New year, same you? You feel like no matter how hard you grind, you seem to be running in place. Inspiration is few and far between, and motivation is fleeting.
If this sounds like you, keep reading.
More than likely, your own thoughts are holding you back. But, don’t worry – you can put yourself back on track with your thoughts, too.
Shifting your mindset can shift your energy, shift your focus, and, ultimately, shift your professional path. It’s all about working through your thoughts so that they work for you instead of against you.
1. Stay Present
If you find yourself feeling unfocused and unmotivated, staying present is a great place to start! Your thoughts, if left undirected, can be a major source of distraction and stress. Instead, focus on channeling them to be a source of motivation and positivity.
Throughout your day, practice staying in the present moment. More often than not, the thoughts that pop up to sabotage your productivity are rooted in emotions from your past. Consciously stop yourself from dwelling on what cannot be changed, and rewire your mind to stay in the here and now.
When your mind starts to travel backwards, stomp on the breaks, put on the gas, and accelerate forwards instead. To do this, let go of “how things are/were” and allow yourself to think about future growth and the joy that will come with it. Redirecting your thoughts and energies towards opportunity will allow you to have the brain space you need to seize it.
Dr. Joe Dispenza nails this idea in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. He writes, “When feelings become the means of thinking, or if we cannot think greater than how we feel, we can never change. To change is to think greater than how we feel. To change is to act greater than the familiar feelings of the memorized self.”
Past emotions are in the past, and shouldn’t control your thoughts of the future. Staying present can help you focus on thoughts that will help direct you towards a big career shift.
2. Define Your Values
Pay attention to the things in your life that you place value, attention, and energy towards. How are these things, people, places, and ideas affecting your focus and your career path?
The biggest thing to keep in mind is that your values, if misplaced, can affect your entire mindset by putting you in a headspace of scarcity. If you’re only concerned with your finances, or if you value the grind 24/7 and only work to make money at all costs, you’re positioning yourself to feel like what you want is always out of reach.
Values can evolve over time, so if yours aren’t working for you right now, take some time to realign them with a higher purpose. Your values should reflect the things that matter to you most, and should put you in a place where you are working towards something that makes you feel fulfilled. This can be anything from wanting to help inspire people, wanting to be a good role model for your family members, and wanting to work creatively.
At the end of the day, connecting to your values should help give you the boost of motivation you need to keep grinding. They should center you, affirm your path, and help you push forward. If your values aren’t working for you, rework them until they do.
3. Practice Gratitude
Taking the time to stop and reflect on all the good happening in your life can be a huge motivator and mood booster.
Try keeping a gratitude journal. Every day, write down three things that you are grateful for. This list can include absolutely anything that sparks feelings of gratitude, whether that’s having a roof over your head, having the support of a family member or partner, or even something as simple as having a good cup of coffee every morning.
Do you notice any patterns in the things you write down? Are they tangible or intangible things? Do you find yourself listing something very often?
There are no right or wrong answers, but there is one thing to keep in mind: the big idea here is to focus on keeping your mindset geared towards abundance, rather than stressing and focusing on scarcity. With abundance in mind, you are opening yourself up to welcome even more good to come into your life.