Daily Happiness Practices: Part 3 of 3
This week’s strategy is arguably the single-most effective of the three. But it’s also the most challenging, because we have to go inside and get mindful about mindset.
So why does mindset matter?
Quite simply, your mindset — and, in particular, your perceptions and beliefs — create the template from which you see the WHOLE world.
Or, as I sometimes say:
Just like wearing glasses, your beliefs are the lenses through which you see everything.
Now, granted, mindset strategies are a little more abstract and challenging than eating well or connecting with your friends to feel awesome.
And that’s exactly why they’re so powerful.
So, to make this idea a little more doable and concrete, here are a few practical ways to incorporate mindset care rituals into your day.
Daily Happiness Practices, Part 3:
Choose Your Beliefs
REST your mind for 2 minutes minimum, with meditation, yoga, prayer, deep breathing, stillness or other sacred practice,
Take 100% RESPONSIBILITY for your feelings, thoughts and actions, so that you see your own power in every situation, and
REPURPOSE your energy into the thoughts feel good.
To close the end of the series, here are a few extra tips:
On resting: avoid using TV, video games, or anything else that gives your brain something to do. Instead, try something that gets you to your core.
Think “mindful rest,” not “mindlessness.”
On responsibility: this is one I often get pushback on! Sometimes clients say, “so, what if you’re in a situation where someone else has done something really rude, hurtful or just wrong?” I hear you!
But taking “100% responsibility” here isn’t excusing someone’s bad behavior. It’s simply monitoring yours in response to it.
When you do this, you keep control over yourself and, hence, some control over the situation. (Note: this feels especially awesome if you’re Type A).
On repurposing: this is a simple, but not easy, tool. It requires mindfulness, discipline and practice. But take a moment and think, truly, about a child’s laughter, or your favorite place, or the best yoga class ever. Yum, no?
This simple repurposing shifts your internal gears, helping you drive down a more enlightened road.
I challenge you this week to choose your beliefs wisely and, accordingly, to see the road you are choosing to travel.