To start creating new habits, it’s key to identify some of the beliefs that might be holding us back from positive change, which we call limiting beliefs — and to shift to new ways of thinking that focus on what you can do, not what you can’t.
We have the ability to change and rewire the way our brain sees the world through an incredible process called neuroplasticity. When we practice a new way of thinking, eventually the new way of thinking will become stronger and more resilient than our old one.
Here are some Microsteps that will help you reframe your limiting beliefs to more positive ones:
At the end of each day, acknowledge one thing you accomplished.
Focusing on your wins, no matter how small, will pave the path toward a growth mindset.
When you’re stressed, think of a specific time when you overcame an obstacle.
Spreading humor and joy is a great way to transcend the challenges of this moment.
Once a day, challenge one of your own recurring negative thoughts.
If you catch yourself in a negative mindset, you can pause and view the moment through a different lens. You’ll build the mental muscle of reframing so it becomes your default.
Treat yourself as you would a good friend.
Reframing your negative self-talk can help you become more compassionate toward yourself.
Next time you reflect on a failure, ask yourself what you can learn from it.
Instead of blaming yourself or someone else, which is unproductive and can lead you to see yourself as a victim, ask what changes you can make or what skills you can develop to succeed next time.