How to protect your mindset is my biggest issue of the week. After getting 2 inches of hair cut off, I actually worried over the decision. I have a tendency to want to make others happy, so I worried about what everyone was going to say about my new do! One of my goals this year was to protect my mindset and follow my heart. If I feel better about myself, then I can handle almost anything that is thrown at me.
As an adult, I should not really worry about letting other people into my head. In setting an example for my kids, I stand up for myself and make decisions that I believe are good for myself and my family. When I make decisions based on my gut and my experience, then I feel good about myself and my situation. We all make mistakes, which teaches us about life, makes us human and builds experience. If we all simply did what was expected of us, then we would have missed some amazing opportunities.
We are trained as children that we should make decisions that stay within certain cultural norms, especially as women. Staying within those norms is like letting other people into our decision making process. I was lucky enough to be taught as a teenager that my opinion did matter and that I could make a difference. I want everyone that reads this to know that your opinion matters and you can make a difference! We all have definite opinions about things, but I try not to force my opinions on others. I enjoy a healthy discussion, but don’t treat me badly because I do not feel the same way as you! Worrying about my new haircut made me sit down and decide how to protect my mindset.
As you know from previous posts, I am all about working on my mindset, which has helped make the rest of my life better. I have been busy at work and at home and have truthfully not been handling it very well. I have been stressed and tired and grumpy, but could not really see an easy way to deal with it. When I get like that, I start to second guess what I have been doing. The whole haircut thing made me step back and look at all of the stuff that has been going on. I asked how to protect my mindset and move back in that direction!
After weeks of being reactive, I am preparing for this week and the weeks ahead by being proactive. I scheduled some time for me to help with the stress. I know that there are a lot of things outside of my control, but I am striving to control the rest of it. The more reactive that I become, the worse that I feel and the more other people get into my head.
One small decision to cut my hair showed me how protect my mindset, making the next few weeks easier. Never ignore even a small sign, as it may be the first step in seeing the bigger picture. Always believe in yourself and your abilities and you will go far! If you feel out of control, step back, review and protect your mindset and work on what you can control. You can do this, just have faith in yourself because I have faith in you!