Over the past few weeks I have been bombarded a lot with people making statements making clear what their mindset is. I went off on it with my live broadcast on Facebook today. And it impacts our lives as much as nutrition does.
The people I have the most respect for are those who know how to control their tongues. And when they talk about something that can be negative, they find a positive way to say it.
When mindset is brought up with many people I know I see 3 very distinct responses:
- These are the people I connect with as leaders and many of my friends.
- Realist: “I face reality and sometimes it’s very bad! And I tell it like it is.” “I’m just being honest.” I will RARELY allow people in my life who are realists. Frequently, they are in my life only for a limited time. And with them, I limit my conversations with them. Now, one thing about realists is that they are great at coming up with answers to problems. And that is why I don’t automatically kick this person out of my life.
- I kick the pessimist out of my life rapidly. Hanging out with someone who is negative is just not good for anyone.
How can mindset impact our health? Science has shown that a negative mindset can weaken our immune system and lead to major illnesses. It can cause depression. And depression causes major problems in marriages, as well as friendships, and every relationship you can imagine.
So, what can you do? Here are some suggestions:
- Practice gratitude. Write down 10 things you are grateful for every day.
- Watch a fun tv show or movie. Something that makes you laugh.
- Read some cartoons.
- Control who you have in your life. Remember that you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with.
- Get enough sleep.
- Follow a healthy diet.
- It reduces endorphins which will help with being happy.
- Say daily affirmations.
- Set goals that excite you. And reward yourself when you achieve them. Make some of them long term.
- If you are struggling financially, get creative and get an additional income.