6 Powerful ways to build and develop a strong mindset
Ever listened to how some people talk and think and then ask yourself why they think like that or what kind of mindset they have? Well, it might not be a strong mindset, and it shows in words and actions.
Did you think that college graduation was the end of the learning process or beginning? Answer this question, and your answer will tell you whether you have a growing and strong mindset about things or your mindset has been fixed.
Developing a strong-willed mind, and a growing mind is a necessity in the world today, as the world keeps changing, evolving, and growing, and you need to grow and educate yourself accordingly.
This article is written on 6 of the most powerful ways to develop a strong mindset, to help you grow both intellectually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
There is a quote that says, ‘if you’re not growing, you’re dying and this is so true. As you learn and grow, your mindset changes.
You see the world differently, interact differently, and carry out your duties differently. You realize that there is more out there than you ever thought, and with your head set straight and held high, you go for it.
Let this article provide so much value for you, and give you some ways to grow a strong mindset. Take baby steps and don’t try to do it all at once, because that can be catastrophic.
Take your time, every single day, learn something new and do something that will grow you further.
Grow yourself, grow your mindset and set an example for the people around you to emulate your footsteps, and follow.
And with that, here are 6 of some of the most powerful ways to build, develop and grow a strong mindset.
6 Sure Ways to Build and Grow a Strong Mindset
Practice and Use Positive Words of Affirmation
When you think about positive words of affirmation, you may think that it’s just some stuff people spread on the internet telling you that you should say how good you are.
And although it does involve talking to yourself, it’s much more than that. When you say positive words of affirmations to yourself, you aren’t just saying the words.
Instead, you are telling yourself who and what you believe you are. Your brain doesn’t know the difference, so telling yourself things like ‘I am Beautiful’ ‘I am confident’ makes your brain believe that,
And in turn, you will be those things. This is a powerful way to build a strong mindset because you are talking to yourself with emotion, and I’m sure you know what happens when your emotions come to play.
Every day, when you wake up, go to your mirror, look at yourself, stand straight with your shoulders backward, and talk to yourself.
Tell yourself all the things you want to hear and believe that you have. Say it and believe what you say.
If you don’t do this, your process of building a strong mindset will be bland and no words you say to yourself may manifest.
Grow a Strong Mindset by Taking Risks and Putting Yourself in Challenging Situations
Let’s get one thing out of the shadows.
‘Your comfort zone is not so comfortable, and it can kill you’
No truer words have ever been spoken, and you do not expect to build a growth and strong mindset, by sitting in your comfort zone.
This article should be your sign to get off your couch and out of your comfort zone, into the field, and doing things that will scare you.
The key to this is starting small. I’m not saying you should go skydiving out of the blues, but going out and meeting new people will be a good start.
Try striking up conversations with people, and if you are always going to a bar, try going to a sports stadium this time.
Or try to join a local volunteer group. You will meet new and interesting people, all with different points of view which you can learn from.
People can encourage you to learn more and grow and in the process, develop a strong mindset that will not be so hard to break.
If you see reading as boring, try picking up a book, any book. Start with a magazine, newspaper, etc. to get your mind into the mood and feel of reading.
Then pick up a book that you may enjoy and go through it. Baby steps are important. Probably after doing this and a few more things that get you out of your comfort zone, then you can go skydiving.
Who knows, it may not be as scary as you thought, and will be a memorable experience that you hold in your heart deeply.
Grow, build, and develop a strong mindset by leaving your comfort zone. Truth be told, it’s not as comfortable as you might think.
Create a sense of Purpose for Yourself
You have only one life to live, and the truth is you do not know when you will leave the world.
So, instead of pondering over thoughts like that, set a purpose for yourself in this life, which you will be proud that you lived.
A famous saying goes like this, ‘a man without a purpose is just a man waiting to die’ and it is true.
You have just one life, so why waste in on things that do not matter. Set a purpose for yourself.
What do you want to achieve? No matter how big or small it might be, set a purpose for yourself. This way you have a goal you are working towards, a destination that you want to reach, and a plan. You are living your life, and not just being alive.
Is the purpose to build an orphanage for children? Volunteer to help people in need? Make a million dollars and build big businesses? Travel the world with your family? and so on.
Whatever the purpose is, set one for yourself, and live your life with that sense of what you want to achieve in your life.
Doing this breeds a strong mindset, and this is something that grows your mindset, without your knowledge.
You’ll probably see yourself seeing a new perspective of things, talking differently, and thinking differently.
A sure Way to Grow a Strong Mindset is to Stop Trying to Seek Approval From Others
This point is super simple.
‘Trying to get approval from everybody and wanting everybody to like you, is one of the easiest ways to failure.’
Not everybody will like you, and guess what?
Truth be told, you don’t need everyone to like you, and you don’t need to seek approval from others.
It doesn’t matter what people say about you. When you decide to change, when you decide to be better and develop yourself, you will get some opposition. That’s a sure thing.
Albert Einstein said, ‘Great people have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.’
You want to be great, to be better, and you know how to get there. You will be opposed, and probably be ridiculed in one way or the other by people who will try to bring you down, because they don’t want you to get there, or try to tell you how hard it is because they tried and failed once in the process.
But do not let this get to you. You build a strong mindset by being yourself, no more seeking approval from that friend or family member, and going for the gold.
They may not understand or approve, and that’s ok. Not everyone will be with you when you start but as you go further, you will be an inspiration to them, and they will want to join you.
You know what you want right?
So, follow the Nike logo, and just do it.
Cultivate and Develop New Habits
You become what you repeatedly do. The daily routines you perform, both consciously and unconsciously, become a part of you, and those routines form habits.
If you decide to start reading a new book every month, it will seem hard at first, but that choice becomes a routine, and that routine forms a habit.
And your habits are physical and core pieces of evidence, whether you are building a strong mindset, growing, or simply waiting to die.
You know deep down the habits you have which are not favoring you. You are aware of what is bad and what is good for you, what is lifting you, and what is bringing you down.
Look at the habits you have and make a choice to start new habits.
If you drink a lot of soda, cut down on the amount and start drinking more water.
Do you spend frivolously and wonder why there are still days left at the end of your money?
Change your habits and learn how to budget and track your expenses. Take the first step in creating new habits by realizing you need to change your habits, and look for new and good habits to add.
The more good habits you perform daily, the more your chances are of building a better version of yourself, developing and strong mindset, and living a life filled with purpose.
To Build a Strong MIndset You Have to Embrace Your Flaws, Face your Failures and Be Confident
You need a growth mindset and a strong mindset right?
Well, these three things mentioned above should be in your head.
- Embrace your flaws
- Face your failures
- Be confident
All three takes time to build and accept and that’s ok. Remember the baby steps, that’s all you need to develop a strong mindset.
Embracing your flaws and realizing you aren’t perfect is key when it comes to your mindset. The act of positive affirmations we mentioned in the first point will help you embrace your flaws, your scars, and help you realize that you are stronger than you ever thought you were.
Say amazing and beautiful things to yourself and your mindset and how you see yourself, will change.
The first step to facing your failures is realizing you have made a mistake and taking responsibility for it. If you don’t like to take responsibility for your failures, or you always blame someone else or some external forces, then you need to quit it if you want to grow. Take responsibility for actions, look into what made you fall short, and realize that there is always room for growth.
When you do this, you set yourself up for success both in the short term and in the long run.
Confidence is something you build gradually. You aren’t born with confidence. But it is something you learn.
How? By getting out of your comfort zone and taking risks as we mentioned in point number 2. That is a sure way to build your confidence and develop a strong mindset.
All these three mentioned, help you grow your mindset, think differently, act differently, experience new people and new things, live your life and grow as an individual.
We hope this article has brought some light into your life and assured you that you are never stuck in your situation.
You can always change your beliefs, change your habits, the way you think, and more by simply changing your mindset.
And you change your mindset into a strong mindset by using any of the ways listed above. Take baby steps, one thing at a time, and grow daily.
Let your efforts compound, and in the next 5-10 years, you will look back and be proud of the person you chose to become and be proud of the choice you made today.
About the Author
Emmanuella Ndukwe-Obiukwu is a former Tennis player turned content marketer with a mission to educate and provide value to the world through her storytelling tactics in areas of Fitness, Personal Growth, and Lifestyle. You can find her on her website and more of her work on Medium.