Cultivating a Healthy Mindset

It takes time to change your mindset. If you have a long habit of cultivating negative thoughts or seeing what you can complain about, it’s not like flipping a switch. There are numerous opportunities to practice cultivating a healthy mindset. It really comes down to the everyday things. It takes a lot of work and dedication in the beginning. The more you practice, the more naturally it will come. You have to remember that you’re reversing the process. So if you’ve thought a certain way or looked at things from a particular perspective for years, you have to remind yourself every day of the new mindset you’re cultivating.

You might want to set an intention for the day. Once you’ve set your intention, come up with a quick way to remind yourself of it as the day goes on. That way when you’re faced with an opportunity to cultivate a healthy mindset, you’re reminded that this is how it’s done. I’m a big fan of mantras and affirmations. I love to make my own but in the beginning, my mindset was so negative I didn’t know where to start. You can google affirmations by just searching “affirmation for…” and then complete it with a word summarizing your intention. When I found myself struggling during the day or falling into my old habits, I’d repeat the mantra of the day to myself.

I’m not going to lie, this was very hard work and I didn’t have instant results. More times than not I found myself remembering after I’d finished a negative thought that it wasn’t cultivating what I wanted. That taught me to be patient and compassionate with myself because there were plenty of opportunities throughout the day to try again. After I caught myself after the fact enough times, I was eventually able to catch myself mid-thought. That was progress! Over time, I was able to reroute my thoughts from the negative track they were on to something more healthy and positive. I know it’s not easy but it’s worth it. It’s never too late and you have to start somewhere. So why not start today, right now? Set your intention for the rest of today, come up with an affirmation or quote you can take your mind to, and focus on cultivating the healthy mindset you desire.

As always, sending lots of love your way!
Niki Meadows
Former chronic negative thinker turned women’s life coach

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19 Replies to “Cultivating a Healthy Mindset”

  1. I love this post! I used to be a chronic negative thinker too and each time I was faced with a difficult situation I was ready with a negative ending all set up in my head. My friend actually highlighted to me that I always used to complain about something, every single morning I woke up I would send her a message and complain. Since the day she told me that my life has changed. I’m more cautious of what I think and tell myself and what I let out into the world.

    Last year I managed to accomplish so much thanks to a healthy mindset. I hope a lot of people get to read this piece. A positive mindset is the best thing anyone can ever do for themselves.

    MaKupsy |

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! Cultivating a healthy mindset is crucial. I didn’t realize how much my thoughts impacted my life until I started cultivating a healthy mindset. I’m so glad that your friend had the courage to say something. How amazing is it that you received what she told you and it started the journey of you changing your life? I’m so glad that you’ve experienced the power of a healthy mindset. May you surprise yourself with the progress you make this year! May this reach those who need to see it. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience ❤

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  2. Hey Niki, I enjoyed reading this! I the mind is a powerful thing, once your mind is in the right place everything will follow! I actually nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award, I’m excited to read your take on this. I always enjoy reading your posts, they keep me uplifted and encouraged to always work on being better. Have a good Friday, and and a great weekend!

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    1. It’s funny because many years ago I wouldn’t have believed it. I had to experience to see it. I thought it was just “fake it til you make it” or motivational hype. I’ve been checked and humbled because changing my mindset has changed my life!

      Aww thank you so much. I really appreciate you thinking of me, it means a lot to me. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m always so thankful when a post resonates with someone. Have a wonderful weekend! ❤

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  3. Great post. It wasn’t easy learning how to change my mindset. I had a very negative childhood, and it would have been easy to spend the rest of my life bitter and cynical.

    But one day, I realized these negative experiences weren’t affecting my present and future. My mindset was. And I changed.

    Have a wonderful weekend full of sunshine and smiles.

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    1. I hear you. That’s a tough pill to swallow. Once I realized that things beyond my control inflicted pain but I was the one who held onto it… that changed my life. It was hard to accept because I was a blamer. I always wanted to have a clear sense of who was at fault but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. I had to learn to accept responsibility and be accountable for the way I processed it and moved forward. It has been incredibly liberating. Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful wekend yourself! ❤


  4. It is awesome, that with a little practice, we can rewrite our thoughts. It is even more awesome that you have done so.
    It has come to my attention that thought writes a lot of things. They are actually creative in nature (as in actually creating changes in nature around us) and influence our present and future. Thoughts call the future that we walk into into being. The material world assembles before us one thought at a time.

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    1. So true! I didn’t used to believe that but once I started paying attention I realized it was true. In my case I was creating a future and life I didn’t want. Although it wasn’t easy, I learned how to start creating one I did. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a wonderful weekend! ❤

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  5. This post is so relatable. I’m trying to change my mindset into positive one but I’m find myself slipping into old patterns. Continuously referring back to affirmations when im feeling negative or find myself complaining would be helpful. Thank you 💜

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