In this era, one of the most pressing concernsmany of us face, especially in the United States, revolvesaround matters of the mind. There are moments when I find myself ensnared by layers of negativechatter and mental chaos, brought on by memories of past interactions and experiences. It’s in thesetimes that I realize how easily we can box ourselves in, based on outdated expectations and notions ofself-worth or adequacy. As I often say,“We all hold ourselves hostage in boxes created from pastexpectations littered with thoughts of not being good enough or worthy enough to chase after ourpassions.”Such self-imposed traps dim our inner light and suppress our dreams, breeding morenegativity in our lives.In my weekly Apple Podcast show, Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women in Business (and a few bravemen), I always stress the significance of not just thinking outside of the box but shattering that boxentirely.So, if you’re caught in a spiral of negative thoughts, here are three strategies I swear by to shift yourmindset:1)Be in the Moment.When you catch yourself slipping into negativity, snap yourself out of it. Use ananchor word or phrase, something unique and catchy. I like “Caught and released.” It’s a way toacknowledge the thought and give myself the push to move on.
2)Move It!Whenever those pessimistic thoughts creep in, shake them off by physically moving. Standup, leave that space–whether it’s your desk, room, or office, and take a quick2–5-minutewalk. Whileyou’re at it, reaffirm positivity within. Speaking life over yourself is key. No need to say it out loud, justbelieve it.3)Listen, then Laugh.Let that negative thought linger just for a second. Ask yourself: Are you scared?What’s the worst-case scenario if you act or don’t? Most of the time, it helps to just laugh it off. A simplechuckle and smile can disrupt the pattern and alter your mindset in mere seconds. Even if it feels odd,it’s about changing your perspective.While there are numerous other tips and tricks to counter such thoughts, starting with these simple yeteffective strategies can spur the momentum you need. Remember, it’s not about how many strategiesyou know but how consistently you apply them. It’s this consistent effort that truly brings about changein our personal and professional lives.
I understand that sometimes it’s tough to see the humor or lightness in situations that weigh heavily onour minds. But, if we adjust our view and understand the bigger picture, many of these concerns seemtrivial and even laughable.If you ever find yourselfstuck in a loop of negativity, don’t hesitate to lean on these techniques.Implement them every time those thoughts resurface, and soon enough, you’ll witness a transformationin your approach and an influx of positivity in every facet of your life.