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Raise Your Vibe – Simple Guide!

Have you heard someone talk about their vibe? or maybe you’ve heard the saying “that person gives me bad vibes.” The vibration or “vibes” can be felt by anyone.

We live in a vibrational universe, meaning everything – even the most physical, dense objects around us, when zoomed in on enough – are mostly space. Everything has a vibration.

Depending on what you’re interacting with – whether through thoughts, feelings, or actions – you’re either raising or lowering your vibration.

There are however, there are certain things you can do to raise your vibration fast. I’m excited to share these with you, so you can raise your vibration fast!

 

 

What happens when you raise your vibration?

Raising your vibration involves becoming aware your current level of frequency, and then consciously choosing to start living in a way that supports a higher vibration.

A high vibration equates to living in states of joy, love, gratitude, peace, fulfilment, and vibrant well-being.

By contrast, lower vibrational states can equate to living in judgment, shame, frustration, disease and fear.

Wherever you are on the vibrational scale now, there are powerful ways to raise your vibe and level up so you can start living a high vibe life in alignment with blessings the highest possibilities meant for you.

 

The difference between high vibration vs. low vibration

Our vibration emits a frequency out to the universe, and that energetic vibration is reflected back in our lives. This affects both; the short term and the long-term situations. Let me give you an example of each one:

Let’s say that you wake up one morning out of alignment and you are in a bad mood. You begin your day complaining about your coffee and the weather. If you do not shift your vibration, most likely your day will just get worse.

There’s a chance of you getting into an argument with the people around you, and you can pollute the people and the ambience everywhere you go. This is an example of a short term, because it is a one-day situation.

An example of a long term would be, you notice that you keep getting rejected on job interviews, and you can’t understand why since your resume is outstanding, you are more than qualified for the job, you have the experience and the skills; so why do you keep getting rejected?

Your energy has more power than you can even imagine. When you vibrate a high-vibration, positive and loving energy, you will receive that energy reflected back to you.

However, when you vibrate at a low vibration, you attract people and situations that are also vibrating at that level.

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Our energetic vibration is directly correlated to what we attract in our lives: the people that we attract, the situations that happen, the opportunities that arise, and all in between.

In order for us to be in our highest possible vibration to feel good, in alignment and to attract all the greatness and abundance into our lives, we have to do our part. It is a daily work.

The good news is that shifting and raising your vibration is easier than you think.

It is our responsibility to be aware of our energetic vibration, to know how to shift and raise our vibration at any moment, and to maintain a high vibration.

The good news is that shifting and raising your vibration is easier than you think. My goal is to give you the tools for you to carry them at all times, and to use them whenever you need them in order to stay in a high vibrational state. I want you to empower yourself by choosing YOUR vibration!

So, how do you shift your vibrational energy from a low vibration (anger, fear, anxiety, etc) to a higher vibration (joy, positivity, peace, gratitude)?

Here’s a simple guide of 7 tips to help raise your vibration:

 

Raise your vibe – Simple Guide!

Practice gratitude

Whenever you focus on gratitude you instantly shift your vibrations to positive. No matter what is going on in your life, you have the power to shift your focus to gratitude.

I also encourage the use of a gratitude journal – Every day write down or even just note in your mind at the end of each day, focus on everything you’re grateful for in your life and also how those things impact your life. Always aim for at least 3 things.

Here’s some examples from my own journal:

  • I am grateful for the increase in traffic to my website today
  • I am grateful for the nice walk I had with Jo and Alfie (the dog) today
  • I am grateful for seeing the twins today

Try to make your gratitude note specific to today. So rather than me writing I’m so grateful for everyone who visits my website. I would write, I’m so grateful for all of the people who visited my website today, and I’m especially grateful for the lady who took the time to leave a message saying how helpful my post was to her.

 

 

Pay attention to what you are consuming

As a vibrational being, you are impacted by everything you consume:

  • The information you process mentally
  • Things you ingest in your body
  • Products you consume
  • Products you put on your body
  • Items you use in your home

If you’re consuming a lot of information that is draining – whether scrolling social media or watching Netflix shows that are negative or depressing – this creates a change in your vibration.

Start replacing the things that bring you down with something that lifts you up: good books, uplifting music, creative projects, inspiring nature around you, as well as shows or documentaries that uplift and inspire you.

 

Practice meditation

There are so many benefits to meditation.  By simply concentrating on your breathing and being still for 10 minutes a day, you will notice an immediate shift in your soul.

The more you practice this and let the thoughts just flow in and out while you are still, the more attuned you will feel with your higher consciousness and guiding force.

When your mind is spiralling, reboot it through meditation. This is most effective when it is done consistently; a daily meditation practice is invaluable for setting the tone of your mental consciousness for the day.

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Dropping into deep stillness in meditation also gives you an opportunity to replenish your energy from the zero-point field of infinite possibility.

When you recharge from this place, you no longer need to “get energy from others”. You can cut away the need to engage in lower energy games that most of humanity is still entangled in – stepping back to observe from a place of higher Divine mind.

This raises your vibration which has an immense benefit for your life, but also helps you to ripple high vibe energy out beyond you to bless and benefit all.

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The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:

 

 

Practice mindfulness

When you put Mindfulness into practice your vibration will raise massively!

I can’t explain how much this practice has changed my life. When you’re mindful your life will transform massively.

By living in the present moment, you become at peace with your past thoughts and illusions made up in your mind.

Observe your thoughts, become at peace with them, take away the emotional attachment.

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When you find your mind wandering, revert back to the present moment.

The more you live in the present moment, the mind quickly loses control over you. The mind is a tool that should be working for you, not controlling you.

This takes a lot of practice, as your mind has spent so many years in control. The mind has been projecting its illusions on you all your life.

Purchase a book, research it on YouTube. The Mindfulness practice is life changing when used consistently and persistently!

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Want to find out how practicing Mindfulness helped me turn my life around? Then see below:

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Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:

I also recommend the following books to read:

 

 

Take in nature

When you ground yourself in nature, you discharge negativity, and even more importantly, you recharge yourself with the loving and nurturing energy from Mother Earth.

After grounding yourself you’ll feel renewed, refreshed, centred, and balanced. Whether you simply walk barefoot in your garden, or go to the beach or the wood, just get out in nature, allow yourself to be present by opening all your senses: see, taste, hear, smell and feel.

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If you live in a big city or work in an office, you may feel you don’t have much opportunity to connect with nature.

Nature time could be:

  • Spend time in your garden.
  • Walk around a park.
  • Go to the woods.
  • Plan your next vacation around nature time.
  • Visit a lake or river

This is also where crystals, essential oils and houseplants come in. You may want to bring little bits of nature with you and consciously tune into them at home.

 

Move your body

One of the best things to do to raise your vibration is without a doubt moving your body. Think about it: your body has been lethargic and lying down for 6-8 hours, your muscles are probably still sleeping and need to stretch.

Now, I don’t expect you to do a full 45-minutes workout when you’re still feeling sleepy and unmotivated, but if you force yourself to move your body (even with some low-intensity exercises) for as little as 10 minutes, it will be a game changer, I promise.

It’s been proven that working out in the morning – even with some light exercise – can boost your metabolism up to 22% for the rest of the day and reduce tremendously sugar cravings.

Moving in the morning will get your heart pumping, your metabolism to speed up, while also making you feel more alert and active for the rest of the day.

 

Create and say affirmations

Affirmations can go a long way in helping you retrain your brain and focus on the important things.  By repeating a phrase, you attract it and bring its likeness to you.

Some affirmations that will increase your vibration could be:

  • I’ve accomplished many great things
  • I always get what I need
  • I have a lot to look forward to
  • I am valuable
  • My life is rewarding and meaningful

The key for affirmations to make a difference and work is for you to believe what you are saying.  Also, by saying things in the present tense you are letting it be known that it is true for you.

Try repeating your favourite affirmation whenever you are driving or going to the bathroom. The more often, the better.

 

 

Raise your vibe – Final thought

I hope this list helps you to find a few ways to raise your vibration so you can begin living your best life.

Raising your vibration is an ongoing process, and there is always room for improvement. There will be times where you really feel like you’re getting somewhere, and then you slip back a few steps in response to an outside trigger or challenge.

Don’t worry when this happens, be patient with yourself, treat yourself with love and care, and refocus on the simple things you can do now to raise your frequency now.

Listen to your intuition, follow your heart, laugh, play, take good care of yourself and do what is right for you to respond to life with love. Keep moving in the direction of an increased vibration and remember to enjoy the journey.

There is a huge opportunity for growth available to you in this lifetime, which happens one moment at a time.

This list of vibration raising activities is a good place to start, but is by no means an all-encompassing list.

The key is to really pay attention, and make living with a high vibration a priority!

What are some ways that you have raised your vibration? We would love to hear your tips.

 

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Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Simple Guide!

Today I will be talking you through decluttering tips and tricks.

Modern life is busy. Or at least it has been until the last few weeks. Does your diary typically brim with appointments? Does your smartphone ping every few minutes with app notifications? Are your cupboards overflowing with stuff?

As the world slows down as a result of the Coronavirus, now is the ideal opportunity to take stock of what really matters.

Most of us are guilty of owning too many unnecessary belongings. As our homes creak under the weight of more inessential objects, clothes and clutter, it’s easy to see how the bustle of modern living has creeped into our home life. What many of us don’t realise is too much chaos and clutter can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. In fact, studies have found a link between people who live with clutter and higher levels of stress. Those who live with clutter are at greater risk of suffering depression.

If you want to improve your quality of life, have more energy and worry less, then the best way to start is by decluttering. And there’s never been a better time.

 

 

The benefits of decluttering

If you’re overwhelmed by the clutter and/or constantly looking after your stuff (picking it up, moving and cleaning it) then your home is probably feeling more of a burden than a joy.

There are so many benefits to decluttering your home. Clearing you clutter will lighten your heart and mind and create more time and space for you to do other things.

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Decluttering your home is just the first step to being able to simplify your life!

Here are just a few of the benefits you could start to enjoy:

  • More focus on what’s important: If you declutter your home, you’ll be removing all the stuff that you and your family don’t use, no longer need and get no enjoyment from.
  • More space: When you declutter your home, you end up with less stuff generally. It’s easier to look after what you’ve got left.
  • Easier to maintain: As it’s easier, it’s also quicker! Tidying the home and keeping it clean takes less time.
  • More freedom: Less time spent doing chores and looking after your home and the stuff in it, means you’ve got more time for other things which you WANT to do.
  • More time for what’s important: More time for being with your kids, your family, by yourself.
  • More energy: You’ll also have more energy to do other things because you won’t be worn out from playing catch-up with the housework, that constant battle against the toys or the dirty dishes and laundry piles that you’re sorting every evening.

 

Decluttering Tips and Tricks

Decluttering your home not only makes it easier to organise your possessions, the space feels calmer and more of a sanctuary, plus it is easier to clean. You also save time and money by knowing exactly what you own and where to find it. Once clutter is cleared, it leaves room for creativity so you could feel motivated to start new projects and achieve goals.

If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips and tricks to get you started on decluttering your home:

 

Think about your overall goal

Decluttering is often associated with minimalism – owning as few things as possible. While minimalism can be a great lifestyle choice, others enjoy owning more items and derive pleasure and joy from their possessions.

Before you start decluttering your house, decide what you want the end product to look like, so you don’t get rid of too much or too little.

 

Have a plan of attack

Don’t try to declutter your whole home in a week – you’ll exhaust and overwhelm yourself. Declutter in bite-size chunks of between 30 minutes and a couple of hours.

Divide a room into quadrants or focus on contained spaces such as a drawer, cupboard or shelf. Arm yourself with paper and a pen to make notes of ‘actions’ and designate rubbish, recycling and donation bags.

 

Start with ‘storage’ areas

Lofts, basements and garages are prime locations to stash something quickly to avoid dealing with it. If you’re serious about having a clear out, start with these areas first and then you’ll have enough space to store things that you actually need.

 

Break up the work

Decluttering is a big job, and setting out to tackle your entire house can leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused about where to start. Instead, break your goal into smaller goals that will help you achieve a sense of accomplishment along the way.

A great way to tackle the decluttering process is by making a list of your rooms and the order you want to work on them (for instance, your closet, your medicine cabinet, or your basement).

You can also list items by group and sort through them based on their grouping (for instance, your books, clothes, or knick-knacks).

Choose the first room or group of items you want to declutter and start small (think a shelf or a drawer).

 

Don’t over attach

Remember that memories aren’t in ‘things‘, they are inside us instead. Of course, it is important to keep possessions which remind you of a loved one or a particular experience, but you don’t need 50 of such things?

Taking a photo can help you hold on to the special memories or meanings attached to objects without taking up much space at all – you’d be surprised at how much satisfaction you can get from a two-dimensional reproduction.

 

Separate donations and rubbish

Before you start going through your things, set up a system where you have a clear place for items that you’re going to give away to a second-hand store and a rubbish bag for items you’re going to throw away.

Using this method allows you to organize as you go. It’s also a good idea to set up bins for current projects you’re working on, or for items you need to return to someone else.

 

Don’t worry about the price

You may find yourself looking at a lightly-used piece of furniture and thinking about how much you paid for it.

The price you paid for the item is a “sunk cost”- you’ve already paid the price for it, and keeping it around (or paying to repair it if it’s showing wear) won’t necessarily add more value to your life.

When deciding whether to keep something or get rid of it, release yourself from thinking about previous costs and encourage yourself to think only about the present and future – consider if keeping the item will positively impact your life.

If it doesn’t, it’s time to let it go, whether you want to sell it or donate it.

 

Get rid of duplicates

If you discover that you own multiples of the same item – for example, four different can openers- ask yourself if you need all of these items.

Did you buy a second one because you couldn’t find the first one?

If so, resolve to keep one in a convenient place and donate or sell the rest.

 

Pay special attention to surfaces

Flat open surfaces like coffee tables, countertops, home office desks, nightstands, laundry room counters, and even the tops of kitchen cabinets can be magnets for junk piling up – it’s easy to use them as storage spaces for everything from keys to rubbish to coins to old appliances.

If you’re noticing a lot of clutter on your flat surfaces, think of a way to organize your habits – for instance, placing a small, attractive “junk box” on your kitchen counter where you can throw your keys, wallet, and other smaller items when you come into the house.

 

Make your storage spaces beautiful

If you spend a ton of time meticulously reorganizing and decluttering your home only to store everything in unsightly cardboard boxes or shoe boxes, you may end up feeling like your house doesn’t look any neater.

When you start a decluttering project, get creative about your space and think of storage solutions to organise the items you’ll have left.

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Are there more attractive storage bins you can use for your items? Can you add shower rods or a clothes rack and hangers near the entryway to hang coats?

Can you add a bookshelf or cubby set up for shoes, kitchen items, books, or papers? Install DIY shelving on the wall to keep things from piling up on the counter? Add hooks to your closet wall to store items like purses and jewellery.

 

 

Set up natural declutterers

If you notice a “problem area” where more clutter than average accumulates, think of ways to avoid that build-up in the future.

Do you have a bad habit of letting junk mail pile up on the coffee table or kitchen counter? Set up a recycling bin right next to where you look at your mail, so you’ll naturally toss the junk before it has a chance to pile up.

 

Declutter regularly

Clutter will start to accumulate, even for vigilant homeowners who are consistently tidying up.

Rather than letting the clutter frustrate you, accept that it’s normal – and commit to occasional “mini-declutterings” and clean-ups (whether that’s once a month or once a year) to keep a mess-free home.

 

Less is more

Take a good look at the furniture in your home. Does it fit properly or would you be better off with more space?

It’s easy to acquire excess furniture and then procrastinate over the decision to let it go. The British Heart Foundation offer a free collection service for your unwanted furniture.

 

Ask for help

Sometimes the task of tackling decluttering on your own can feel overwhelming. Get family and friends involved to make it more enjoyable or enlist the help of a professional – they have the experience and ideas to help you make the most out of the space you have, the expertise to advise you on what to do with unwanted possessions and they can teach you to maintain the changes for good.

You can find an accredited professional in your area through APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers).

 

Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Final thought

So, what do you think? Are you ready to give your home the decluttering it deserves? Trust me when I say this will change your life! Less belongings mean less things to clean, organize, and put away all of the time.

I don’t know about you, but that is a huge win in my book! There’s so much less stress in a clutter free home.

Keeping a small home decluttered is absolutely essential. Clutter adds up so quickly! And by keeping your home decluttered is how you keep your home looking nice and sanity intact.

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The Difference Between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset?

We’re always striving for growth. Whether it’s a bigger house, a bigger bank account, or bigger muscles, more is usually considered merrier. However, with this constant quest for self-improvement and a bigger bottom line, one important factor can get lost in the shuffle: mindset. You may be gaining knowledge, but are you truly growing?

We’ve discussed mindset a lot in recent blogs, and with good reason. It is fundamental to everything we are trying to achieve – both as professionals and as human beings.

This is especially true when it feels like everything is in flux; from strategy to skill requirements to working arrangements.

How do you continue to thrive when it’s impossible to predict what tomorrow will look like? By adopting a growth mindset.

Being fixed in your ways and resistant to change will get you nowhere. Adopting a growth mindset, on the other hand, opens up a world of possibilities.

So, to help make this year one of growth and continue our focus, we’ll compare fixed mindsets and growth mindsets, before analysing how to apply a growth mindset to your professional life or just life in general.

Let’s get growing!

 

 

The Difference Between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset?

According to researcher Carol Dweck, there are two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. 

In a fixed mindset, people believe their qualities are fixed traits and therefore cannot change. These people document their intelligence and talents rather than working to develop and improve them. They also believe that talent alone leads to success, and effort is not required.

In a growth mindset, people have an underlying belief that their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. When people believe they can become smarter, they realise that their effort has an effect on their success, so they put in extra time, leading to higher achievement.

People with a fixed mindset always want to appear intelligent because they believe that they were born with a fixed level of intelligence that cannot be modified. These people have a fear of looking dumb to people because they do not believe that they can redeem themselves once other people look at them as being non-intelligent.

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In a growth mindset, however people believe their abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort, learning, and persistence. Their basic abilities are simply a starting point for their potential. They don’t believe everyone is the same, but they hold onto the idea that everyone can become smarter if they try.

A fixed mindset assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static given which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

A growth mindset on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of non-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behaviour, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.

You can watch a great TED talk with Carol Dweck on growth mindset here.

 

 

Identify your fixed mindset triggers

Before we explore ways to foster a growth mindset, it’s crucial to be able to spot your own fixed mindset triggers. Though the outcome will always be similar – lack of motivation, resilience, and personal growth – there are several mindset triggers people tend to react to.

It’s unlikely all of these will apply to you, but it would be surprising if none of them did. If you can’t pinpoint one of these triggers as affecting you, you may actually have a false growth mindset?

Having to work hard

Most people like to say they’re hard workers. But in reality, there is something society seems to value more: being “gifted” or “naturally talented.”

Did you ever feel proud when you did well on an exam without working too hard? If hard work is one of your mindset triggers, you may get overwhelmed by tasks that require a long, sustained effort – and you will be more likely to give up.

Another sign that hard work may be a mindset trigger for you is if you tend to compare yourself to others, and you feel discouraged when it seems like it requires less effort from them to achieve the same goals.

Note that if having to work hard is of your mindset triggers, it doesn’t mean that you’re lazy. It just means you have a self-limiting belief – that you think that no matter how much work you put in, some people are just more talented than you are.

Facing setbacks

Life happens. We get sick, we can lose a job, not sign an important contract, there can be an oversight, a mistake, an accident.

A challenge is intrinsic to what you’re trying to achieve. A setback is extrinsic. Let’s say you decide to go on a diet, but on the very first day, a colleague celebrates their birthday at work and you feel like you have to accept a piece of their birthday cake. With a growth mindset, this wouldn’t be a big deal – you’d just get back on track and forget about it. But if setbacks are a mindset trigger for you, you may stop the diet altogether because you feel like you have failed already.

Let’s look at another example: you promised yourself to go for a run twice a week. But it’s been raining all week – what a bummer. Running won’t be as nice with this kind of weather. So, you don’t go for a run. You basically let something like the weather derail your plans. In your mind, a setback is not a setback, it’s a roadblock.

Getting negative feedback

We don’t all handle critique the same way. Ok, let’s look at professional athletes. They get a ton of feedback from their coach. And sometimes, that feedback can be pretty harsh. But they listen, they learn, they apply the feedback and suggestions. The problem is that some of us struggle to separate our performance from our identity. If we didn’t do well, we think we’re not good enough. Think about how you react to critique – is it one of your mindset triggers?

Being challenged.

Being out of your comfort zone is one of the best signs you are learning and growing. Think about it – unless you’re getting stretched, chances are you’re simply repeating stuff you already know.

Some people are not comfortable being on the edge of their competence. If your mindset trigger is being challenged, it means that when you try to work on something and the solution you try doesn’t work, you believe the goal itself is too hard – and you may quit altogether.

Seeing success in others.

This is one people have a hard time admitting to. It has happened to me before. I would look at someone who was either more senior or had more experience, and I would compare myself to them.

It’s not a pretty emotion – I was basically feeling jealous. What my brain didn’t seem to really get, though, is that these people had been working at it for longer than me, and that there was no reason I wouldn’t get to a similar lever if I put in the effort too.

It can be intimidating to hang out with people who are more advanced than you in their journey – which is why it’s a mindset trigger for many of us.

You may be facing more subtle mindset triggers—for example, some people have specific mindset triggers when it comes to their siblings or their best friend.

But it’s very unlikely you don’t have any mindset triggers. So, take the time to explore your thoughts and your emotions so you can become aware of them. 

 

How to foster a growth mindset

As Carol Dweck said, there are two ways to look at the world: “In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.”

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When you have a growth mindset, the hand you are dealt is just a starting point for personal growth. By changing your vision of effort and failure, you can design a whole new approach to your life.

Convinced? Here are fifteen strategies you can use to develop a growth mindset.

Remember the concept of neuroplasticity

here is lots of research showing your brain’s structure is not fixed. Your mind should not be fixed either.

Appreciate the process over the results

It’s all about the learning process. Don’t worry too much about the actual result, make sure you learn as much as possible.

Acknowledge your weaknesses

Ignoring your weaknesses means that you’ll never manage to improve. Acknowledging and embracing your imperfections also means you know which ones you want to work on.

Cultivate your sense of purpose

According to Carol Dweck’s research, people with a growth mindset have a greater sense of purpose. Keep asking “why” and think about the meaning of your work.

Don’t say failing, say learning

Shift your vision of failure. If you fall short of a goal or make a mistake, don’t see it as a failure – make it a learning opportunity.

Value effort over talent.

Stop chasing the reputation of someone who is “naturally smart.” First, genius requires work. Second, you won’t be perceived as smart if you’re not willing to put the work in.

Consider challenges as opportunities

Challenges are an opportunity for self-improvement. Tackle them, and whether you succeed or fail, make sure to learn as much as possible.

Place growth before speed

It takes time to learn. Learning fast doesn’t mean learning well, and learning well requires allowing time for mistakes. Think realistically about time and effort it will require to acquire a new skill. Don’t expect to master everything in one sitting.

Do not chase other people’s approval

When you prioritise approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth.

View criticism as a gift

Related – don’t wait for constructive criticism. Analyse all criticism. Do not let it destroy you, see it as a useful data point.

Celebrate actions, not attributes

Give yourself a pat on the back when you did something smart—not just when you were being smart and relying on your previous knowledge.

Grow with others

If you have a growth mindset, you may want to share and celebrate your progress with others. Learn from other people’s mistakes, take risks with them. Don’t try to look your best, show how hard you’re willing to work and how comfortable you are with experimenting.

Take the time to reflect

Either once a day, once a week, or once a month, use journaling and metacognition techniques to reflect on your personal growth trajectory.

Cultivate perseverance.

Grit and determination will help you overcome challenges. Remind yourself of all the times you managed to deal with a particularly tough situation. You can do it again.

Use the “not yet” technique.

Carol Dweck says adding “not yet” to any fixed mindset statement is a great way to reframe your thought processes. When you’re struggling, just remind yourself that you haven’t mastered that skill…Yet.

There are probably more growth mindset techniques out there, but I think these will help you get the gist of it. Now, let’s have a look at the questions you can ask yourself to develop a growth mindset on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

Your mindset determines your success

If you have a growth mindset, you’re much more likely to be successful. Why? Because you have the drive, willingness, and overall foundation of belief to aim for bigger, better things.

If you have a fixed mindset, you’ll find yourself becoming stagnant, without the motivation to achieve anything greater than what you already have.

To quote Carol Dweck:

“For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

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A fixed mindset will lead you to avoid challenges because they can make you feel inferior. On the flip side, if you have a growth mindset you thrive on challenges. You’ll learn to stretch yourself, seek improvement, and grow personally.

If you have a fixed mindset, you’ll also be tempted to let one setback define you forever. A bad grade, a failure at work, a break up – you’ll feel like all these are definitive in your life.

However, if you have a growth mindset, you’ll take those setbacks and turn them into successes, learning from failure and bouncing back better than ever.

 

It’s all about mindset

Have you ever had someone say to you, “It’s all about perspective”? That’s what mindset is – the way you look at yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you.

If you have a growth mindset, you understand that the harder you work, the more drive you have, and the more optimism you use when facing the world, the more successful you’ll be.

Take a minute to consider yourself and your perception? Are you a fixed mindset person or do you have more of a growth mindset perspective?

Fortunately, you can change your mindset at any time you wish.

 

 

How can a person’s mindset change?

Just as someone can grow and develop their intellect, a person is also capable of changing brain functions and their thinking patterns.

Neuroscience shows us that the brain continues to develop and change, even as adults. The brain is similar to plastic in that it can be remoulded over time, as new neural pathways form. This has led scientists to identify the tendency of the brain to change through growth and reorganisation as “neuroplasticity”.

Studies have shown the brain can grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and improve the speed of pulse transmission. These suggest that a person with a fixed mindset can slowly develop a growth mindset.

According to Dr. Carol Dweck, you can change your mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. This is also supported by neuroscience studies demonstrating the malleability of self-attributes such as intelligence.

 

 

How to develop a growth mindset

Researchers have found that it is possible to promote a growth mindset by teaching students about neuroscience evidence showing the brain is malleable and improves through effort.

There are several ways to develop a growth mindset:

Realise that, scientifically, you can improve

One of the most direct methods of fostering a growth mindset is by understanding our brains are built to grow and learn. By challenging yourself with new experiences, you can form or strengthen neural connections to “rewire” your brain which, in turn, can make you smarter.

Remove the “fixed mindset” inner voice

Many people have a negative inner voice that acts against a growth mindset. Try to flip thoughts such as ‘I can’t do this’, to ‘I can do this if I keep practicing’ to nurture a growth mindset.

Reward the process

Although society often rewards those who achieve excellent outcomes, this can work against a growth mindset. Instead, reward the process and the effort exerted. One study by Dr. Carol Dweck showed that rewarding effort over results on a maths game improved performance.

Get feedback

Try and seek feedback on your work. When students are provided with progressive feedback about what they did well and where they can improve, it creates motivation to keep going. Feedback is also associated with a pleasurable dopamine response and enhances a growth mindset.

Get out of your comfort zone

Being brave enough to leave your comfort zone can help foster a growth mindset. When faced with a challenge, try to choose the harder option that will allow you to grow.

Accept failure as part of the process

Failure, setbacks, and initial confusion are all part of the learning process! When trying   something new, see occasional “failures” as positive learning opportunities – try to enjoy the discovery process along the way.

 

The Difference Between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset – Final thought

The growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and ability can be nurtured through learning and effort. Growth-minded people see setbacks as a necessary part of the learning process and bounce back from “failure” by increasing effort.

This mindset has positive effects on motivation and academic performance in students or in professionals.

The limited evidence from neuroscience suggests the brains of people with a growth mindset are more active than those with a fixed mindset–particularly in areas associated with error-correction and learning.

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100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes

Looking for positive growth mindset quotes? Want encouragement to continue to learn and improve?

This blog post will help you out. We have 100 of the best quotes about developing a growth mindset.

But before we dig into these quotes, let’s make sure we are all on the same page and understand the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?

Researcher Carol S. Dweck led a study thirty years ago to discover the underlying beliefs we tend to have about intelligence and learning.

Through this study, Dr. Dweck found out that there are individuals who have the understanding that we can develop our intelligence and abilities, that is, we can grow.

The individuals who possess this understanding were observed to bounce back better from failure, and Dr. Dweck described the attitude they possessed as “growth mindset”.

She also used the term “fixed mindset” to describe those who were devastated even with minor setbacks.

 

 

What is growth mindset?

Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University coined the theory of growth mindset. This theory categorises human learning and intelligence patterns into two categories – fixed mindset and growth mindset.

Fixed mindset is when individuals consider that their abilities and talents are constrained to a fixed set. On the other hand, when individuals believe that they can improve their abilities, intelligence and talents through their efforts, it is termed as growth mindset.

Theologians and teachers from ancient times have expounded on the inherent ability of the mind to grow and become smarter. But it was Prof. Dweck who first developed a structured theory on the characteristics of growth mindsets.

You can watch a great TED talk with Carol Dweck on growth mindset here.

 

 

Fixed vs. growth mindsets

According to Carol Dweck’s Mindset Theory, we all fall somewhere along a spectrum when it comes to our implicit beliefs. At one end, it’s possible to have a fixed mindset or an entity theory:

“A fixed mindset is when people believe their basic qualities, their intelligence, their talents, their abilities, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount, and that’s that.”

If your implicit beliefs fall at the other end of the spectrum, you have a growth mindset – incremental theory:

“(You) believe that even basic talents and abilities can be developed over time through experience, mentorship, and so on…and these are the people who go for it. (Dweck, 2012)”

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A fixed mindset can often be associated with negative feelings when individuals encounter a setback. If we fail to meet goals (say an A+ in a test or a promotion at work), we may feel inadequate – that’s all we’re supposedly capable of after all, innately.

Having a growth mindset, on the other hand, means we view our failures as “development points” and can work on them to succeed.

Perhaps for readily apparent reasons, Mindset Theory often gets applied in learning.

 

100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes

Read through the 100 growth mindset quotes below and, by the time you’re finished, you’ll feel like you’re ready to take on the world and that nothing can stop you.

  1. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière
  2. “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” – George Whitefield
  3. “Keep trying until you have no more chances left.” – Aimee Carter
  4. “Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.” – Paula Abdul
  5. “A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” – Ray Davis
  6. “Hope and change are hard-fought things.” – Michelle Obama
  7. “Everything happens for a reason and sometimes that reason is you’re not prepared for life today so just take a nap and try again.” – Nitya Prakash
  8. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  9. “Mistakes aren’t mistakes; they are lessons!” – Israelmore Ayivor
  10. “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw
  11. “If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead.” – Oswald Chambers
  12. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams
  13. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
  14. “It’s your game; make up your own rules.” Barbara Corcoran
  15. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela
  16. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – Unknown
  17. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
  18. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  19. “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” – Marilyn Monroe
  20. “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” – T. Harv Eker
  21. “Remember, you were created to be a champion and ready for any battle.” – Pernell Stoney
  22. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn.
  23. “The hugest pile of challenges and hardships will not hold back a needle of the clock.” – Roy A. Ngansop
  24. “Work hard now. Don’t wait. If you work hard enough, you’ll be given what you deserve.” – Shaquille O’Neal
  25. “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” – Christopher Morley
  26. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
  27. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry
  28. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock
  29. “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  30. “Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” – Ana Claudia Antunes
  31. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – Thomas H. Palmer
  32. “In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” Drew Barrymore
  33. “You don’t have to have a small fortune to achieve your dreams. You simply must overcome the obstacles that get in your way and be willing to triumph over your fear and take a leap of faith.” – Alicia Garcia
  34. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
  35. “The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.” – Lady Aberdeen
  36. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden
  37. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  38. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J. M. Barrie
  39. “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” – Anonymous
  40. “Believe you can…and you are halfway there!” – Theodore Roosevelt
  41. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
  42. “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr
  43. “You can’t stop dreaming just because the night never seems to end.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones
  44. “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell
  45. “In fact, stories of people of achievement often show that obstacles and struggles are the stepping stones to success.” – Michal Stawicki
  46. “Take up one idea, make that one idea your life – Think of it, dream of it, life on that idea.” – Swami Vivekananda
  47. “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” Oprah Winfrey
  48. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Captain Jack Sparrow
  49. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A.A. Milne
  50. “Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated.” – Bob Riley
  51. “Dream after dream comes true—or rather is made true by persevering effort.” – L.M. Montgomery
  52. “Dreams don’t work unless you do. “– John C. Maxwell
  53. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
  54. “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawford
  55. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  56. “It’s too easy to walk away quitter never wins so you should better stay look challenges straight in the eye.” – Z. Vujcic
  57. “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” – Vernon Howard
  58. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  59. “It’s the ability to resist to use failure that often leads to great success.”  – J.K. Rowling
  60. “Challenges are an opportunity to test you and rise to the next level.”  – Angelica Montrose
  61. “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
  62. “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller
  63. “Learn from the stories of people who faced challenges you haven’t yet experienced.” – Joanna Barsh
  64. “If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come get it.” – Marva Collins
  65. “Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton
  66. “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore Newton Vail
  67. “Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.” – Carol Dweck
  68. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” Beyonce
  69. “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.” – John Foster Dulles
  70. “Don’t be too timid and too squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” – Raulph Waldo Emerson
  71. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews
  72. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
  73. “There’s no such thing as failure, only results.” – Tony Robbins
  74. “Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant
  75. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney
  76. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Don’t Quit.” – Michael Jordan
  77. “Always do what you are afraid of doing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  78. “The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.” Gisele Bundchen
  79. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  80. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
  81. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
  82. “Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  83. “Smiling is a wonderful way to get a boost of happiness. The next time life presents you with a challenging situation, take a deep breath and smile.” – Morris Pratt
  84. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
  85. “Obstacles and challenges will arise no matter who you are or what you are trying to accomplish but it is only those who know there is a solution and keep digging until they find it that will conquer the day.” – Byron Pulsifer
  86. “To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.” – George Washington
  87. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” – Richard Bach
  88. “Sometimes, some people and some situations deserve a second chance.” – Germany Kent
  89. “Make sure life the best story ever written through a journey filled with overcoming obstacles, taking risks, and continuing to develop.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  90. “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer
  91. “You can use the stumbling blocks to build your success.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  92. “No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.” – Donald Trump
  93. “Sometimes, instead of climbing over the barricades, you’ve got to walk around them.” – Bono
  94. “If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.” – M.H. Alderson
  95. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron
  96. “It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness.” – Herbie Hancok
  97. “Your thoughts don’t make you who you are, your actions do. Be better than your thoughts.” – Bucky Buckbinder
  98. “Every defeat gives us a new opportunity to try again.” – Avijeet Das
  99. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon
  100. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes – Final thought

Success is not about the money earned but more about the growth in life. It is in the ability to quickly dealing with your problems.

You should learn to find a concrete solution and solve the problem at once, this will let you move on in life.

Now that you have the inspiration from these great thinkers and leaders, you can be a little more motivated when you’re trying to maintain a growth mindset in life.

Do you have a favourite growth mindset quote? Share it below in the comments.

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Growth Mindset Activities 

If you’re unfamiliar, growth mindset is a learning theory developed by Stanford University professor Carol Dweck. Dweck spent years researching success and failure, and came to the conclusion that how we tackle learning comes from one of two “mindsets”: fixed or growth.

Someone with a “fixed mindset” believes our basic abilities (intelligence, talents) are static. That is, we live with what we’re born with; we don’t have the capacity to learn and grow and change.

Someone with a “growth mindset, however, knows that the brain changes and grows when we use it. Learning is everything; our intelligence and talents can be developed and improved. When we encounter failure, we understand it’s an opportunity to learn.

For children, a fixed mindset sounds like this: “I’m not good at reading”, “I can’t draw” or “I’m bad at math”. They have a hard time recovering from a setback, and they’re hesitant to challenge themselves.

As adults, many of us do this too: “I’m too old for this”, “I’m not good with new technology”, or “I already know what works for me”. Sound familiar?

The good news? It’s not too late to develop a growth mindset – it just takes a little practice.

 

 

Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

According to Carol Dweck’s Mindset Theory, we all fall somewhere along a spectrum when it comes to our implicit beliefs. At one end, it’s possible to have a fixed mindset or an entity theory:

“A fixed mindset is when people believe their basic qualities, their intelligence, their talents, their abilities, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount, and that’s that.”

If your implicit beliefs fall at the other end of the spectrum, you have a growth mindset – incremental theory:

“(You) believe that even basic talents and abilities can be developed over time through experience, mentorship, and so on…and these are the people who go for it. (Dweck, 2012)”

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A fixed mindset can often be associated with negative feelings when individuals encounter a setback. If we fail to meet goals (say an A+ in a test or a promotion at work), we may feel inadequate – that’s all we’re supposedly capable of after all, innately.

Having a growth mindset, on the other hand, means we view our failures as “development points” and can work on them to succeed.

Perhaps for readily apparent reasons, Mindset Theory often gets applied in learning contexts, both in academia for students and in workplace coaching, leadership, or professional development.

 

Why is a Growth Mindset Important?

Choosing to have a growth mindset vs fixed mindset can help you pursue long-term personal and professional growth. Where a fixed mindset can make you feel like you are in a “talent race” with those around you, a growth mindset can motivate you to collaborate in order to achieve success.

A growth mindset can also lead to more open-mindedness, which fosters the ability to learn new things.

Like Carol Dweck explained, people with a growth mindset tend to take on challenges and stretch themselves to accommodate them, often committing to lifelong learning that supports their success.

 

 

Develop a growth mindset

Did you know that learning – at any age – has a profound impact on the brain?

That’s what the growth mindset advocates: challenge yourself with something new, and your brain will form newer, stronger connections.

As Dweck herself will tell you, adopting a growth mindset is all about embracing the power of “yet”.

You don’t know something……yet.

You can’t do it……yet.

Even as an adult, you’re on a learning curve and your effort, focus and perseverance are what will help you continue to grow.

That thing you’ve been wanting to learn? Do it! That course you’ve wanted to take? Start it!

It’s never too late!

 

Growth Mindset Activities

Cultivating a growth mindset starts with you. While you can binge growth mindset TED Talks or read inspirational growth mindset quotes, we’re here to show you another approach. An approach that will help you create some epic experiences.

 

Activity #1: Introspection

Introspection is a great method when you’re engaging in growth mindset activities. Take the time to reflect on your triumphs and challenges.

One growth mindset activity to take part in is the rose, thorn, and bud technique.

🌹 Rose: This part highlights a positive event. It can consist of celebrating the small victories, successes, and appreciating the moments that went well.

💥 Thorn: This is a setback or anything negative that may have occurred. Thorns focus on challenges and roadblocks that may have hindered any work.

🌱 Bud: This area refers to something you’re looking forward to in the future. This is an opportunity to explore possible outcomes and apply new learnings.

This growth mindset activity gives you the opportunity to debrief and flush out any lingering thoughts that may be brewing in your mind.

Part of developing a growth mindset is reflecting and believing that your outcome isn’t end-all. This exercise can help you shift from a fixed to a growth mindset.

Growth mindset activities are about pushing the boundaries. With a growth mindset you start to understand you have control over your own destiny.

 

Activity #2: Find the positives

Another way to start implementing a growth mindset is by putting a positive spin onto any situation. Merely changing the language can shift your mentality. Repeating positive affirmations and thoughts will brighten your overall attitude.

Try repeating these phrases to yourself:

  • I strive for progress, not perfection.
  • When I don’t succeed, I try again.
  • There is a way around this.
  • I wonder what this experience is trying to teach me?
  • I can learn from my mistakes.
  • I haven’t figured it out yet.
  • It’s OK to make mistakes.
  • This is not a dead-end.

A growth mindset operates on the idea of reframing thoughts from negative to positive. It takes ownership of your results and decisions, so you can achieve your goals.

We challenge you to practice restructuring your thought process to help you seek out growth opportunities.

Growth mindset activities not only include mental power but physical power too. Look into mediating as you transition into a growth mindset.

 

 

Activity #3: Mindfulness

A growth mindset isn’t just mental, it also requires a bit of a physical shift. The mind and body go hand-in-hand when evolving into a growth mindset.

While there are many ways to develop a growth mindset, try engaging in mindfulness activities. This practice weeds out any interpretation or judgment and allows you to focus on the present moment.

Try mindfulness activities like these:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Mediation
  • Walking
  • Stretching
  • Laying down

As simple as these tasks are, they can have a profound effect on the mind. While you’re walking, listening to your breath, or clearing your mind, take the time to focus on the task at hand.

Bring awareness to your thoughts and surroundings. Pursuing mindfulness activities can bring you new experiences and perspectives to familiar situations.

 

 

Growth Mindset Activities – Final thought

The list of growth mindset activities is abundant. Out of them all, there is no superior method to develop a growth mindset. The key is to find the methods that work best for you.

So, adopt the attitude to experiment and see what you like. After all, trying these growth mindset activities will develop your mindset to begin with.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

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Growth Mindset Meaning – Simple Guide!

Having a “growth mindset” has never been more important than now. The world is changing at an incredibly fast pace, and there are new challenges we must face every day.

Our way of life is changing, norms are changing, and we must keep up and adjust to all of these changes. This is why having a growth mindset is so necessary.

Growth Mindset” is a term you often hear within the world of education, especially when looking for ways to improve academically. But what exactly does it mean, and why is it so important to have a “Growth Mindset?”

 

 

Growth Mindset Meaning

I while ago, I came across the research of Professor Carol Dweck about how our Mindsets have a massive impact on motivation and, in particular, our motivation to learn new things.

Recent neuroscience has revealed some astonishing revelations about how our brains can be altered to shape intelligence.

The beliefs we hold about our intelligence can greatly impact on the language and behaviour we exhibit on a day-to-day basis.

If these beliefs are rooted in out-dated notions that the brain is static and does not change (what we are born with is our lot), this can greatly impinge on what we are able to achieve in life and how we think about ourselves.

From Dweck’s findings, she coined the terms Fixed and Growth Mindset. We are all a mixture of both. As the names suggest, a Fixed Mindset stems from the belief that the intelligence you are born with is fixed and cannot change, what you are born with is what you have.

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A Growth Mindset stems from the idea that intelligence can be grown as a result of specific, targeted actions of which we are in control. This is where the Mindset training becomes a tool of self-regulation and can help children to see the reasons behind taking particular actions for their learning.

Having a Growth Mindset is about progress and change. It focuses on the reasons why this action may not occur and what we can do to change that.

It goes without saying that everyone, not just professionals, should strive for a growth mindset. You have the power to climb mountains, brave storms, and ride the waves!

Now, let’s kick fixed mindset out and start developing a growth mindset!

 

Why is growth mindset important?

Implementing a growth mindset is important because:

  • It supports the development of resilience
  • It supports self-regulation
  • It helps us to recognise the importance of challenge, struggle, mistakes and failure in learning and innovation
  • It provides a means by which to tackle mental health issues which stem from a lack of belief in one’s self and one’s abilities
  • It supports the cultivation of creativity
  • It helps us to find courage and motivation which creates progress
  • It helps us to achieve more
  • It helps us to be happier and more satisfied

 

 

10 ways to develop a growth mindset

Now that you have an idea of what a growth mindset is, let’s dig a little deeper. We have compiled 10 techniques to help you unlock the growth mindset part of your brain. Let’s get started!

 

Reflect

Take time to acknowledge, reflect, and embrace all your failures. Becoming aware of your areas of improvement is the stepping stone in cultivating a growth mindset. Sweeping your weaknesses under the rug will only inhibit your ability to reach success.

 

Find your purpose

In a growth mindset TED Talk led by Charlotte Barber, the young speaker explains how fostering a “growth mindset with a strong purpose and a toned resilience muscle, you’ll find that there are always other ways to achieve your goals.” We agree. Take time to reflect and find your purpose.

 

Take on challenges

Part of developing a growth mindset is shattering the negative perception of a challenge. Embrace challenges and view them as fruitful learning experiences that you would not get otherwise. Elbert Hubbard once said,The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake.”

 

Foster grit

Grit is the ability to persevere through obstacles in order to reach a meaningful end-goal. Hold on to grit. It gives that internal push to keep moving forward and fulfil your commitments.

 

Incorporate “yet” 

Integrating the word yet into your vocabulary signals that despite any struggles, you can overcome anything. It’s a matter of time and little effort. Practicing growth mindset activities like yet starts shifting that fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

 

Write down goals

Growth mindset people are aware that once one goal is down, they have others lined up to pursue. Create clear, realistic goals based on your passion and purpose. And be sure to give yourself enough time to conquer them thoroughly.

 

 

Alter your attitude

Fixed mindsets tend to harbour negative, pessimistic, and no-can-do attitudes. Kick those thoughts out now. The power of positive, optimistic thinking can instantly shift your mood that not only inspires you but others around you as well.

 

 

Ask for constructive feedback

A growth mindset proactively sources out feedback from peers, friends, and leadership. It’s a chance to find lessons, learn from mistakes, and place efforts into skills that will help in the long run.

 

Practice mindfulness/meditation

Mental and physical activities are another piece of the growth mindset formula. Mediation, walking, or even stretching allows you to focus on the present moment, mediate on your surroundings, and brings clarity to a cloudy mind.

 

 

Appreciate the journey

An important factor when building a growth mindset is seeing the value in your journey. When you are fixated on the outcome, you miss out on valuable learning moments that can improve your professional development overall. A growth mindset sees beauty in struggling.

 

Growth Mindset Meaning – Final thought

Developing a growth mindset isn’t an easy task but is definitely worth the time and effort. By adapting one is not only a better way to learn but also a better way to life live.

In order to develop a growth mindset, you must change your perspective and cultivate self-acceptance, as approval from others and fear of embarrassment can prevent a growth mindset.

While learning something new, view challenges as opportunities to grow, and view errors or mistakes as lessons learned.

Try to redefine what failure means to you, and remember that patience is key.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

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10 Habits of People with a Positive Mindset

When I was younger, in my teens, early 20s, and even through to my 30’s – I was trapped. Not physically, but mentally: by the destructive thought pattern called pessimism.

This negative thinking poisoned what might have been a pretty good and opportunity-filled childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

This pessimism created ceilings and walls where there really were none.

Throughout the period when I was ridden by pessimism, my life and I mostly stood still. Looking back, it was a terrible waste.

If you are in pessimistic place, you don’t have to stay there for the rest of your life. I didn’t, for I learned to replace my negative thinking with optimism.

 

 

Are you an optimist or pessimist?

Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? What do these words mean to you?

If you’re uncertain, perhaps the question should be more specific: what do you think about your life? How do you see your future? Is it more pain and misery or rainbows and butterflies?

The modern world makes it truly difficult to be naturally positive. From our busy, fast-paced lives, to all the negativity, scarcity, violence, and fear that we’re constantly bombarded with on TV and online, it would be cynical to say it’s easy to be happy nowadays.

The COVID-19 crisis brought even more troubles to our plates, with all the uncertainty about the future and the economic crisis we’re facing.

In such circumstances, slipping into a negative state of mind can happen without even noticing. You just wake up one day thinking: when did it all go downhill?

A negative attitude is a sure way towards achieving total life dissatisfaction and pushing people away from yourself.

If you’ve had a few bad experiences when you’ve tried to change or influence the world around you, then it’s likely that only resulted in further disappointment.

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However, there’s always one thing you can do, and it is no small matter but something achievable if you really want to do it—change yourself. How?

By achieving a positive mindset.

It may sound like a cliché, but the benefits of a positive mindset are real and demonstrated by multiple scientific studies.

A positive mindset is a game-changer, as it will further elevate and improve your attitude and behaviour, and make you a happier person in the process.

This article is all about showing you what, how, and why of achieving a positive mindset and attitude in life.

I will explore 10 positivity habits that have helped me to go from someone who was pessimistic most of the time, to someone who is now optimistic almost all the time.

I recommend to not try to add all the habits at one go, but to try a few for a while before adding more. This way you will have time to adapt to them.

So, let’s get started.

 

10 Habits of People with a Positive Mindset

Start the day with a positive affirmation

How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day?

This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced.

Instead of letting this dominate you, start your day with positive affirmations. Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be awesome today.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.

 

 

Practice Gratitude

One of the quickest ways to shift your focus away from negativity, judgment, and disappointment is to list the things in your life for which you are grateful.

Be grateful to be gainfully employed, to sleep in a bed each night, for the sun that comes up each morning, for the waiter who greets you with a smile, for the people that love and care for you, and for a body that lets you experience life each day.

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Practicing gratefulness can cause almost an immediate shift in your perspective. Keeping a daily gratitude journal, even digitally, can help remind you to keep life’s blessings at the forefront of your mind.

Another strategy is to have a gratitude partner—someone who can support you in your journey to positive thinking. Each day, text, email or tell each other three things for which you are grateful. Think of this person as your accountability partner for your path to healthy thinking.

 

 

Focus on the present

I’m talking about the present—not today, not this hour, only this exact moment. You might be getting chewed out by your boss, but what in this exact moment is happening that’s so bad?

Forget the comment he made five minutes ago. Forget what he might say five minutes from now. Focus on this one, individual moment.

In most situations, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you imagine it to be. Most sources of negativity stem from a memory of a recent event or the exaggerated imagination of a potential future event.

Stay in the present moment, and watch your life transform.

 

 

Read a book

Books are an invaluable resource at your disposal. They teach, encourage, ridicule, and even lift your spirits.

One of the things you need to do if you want to create and foster a positive mindset is crack open a book and read it.

There are countless books out there, available either in soft or hard copies. There are advantages and disadvantages to reading either a soft or hard copy, but at the end of the day, you get to read a book.

When looking for a book to read, look for ones that will lift your positivity, and leave you feeling better.

There are inspirational books that are solely tailored to give you a positive mindset. If you are unsure about such books, you can ask for help from the bookstore you decide to get your books from.

You can also ask for guidance from your circle of friends regarding any books that would give you a positive mindset.

If you read a book and find it helpful, don’t feel shy to recommend it to your friends, or someone you think might need it.

There is a never-ending list of self-development books out there to learn from.

 

Write down your goals

Writing down your goals is a great habit to have when you want to live a more positive life. It means you have a clear vision of what you want and how you want to get there.

Writing down your goals will program your brain to help you find the positive steps you can take to achieve them.

It will alert your brain to notice things and events that are related to your goal. You will automatically be more aware of certain events, opportunities and people who can be helpful.

You’ll also be clearer about what you want, and this will sneak into your conversation and your general attitude, where others can pick up on it.

 

 

Reframe your challenges

There are no dead ends, only re-directions. Although we might try, there are very few things in life that we have complete control over.

We should not let uncontrollable occurrences from the outside turn our inner to mush. What we can control is the effort that we put in and when we give our full effort, there is no reason for regret.

Have fun with challenges, embrace them as adventures instead of attempting to resist an experience for growth. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.Robert Kiyosaki

 

Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk

Negative self-talk can creep up easily and is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that.

But these thoughts turn into internalised feelings and might cement your conceptions of yourself. When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones.

For example, “I’m so bad at this becomes Once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at thisI shouldn’t have tried becomes That didn’t work out as planned – maybe next time”.

 

Focus on role models in order to strengthen your weaknesses

As creatures of comfort, we often refuse to abandon our comfort zone, lacking the motivation, especially after having experienced the outcomes of our weaknesses.

When we do not feel the urge to strive for better, the figure of role models could help us to score big in the game of positive thinking.

Through those that we admire (not envy), we can be driven for better in the path for self-improvement.

Positive people find their role models among those people they love. Focus on those traces from each role model that you would also like to get in order to become your best you.

 

Have a solid morning routine

What do you do when you wake up? Groan about how tired you are? Check your phone for work emails or scroll through an endless feed of Instagram posts? Do those choices make you happy? Or are they more reactionary at this point?

A naturally positive person doesn’t wake up and engage in activities that are stressful or sucks the joy out of them.

They have a morning routine that energises them; one that puts them in the right mindset for positivity.

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That could be making a hot pot of coffee and enjoying the fresh air outside on their patio. Maybe that looks like going for a morning walk. Perhaps they even journal their thoughts and write down what they’re grateful for.

The key takeaway here is this: you can’t become a positive person if the very first moments of your day take away from your happiness.

 

 

Make someone else smile

Who do you think about most of the time? If we answered honestly, most of us would say themselves.

It’s good to hold ourselves accountable, take responsibility for our life roles, hygiene, food, etc. but set a goal for each day to make someone else smile.

Think about someone else’s happiness and it will help us to realize our immense impact that our attitude and expression has on the people around us.

 

10 Habits of People with a Positive Mindset – Final thought

Sometimes the task of changing out mindset can be difficult. We think that we have to control every single thought, however, that is not the case.

All you need to do is start making small changes in our daily life and eventually those changes will snowball into something bigger and better in the coming days, months and even years.

All you have to do is start. Start making the effort. Start trying to change.

If you make one small change and do it successfully, you are more likely to make more successful, bigger changes in the future.

So, the only thing that you need to do is start.

I hope you all got as much out of this article as I did when I wrote it.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

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12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

Do you find yourself feigning excuses for why your friend can’t pop up to your place to use the loo before a film?

Ever turn beetroot red with embarrassment when unexpected guests enter your home? It sounds like you have a messy house.

Imagine how much more enjoyable life would be if you were one of those perpetually tidy people whose homes could be company-ready with 15 minutes’ notice.

We wanted to turn our clean fantasies into a reality, so we researched the daily habits of people with clean houses — note the word “habits.”

What we learned is that it takes more than a few deep cleanings to achieve this status of cleaning goddess/god.

It takes daily work and preparation to keep your house in a constant state of near perfection.

 

 

Why should you form daily habits for a clean home?

You want to make it a habit because decluttering only once in a while will not keep your home tidy.

Keeping your home tidy should be an ongoing daily process.

Making it a daily habit works, because we want our homes to always look tidy, not once in a month when you do the purging.

Implement daily habits saves you time and effort in the long run.

What are the benefits of having a clutter-free home?

  • Living in a clean home reduces stress for you and your family
  • More focus and concentration for all (proven by research)
  • Reduces workload because you don’t have to do it all at once “later
  • Saves time because you no longer have to look for lost items
  • Saves money by not buying unnecessary items because you start to become aware of the clutter it can cause

I hope I have convinced you that daily decluttering is not hard and in fact really beneficial

Read on to discover the 12 habits of people who always have clean homes, and how you can adopt them to get out of the disaster zone you’ve been living in.

 

12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

Start by making the bed

I know some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it really makes a big difference in how tidy the room looks and only takes a couple of minutes.

Plus, I think it starts off the day well, and I love climbing into a made bed at the end of the day.

To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible. We ended up cutting out our top sheets (as they always just ended up in a big puddle at the end of the bed anyways) and just use a duvet and washable cover.

If you love your top sheets though, you can look at minimising the number of pillows on your bed or using a large enough comforter or duvet that you don’t need to tuck in your sheets.

 

They’re constantly offloading clutter

Clutter is like a magnet, clutter attracts clutter,” says Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia, hosts of The Art of Decluttering podcast, and founder of the professional home organisation service of the same name.

A home that has less stuff is so much easier to keep tidy,” says Amy and Kirsty. “Each day consider what items you no longer need that could leave your home.”

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There are plenty decluttering methods out there – from the quasi-spiritual KonMari method to the everyday, practical approach taken by Amy and Kirsty.

Listen to their podcast on Acast to discover solutions to real-world sources of clutter including sentimental papers, sports equipment, Tupperware and more.

 

They don’t shove things into a junk drawer of cupboard

So, you’ve done a quick clean-up, only to blink your eyes and find that your home is again in a state of ruin.

Jo Carmichael, professional organiser and founder of All Sorted Out says hurried, ad hoc tidy-ups just don’t work.

What often happens with the ‘fast clean” scenario is that the items strewn around on furniture and the floor are simply shoved into a wardrobe or drawer, she says. “It quickly tumbles back into an unrecognisable pile of clutter once the family returns home and starts living.”

 

They store like with ‘like’

The solution is to seek out spaces where clutter hides and start storing like with like.

Keeping like with like, means it’s easier to put things away and find them, because t-shirts are together – not mixed up with jeans or socks.

This will allow you to get ready quicker, and put your hands on the item you need without having to look twice.

 

Clean the shower while you’re in it

One handy tip is to give the shower a little scrub while you’re already showering.

It can be a huge pain to scrub down all of the soap scum at once, so why not do a quick once-over of the shower walls and floor while you’re rinsing your hair?

Top Tip:

One of the best products for keeping the shower clean is natural dish soap because it is designed to fight grease—which is mostly what’s in the soap scum lining your shower walls!

 

 

Clean as you cook

This is the best way to avoid a massive headache at the end of a meal, which you know you’re going to want to walk away and leave until tomorrow.

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Even if you need to keep both eyes on the burners, at least wash any easy dishes and utensils, and fill up your sink to help soak those greasy pots and pans.

Before you go to bed, start the dishwasher (if you have one that is), so you can empty it first thing in the morning, freeing up dishwasher space for when you cook again next! It’s all about the habit!

 

Keep surfaces clear

Flat surfaces collect clutter like none other. Flat surfaces are also what you see as you scan the room, so when you have clutter on flat surfaces, it seems like every space in your home is cluttered.

The more you can keep tables, floors, beds, and countertops clear, the cleaner and more spacious these areas feel.

The biggest clutter culprit is paper, so don’t let it pile up. Recycle unnecessary mail the minute it comes in and create a filing system for the rest of your important documents and to-do reminders.

 

Keep cleaning supplies handy where you use them

Keep small batches of needed cleaning supplies in key places around the home (kitchen, bathrooms, and cleaning closets) to give yourself more opportunities to find what you need.

A spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a stack of cleaning cloths under all of your sinks could be the difference between quickly wiping up a little spot or spill, and forgetting about it until the next time you have to deep-clean the house. This will save you lots of time in the end.

 

Wipe it down before you walk away

A quick wipe down can do wonders. If you wipe down the surface you’ve used after each use, you’ll keep counters and glass surfaces clean and ready to be used each time.

From wiping down your glass shower door to swiping your sink after washing the dishes, a quick clean can prevent grime build up and keep your surfaces spotless.

 

Tackle a load of laundry/washing each day

Avoid overflowing hampers by giving your washer a work out each day. It’s an unavoidable task (keeping your family clothed is kind of necessary), so if you do it on a consistent basis, it won’t pile up and take over your entire Sunday.

 

Clean your fridge on a weekly basis

Seeing some scary goop under your groceries in the corner of your fridge? You’re not doing it right.

Give your refrigerator a weekly refresh. Not only will cleaning your fridge help you keep things spick-and-span, but it will also help you create an accurate list of what you need on your next run to the store.

 

Finish the day with a 10-minute tidying session

For all of those things that got left behind, make a nightly pick-up part of your routine.

Set aside just 10 to 15 minutes every night—put on music if it makes the process more fun—and return everything to its “home, or designated spot”, from toys to magazines.

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If you have a few minutes left over, run a cleaning cloth over counters, or do a quick sweep, devoting five minutes to a different area every night.

One of the best things to wake up to in the morning is a clean home.

 

12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes – Final thought

Most of these habits are super quick actions that take less than a minute or two.

When you master these habits, your home will become tidy and clutter-free.

But don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember, habit change takes time. So, give yourself time to adopt these habits one or two at a time.

Go make your habit reminder notes right away and get started today!

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What Is the Purpose of a Sinking Fund?

Let’s imagine for a second that tomorrow your washer machine breaks. Laundry is piling up, and your anxiety is building wondering how you are going to get caught up.

How do you plan on paying for a new washer machine? Do you dip into your emergency savings, or pull out your credit card?

The truth is, these types of expenses can be detrimental to your budget. You need to have a system in place that will allow you to pay for certain planned expenses with cash, so you are not continually going into debt.

That’s where sinking funds come in handy.

Today, we are going to cover everything there is to know about sinking funds, which funds I include in my budget, and how to use them.

 

 

What Is the Purpose of a Sinking Fund?

A sinking fund is a set amount of money for a bill, or life event that you know is coming.  A specific amount of money is aside every paycheque/payday in an envelope, cash box, or savings account and when it comes time to pay for that bill or life event, you already have the money set aside, ready and waiting. No stressing.

Having the money set aside for large bills or life events takes all the stress and anxiety out of those things for me.

A sinking fund is just a plan with a purpose to set aside a little bit of money for an expense you know is coming.  Where an emergency fund is strictly for the little surprise’s life throws at you.

According to Dave Ramsey’s Every Dollar site, the definition of a sinking fund is:

A sinking fund is merely a strategic way to save money by setting aside a little bit each month”.

And with researchers reporting that the average American saves just 3.8% of the income they bring home each month, we can confidently assume a lot of people aren’t aware of the magic of the sinking fund.

If a budget offers permission to spend, a sinking fund offers encouragement to spend—and to spend big”!

 

What Is a sinking fund used for?

So now that we have given a basic definition for what is a sinking fund, let’s talk about what sinking funds are used for.

In order to manage your money well, it’s really helpful to use individual savings accounts to make sure that you are savings for the things that you need to be.

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Creating sinking funds will help you to get out of debt and to stay out of debt as you instead save up for and purchase or pay for the things that you need.

As soon as you have a fully funded emergency fund of at least 3 to 6 months’ worth of expenses, you should start setting up additional savings accounts for irregular or unanticipated (though not completely unexpected) expenses.

If your bank doesn’t allow you to easily set up multiple savings accounts, then I recommend setting up an account with another bank that does. Here’s some good recommendations from Nerdwallet.

 

Sinking fund v emergency fund

You might be asking, “How is a sinking fund different from your emergency fund?”

A sinking fund is designed to save for a specific expense. You know what you are saving for, how much you’ll put in it, and when you will need to use it.

An emergency fund is setting money aside for the unexpected. Your goal should be to have 3-6 months of expenses saved for all possible life emergencies.

Both of these saving strategies will make you feel more at ease when it comes time to needing the money, but they are created for very different reasons.

 

 

Which sinking funds should you have?

This isn’t a totally comprehensive list of every sinking fund you’ll ever need, that depends on your personal circumstances and what you need to be saving money for.

One person may need a podcast equipment sinking fund, someone else may have a kid’s birthday sinking fund.

You never know! So here are a few sinking funds that are pretty universal:

 

Car repair

Having a car means throwing a lot of money at a big metal box that just gets you from one place to another. Fun stuff, right? Wrong.

But if you plan to own a car in your lifetime, it’s something you need to plan for. Having a car means that you’ll inevitably have to pay some kind of repairs because they break.

You can use your car fund for things like your yearly sticker, your license renewal, speeding tickets, new floor mats, any repairs, pretty much anything that is involved with owning a car.

 

Pet costs

We never want to think about our pets getting sick or passive away. If I even for a second think about my dog passing, I feel like crying instantly, seriously.

But animals aren’t invincible, and we need to plan for their injuries and illnesses as well.

Having a pet gets pretty expensive, so this emergency money can go to anything including yearly check-ups, medicine, new collars, leashes, dog food, and maybe even your pet’s birthday!

 

Home repairs

If you own a home, you’ll have to fix something soon. It may be something small, like a light bulk, but it could be something huge like a brand-new roof. You never really know what’s going to happen when you own a home and it’s always smart to be prepared.

Home repairs add up really quickly and it happens in the blink of an eye. Having that money in the bank can really change the way you treat your home, and a lot of the time you’ll pick more frugal, intelligent fixes.

 

 

Technology

If you’re anything like me, you’ve dropped a phone (or three) and cracked a screen. I once had a laptop literally overheat and smoking at home while working. This is proof that some of the most expensive things we own can just break at a moment’s notice.

Putting a $/£500 phone or a $/£1,500 laptop on a credit card seems like a good idea at the time but it can take you months to pay it all back. This is why a technology sinking fund is very important.

This sinking fund could replace your laptop, phone, headphones, security cameras, etc.

 

Travel

Travel funds can really take two forms, one fun, and one not-so-fun. Of course, you can set up a sinking fund for a yearly family vacation to enjoy.

However, the real sinking fund you should set up is a funeral/sickness sinking fund. I know, this is really depressing and morbid.

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However, at any given time a family member could pass away or get really sick without you having any notice.

You may need to travel across the country (or even the world) to be able to be there for the funeral and be able to take care of your family.

Plane tickets are expensive and when it happens quickly you don’t have an opportunity to plan a cheaper ticket, so it’s really great to have a thousand or more dollars/pounds in the bank just to be prepared for these occurrences.

 

Christmas

Christmas always seems to be really far away, until it isn’t. Every year after Christmas I find myself saying “next year, I’m going to start saving for Christmas before summer! I’m going to be so prepared” but it never happens.

Christmas never changes. It always comes.

Starting a sinking fund for Christmas presents is a great way to save yourself a ton of money in interest, as well as keeping your Christmas costs lower because you don’t over purchase as often when you use cash.

 

Other categories

Then the list becomes more extensive if you are a college student like me where I might add funds like:

  • hobby fund
  • holiday/vacation fund
  • insurance – life, car, home
  • medical expenses, prescriptions etc
  • annual subscriptions (i.e., Amazon Prime, Disney+, gym membership etc)
  • taxes – property, self-employment
  • new clothes for you and the family
  • beauty – haircuts, waxing, nails, etc
  • charitable giving
  • big events – your wedding, your parents 50th anniversary, etc

Remember these are only suggestions. Just because I listed it does not mean you need to have it in your budget.

 

How much do I put in my sinking fund?

A good rule is to start planning six months out for an event, but if the item is a large dollar/pound amount consider nine months. This way you’re not trying to save for “everything” all at once.

As you look ahead at expenses, start giving them a dollar/pound amount and adding them into the tally. Since this is an ever-revolving account new money will flow in, and saved money will flow out. (i.e., birthday party expenses, braces, back to school clothes, school pictures, sports fees, summer camps, etc.).

A good tip is to go back through your previous bank/credit card statements and see what kind of one-off purchases there have been. Do you have enough of one type of purchase to necessitate its own category sinking fund?

 

Where should you keep your sinking fund?

Sinking funds can be kept anywhere as long as you can keep track of them.

Consider choosing a place where your money can be liquid and you can access it simply with ATM withdrawal, quick online transfer or by writing a cheque.

You may also want to keep your funds in an envelope set aside for a specific expense. The most important thing is that you know where it is and can access it when you need it.

If you decide to open a single bank account for all your sinking funds, you need to find means to separate the money for each expense when it’s time to spend.

You can keep a ledger, tracker or spreadsheet to keep track of the amount of money in each fund at every point.

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You may also want to keep your funds in multiple accounts. It can be very helpful if your bank offers you multiple savings accounts, especially when you prefer doing all your transactions online.

Ensure that you meet minimum balances for each account if there is one.

However, options that allow you to access your money anytime can only work for you if you are disciplined with your savings account.

If you are not good at managing your savings account or you find yourself constantly transferring money in and out of your account, then you should consider an account that you cannot dip into when you please.

 

Keeping track of your sinking funds

It’s very easy to become distracted and lose track of your sinking funds.

Keeping track of your sinking funds is very crucial because you won’t want to forget, use your car maintenance and repairs fund for your friend’s birthday, and then start wondering about what happened to the money when the main expense comes up.

To keep track of all the funds, if you like to use paper and pen, you can keep a log. If you prefer spreadsheets, you can also use a spreadsheet.

You can also keep track of your funds with your bank’s app if your bank offers multiple savings accounts.

There are several ways to keep track of your savings. Choose one that works best for you.

 

 

Should you set up a sinking fund when you have debts?

Setting up a sinking fund when you have debts depends on what the fund is for. Your high-interest debt is an emergency, and you need to make efforts to pay it off.

However, some expenses are so very essential that you will need to come up with money from anywhere to pay for them—for instance, a new set of tires that you would be needing soon.

For such expenses, it’s best to set aside money since it’s better to pay for them in cash rather than use a payday loan or credit card.

If it’s for an avoidable expense like a vacation or holiday, then No. In such cases, you need to focus more on your debts instead.

Taking a vacation/holiday shouldn’t be a priority for you if you have a high-interest debt.

 

 

What is the purpose of a sinking fund? –  final thought

Having a sinking fund is a vital part of your financial plan. It is as important as your emergency fund.

Setting up this particular fund will keep you from screwing up your monthly budget all the time and allow you to leave your emergency fund for real emergencies.

It might seem less urgent, but it is urgent.

You don’t have all the time you feel you have until that expense catches up with you.

The earlier you start saving for that major expense, the better.

 

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10 Stress Management Techniques – Simple Guide!

Stress is an inevitable part of life. It comes and goes at the worst of times. Unfortunately, it can be a hindrance by decreasing productivity levels, increasing anxiety, and lowering our overall mood.

There are also many different kinds of stress that affect us in different ways.

Fortunately for all of us, there are things we can do to effectively manage stress and prevent it from completely taking over and causing burn out.

They range between self-care practices to integrating healthy routines into your everyday life.

Using a few of these techniques can be a complete game changer when implemented into a daily practice.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

What Is Stress?

Stress is your body’s response to changes in your life.

Because life involves constant change – ranging from every day, routine changes like commuting from home to work to adapting to major life changes like marriage, divorce, or death of a loved one – there is no avoiding stress.

Your goal shouldn’t be to eliminate all stress but to eliminate unnecessary stress and effectively manage the rest.

There are some common causes of stress that many people experience, but each person is different.

Here are a few of my favourite stress management techniques.

 

10 Stress Management Techniques

Accept there are some things you can’t control

This one takes no time at all really, but it does require a commitment to changing your mindset. A lot of the time we get stressed out by things that are totally out of control.

Because they are out of control it really becomes a waste of energy to constantly stress out over them.

For example, specific demands of your job, the fact that we’re living through a pandemic in 2020/2021, the weather, traffic, or the thoughts and actions of other people.

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I’m not saying you shouldn’t stress at all over things like this, but you can’t let it consume you and cause you stress day after day.

For the sake of a simple example: getting super stressed out on your long commute home through traffic. Unless you go find a new job closer to home this is totally out of your control.

So as a stress management technique, accept that fact and then make the most of the situation. For example, listen to an audio book or podcast, call a friend (hands free of course), or find somewhere new to stop and explore on the way home.

If not, you’re just going to be super stressed every evening and you’ll probably have no energy to do anything by the time you get home.

 

 

Be physically Active

Research consistently proves that physical activity both reduces stress levels and helps to prevent many of the negative side-effects of stressful life events.

The great news is that you don’t need to run a marathon or devote all your days to the gym to enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Almost any type of physical activity will help purge you of tension and lead to the production of endorphins; those “feel-good” chemicals that boost mood and energy.

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Aim for 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, but if your fitness levels are low then try starting out with just 10 minutes of activity.

As you exercise, tune into your bodily sensations and notice your own physicality; this is a form of mindfulness, which promotes stress control in itself.

Here are some fun and easy ways to get your heart rate up:

  • Dance to your favourite song
  • Walk to the store instead of driving
  • Walk your dog, or borrow someone else’s for half an hour
  • Take the stairs every time there’s an option
  • Find an exercise buddy, and go to classes together.

 

Start your day off right

High energy levels in the mornings (although this may sometimes seem impossible) are essential to start the day and, hopefully, end the day with a positive outlook and a clear mindset.

Staying hydrated, avoiding coming to work on an empty stomach and aiming to be well rested overnight will all contribute to better mornings and more motivation.

You may also find it beneficial to give yourself a little extra time in the mornings to get ready for the day. This will prevent rush and panic and ensure you are fully prepared for whatever is thrown your way.

 

 

Practice Mindfulness

Put simply, mindfulness means creating an awareness of ourselves in a present moment, by paying attention to our thoughts and feelings, noticing the world around us and reconnecting with the sensations it brings.

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Mindfulness can aid mental wellbeing – when you’re having a moment of stress, take a moment to stand back and reflect. You’ll notice how busy your mind can get, and mindfulness can help to slow it down.

You can find more mindfulness tips on the Mind website, including exercise to help you put it into practise.

 

 

Avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms

At the other end of the spectrum, smoking, drinking and binge-eating are all common coping strategies amongst people who are stressed, but turning to vices isn’t a legitimate way to process your emotions.

Take steps to remove these options, whether it’s not keeping cigarettes in the house or making a weekly meal plan so you can’t order takeaways, to help yourself to stop relying on these unhealthy habits. The short-term release is exhilarating, but they’re likely to make you feel worse in the long run.

 

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deficit has just about become an epidemic in contemporary society. Continuously pushed to accomplish and produce, practically every single person is accountable for depriving themselves of rest.

In a stressful situation, you may attempt to “pull an all-nighter” to fulfil a deadline or do some last second studying, but contrary to what your over-stressed mind is suggesting; a well-rested mind and body will be able to achieve far more, without over-taxing your system.

 

 

Do a brain dump

A brain dump is simply the act of dumping all the contents of your mind onto paper as one might dump the contents of a purse onto a table.

You are spilling out stressors, your nagging thoughts, your pesky annoyances. Simply open up a valve in your mind and let all those thoughts flow out of your hand and onto some paper.

Write until you feel like the pressure inside of you is lessened and you can take a deep breath. Then you will have achieved a brain dump.

 

 

Think positive

Employ the power of positive thinking. Rather than incessantly worrying about the same things over and over, break the cycle and train your brain to think in a way that is positive and uplifting.

One way to do this is to envision the results that you want, rather than thinking about the results that you’re afraid of.

Imagine everything working out. Sometimes, just the very thought of things unfolding in your favour can be truly inspiring.

Another approach is to practice positive affirmations.

 

 

Flow activities

When you’re stressed, sometimes the best strategy can be distraction – especially when it’s with a simple task that makes you feel in control and has a series of steps to follow.

Psychologists call these ‘flow’ activities, switching off the conscious brain and putting you into a calming, meditative state.

Think baking, cleaning or organising, all processes which give you a clear, easily achievable goal and give you a massive satisfaction boost when complete.

 

 

10 Stress Management Techniques

I hope you were able to take some of these tips and tricks and add them into your stress management tool box to use when you need them.

Stress can be such a nuisance and is really unnecessary. Let’s stick together and find a way to live a more relaxed, productive, and happy life!

What are your tips for stress relief? I would love to hear them.

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