Change Your Mindset – Change Your Life

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Has there been a point in your life when you became painfully aware of the need for change?  It might you need to increase your sales production.  Or has the doctor advised you that if you didn’t lose weight, eat healthier and/or begin an exercise program, your chances of living a long and healthy life would be slim to none.  Or maybe it was when you received a call from the bank that your loan was denied,   you discover your credit score had plummeted or a notice of non-sufficient funds in your bank account comes in the mail.

The first “something” you must change is your mindset.  You may have heard “Change your mind, change your life….”.   I believe transformation happens when you change your MINDSET, or your habits of thinking.

Change your mindset

In his book “The War of Art”,  Steven Pressfield labels the enemy of our success when we are seeking positive change as “Resistance” (with a capital “R”).  Pressfield says, “Most of us have two lives.   The life we live, and the un-lived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance”.

If you have ever made a decision which would, if carried out completely, result in positive changes to your business, your family, your finances, or your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health, you have encountered this enemy called “Resistance”.  You might also recognize some other aliases for this  enemy…….

Fear.  Procrastination.  Apathy.  Chaos.  Impossibility.  Insignificance.  Broken promises.

In my own life, changing my mind was not easy.  I had to develop a WARRIOR MINDSET to win the war against  “Resistance” and overcome obstacles and challenges in my life and business.  But what is a warrior mindset?

Breaking the two words apart, a warrior is a person who shows “…..great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness and who has been engaged in warfare……”, while mindset is defined as “……a habitual mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations….”.

Therefore, a warrior mindset can be defined as habitually thinking courageously and being fully engaged on a mission with purpose and focus, even in the face of adversity (or warfare).

I believe Pressfield was right, and I think it is something we all know deep in our heart of hearts.  There is an enemy that stands between the life we are living and the successful, unlived life within us – our true destiny.  Stay tuned over the next few weeks on how you can develop a warrior mindset.  I will be sharing some of the “artillery” you can utilize when fighting for success in your life and business.

What about you?  Have you ever encountered the enemy Pressfield labels as “Resistance”?

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  • Sherri Roach

    Change is good, you definately have to change your mindset to overcome the resistance.

    • Louise Thaxton

      Yes you do, Sherri!

  • Dee Boyt

    I have found ( am still finding) that the battlefield truly is in our minds. I like that definition of a “warrior mindset.” Our habitual mental attitudes will make or break our success in all areas of our lives. I am eager to hear what “artillery” you have to share with us!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      You are so right, Dee! The battlefield is in our minds – habits of thinking CAN make or break – hope all is well with you, my friend!

  • Edgar DeJesus

    I meet with him/her (resistance) every time I’m on to something big or great. I just remind myself of a quote I once heard:

    All of our dreams can come true if we have the COURAGE to pursue them- Walt Disney

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Edgar – I do also! He is at every turn and corner. We just need the courage to BREAK THROUGH the resistance!

    • Brian Gardner

      This can be a quote for just about anything. It takes courage to accomplish many different things. For example, if you are training for a marathon, you have to have the courage to get off the couch and start running. Another example is the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of OZ, he was already courageous, the only problem he had was he didn’t believe in himself. So the resistance he was facing was himself.

  • Brian Gardner

    Even when you hit resistance you have to have a mindset that you will overcome this resistance. Otherwise you will hit a wall.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      That is so right, Brian! You are an OVERCOMER!