Is Your Negative Mindset Holding You Back?None By Homaira Kabir
Habits are powerful in bringing about lasting change. In fact, studies show that instilling positive behaviors that move us in the direction of our goals helps us produce the results we want.
However, this is easier said than done. Sometimes we just can’t get around to changing our behaviors, despite the best intentions. There's a reason for that—our large and subconscious mind. Our behaviors are the consequence of our thoughts, the inner chatter that happens largely out of conscious awareness. When this inner discourse is unhelpful and inaccurate, it can sabotage the best intentions.
By becoming aware of our self-talk, we can identify errors of judgment and change our mindset so that we break free from self-defeating patterns of behavior.
Can you identify yourself in any of these four most prevalent negative mindsets?
The Pessimistic Mindset
We know that pessimism is about seeing the world through gray-tinted glasses. As a consequence, we fail to appreciate our strengths and qualities and develop low self-worth as a result. We also see others as highly capable in comparison and close down in shame, which leads to depression. And we see the future as gloomy, blinding ourselves to opportunities that would bring out the best in us.
The Fix: Practice Self-compassion
Research has shown self-compassion to be one of the best interventions for pessimism and low self-worth. Self-compassion is not about self-pity. It's about recognizing that the present moment is tough, and providing ourselves with the understanding we need. In this simple act, w