of daily habits do they have? What does their bank account look like? Now think about small actions you can take every day to become and truly embody that person. I keep a list of all my 10-year goals taped to my wall in my room. I look at it every single day and read the list out loud to remind myself of my direction.
8. Invest in yourself
If the last 4 months of quarantine have taught me anything, it’s that we are all disposable to our jobs at the end of the day. If you are going to pour your heart and soul into something, it should be your damn self. Also know there are lots of free trainings, programs and webinars available on the internet for all topics of interest. Investing doesn’t always mean money! Never stop learning and growing.
9. Know your worth
Don’t be afraid to say no to opportunities that do not match up to what you know you’re worth. This could look like taking job opportunities that are not fulfilling or don’t match to your standards, undercharging for your services, surrounding yourself with toxic people who make you feel less than, etc. You don’t have to wait for someone to save you – stand up for yourself! You have so much value to offer the world. Do not let anyone devalue you or make you question yourself!
10. Be Mindful of how you talk to yourself
When we say something to ourselves over and over and over again, we start to believe it. If you are always talking badly about yourself, you are going to start to believe it. We talk to ourselves more than we talk to anyone else. There is a saying that what you plant is what will grow. Are you planting seeds of negativity in your brain by talking bad about yourself, calling yourself stupid or dumb? Are you questioning your own abilities and constantly saying I can’t? Or are your planting seeds of positivity, and saying I AM affirmations? Believing in yourself and your dreams? The choice is yours.
How do you create and maintain a positive mindset? Let me know in the comments below!