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You’ve spent the last three days building a more positive mindset and identifying the risks that threaten to break it down. So today, Chad and Stephanie are going over how to protect the positive mindset you’ve spent so much time cultivating.
This is episode four of mindset week. If you haven’t had the opportunity, check out our interview with Shawn Achor. It informs a lot of the discussion for this week’s episodes.
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[1:20] Transform Your Lesser Emotions
- Everybody experiences negative emotions. None of us are so enlightened that we’ve totally managed to purge anger from our mind. What matters isn’t that you never experience anger, frustration, and envy; what matters is what you do with those emotions when they emerge.
- Remember that these negative emotions are, in their purest form, energy. Instead of redirecting that energy at yourself or those around you, transform it into positive energy that you can use to solve problems and make the world a better place.
[3:45] Model Others
- Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s also a great way to improve your mindset. Find someone who you look up to and model their behaviors and actions. Talk to them about what mental models they use to practice mindfulness.
- If you find someone who doesn’t acknowledge their models and mentors, it’s best to steer clear of them. These kinds of people usually turn out to be takers instead of the makers you want to associate with.
- “If you can’t admit where you’ve drawn inspiration, you’re probably not conscious of your imitation… and you have no idea where they’re leading you.” (4:50)
- “If someone can’t recognize or acknowledge the support they’ve received from other people… personally and professionally, I can’t justify doing business with [them].” (5:20)
[7:00] Talk Therapy
- Talk to someone about your concerns, goals, and feelings. It helps to be able to lean on people when you need advice and help and it feels even better to be the support for someone else.
- But make sure you understand that talk therapy isn’t just skimming the surface issues, you need to get deep into the issue at hand and speak with sincerity and openness to whoever you’ve chosen to confide in. The conversation should make you feel more connected and open to whoever you’re talking with.
- “If you’re not willing to make that type of investment in your relationships, they’re not going to get better.” (8:00)
[8:45] Immersion Therapy With Your Fears
- Face your fears and you may discover that they’re not as frightening as you made them out to be. You don’t have to go all in all at once, you can take things bit by bit and gradually expose yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be curious why they ever inspired a feeling of dread in the first place.
- Note: Mission Studios recommends you pursue any fear facing with the appropriate amount of caution and safety. Seek professional assistance if necessary. Mission Studios is not liable for any damage to life, limb or property caused by extreme cases of mindset protection.
[10:20] Lift Weights And Hit The Treadmill
- Exercise improves your mindset. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, as long as your body is up and moving. The feeling that comes after you’ve had a really great weightlifting session at the gym or at yoga class will inspire you to get done what you need to get done and improve your mindset in the long-term.
[12:40] The First And Last Thirty Minutes
- Your mind is at its most vulnerable (and most powerful) the first and last thirty minutes of the day. Take this time to set down your phone and laptop and meditate, exercise, read and reflect.