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7 Tips to Begin Your Personal-Development Journey Today

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Your Journey to Personal-Development Begins Here

What should be your first step towards success in any area of personal-growth? Some people might argue that research or some type of ground-work might be the first steps in your journey. There is something else that successful people will work on before any of that though and you can find proof of this in many books and seminars from people such as Tony Robbins, Lewis Howes, Gary Vee and so many other tremendously successful icons. The first step to achieving any goal and finding success in life is to start re-training your mindset for success.


Now you might be thinking “well what’s wrong with my mindset?” but if our current way of thinking was working for us, we would already be living the life that we most desire. Wouldn’t we? The truth is, most of us harbor some sort of bad habits for whatever our reasons are and although they might seem little to us now, in reality those “little” bad habits are what is holding you back from reaching your goals in life.


In this article we will discuss what I believe to be the most important type of mindset for personal-growth in any area and how it will help you to improve your whole way of life. Then I will share with you some of the easy exercises that I personally practice daily, to help you train your mindset for success.

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The Most Important Mindset For Personal-Development

There are several types of mindsets you will want to build in order to become truly successful in personal-growth including a disciplined-mindset, a learning-mindset, etc but one in particular stands out to me. This type of mindset should be learned first because without it, you can never truly learn and apply the others. Without this mindset, the universal law of attraction says that finding true success is impossible. This is why I feel that the most important mindset to learn is the positivity-mindset.


Some of us are trying our best to be positive with very little understanding on how impactful being positive can actually be. Then, when things get difficult or we hit an obstacle in our lives, we take our positivity for granted and allow ourselves to become consumed with the negativity of the situation. Oftentimes, we don’t even realize the shift in mindset or if we do, we acknowledge but we’re not active in trying to get back to that place of positivity. We react like that sometimes because it’s easier to give in to the negative emotions than it is to consciously work on turning them into positive emotions.


Now that our whole mindset has been shifted into a negative-mindset, how will that affect us? A negative-mindset has been proven to have many adverse side effects, including but not limited to the ones listed below.


  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleeping problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Drastic changes in metabolism (overeating or under-eating)


However, your mindset is 100% a choice that you have to make every day. You can choose to wake up in the morning and look for all of the negativity in the world but I promise if you do, you will find exactly what you are looking for. On the contrary, you can wake up and choose to find the light in every situation which is absolutely easier said than done but also worth the effort. No matter what the situation is, there are always going to be two ways to view it, either the cup is “half-full” or the cup is “half-empty”. Although researchers are still exploring the effects that positive-thinking has on our health, many have found that Practicing a genuinely positive-mindset has many beneficial side-effects. Below you will see just a few side-effects of a genuinely positive-mindset.


  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Greater resistance to illness
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Reduced risk of cancer
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Letting Go of the Negative and Making Room for the Positive

So I’m assuming that by now, you're thinking what I was thinking when I first learned all of this and you’re right, it is time to make some changes! But where do we start? Replacing your negative thoughts with positive ones does not happen overnight but that doesn't mean that we can’t start working on it right away. There are some very easy steps that you can start to take as soon as today that will help you begin to develop a positive-mindset. As your positive-mindset develops and you continue to make changes in your life, you will begin to see the growth in yourself. You will begin to see more positive outcomes in your life and even though the negative ones are sometimes inevitable, you will learn ways to find positivity and cope with them in healthier ways.

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The practices I will be sharing with you here should also be combined with an open-mind and a conscious intention to find joy and positivity in each practice.

1. Making your bed

Making your bed may seem like a small task but it is the first victory of your day. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and release endorphins, putting you in a better mood to start your day. It will also motivate you to continue tackling goals and being productive throughout the rest of the day. Hence the quote, “conquer the morning and you will conquer the whole day”.

2. Exercise

Daily exercise not only has the obvious physical benefits, but it also helps with your mental health. It increases your energy and focus. It will boost your self-image and elevate your mood. Daily exercise, even if it's briefly each day, will also help you to release stress and other negative energy you may have stored.

3. Eat healthier

Eating healthy is actually beneficial when it comes to your brain’s development. Certain vitamins and nutrients are needed for your brain to turn them into the protein building-blocks, enzymes, brain-tissue, and neurotransmitters needed for your brain to function properly. Eating healthier also elevates your mood and energy levels. Setting up a healthy diet with your doctor can be a great way to start living a more positive lifestyle.

4. Meditation

Meditation has been proven to lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. It also promotes discipline and problem-solving skills. Meditation for stress reduction and emotional and attentional regulation would also benefit the brain’s physical health and well-being in older populations.

5. Smile more

A study at the University of Kansas found that smiling, even fake smiling, reduces heart-rate and blood-pressure during stressful situations. There are also studies showing that if you force yourself to smile, you will essentially trick your brain into thinking you are happy, ultimately leaving you feeling more positive, even during hardships.

6. Practice reframing

Reframing is a technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to identify automatic thoughts and replace them with more balanced thoughts. An example of reframing would be instead of getting upset about having to work, you would be appreciative that you have a job to go to, a steady source of income, and a means to survive. Another example would be, instead of thinking about how much you dread your job, replace those thoughts with plans of finding a better job or maybe even starting your own business. These thoughts will make you feel joy and excitement as opposed to the negative emotions that you originally had.

7. Build resiliency

Resiliency means being able to adapt to stressful or negative situations. Some experts recommend that to build resiliency, you should learn to accept that change is a part of life. They also recommend taking action on your problems right away instead of ignoring them or putting them off until later. These simple practices will help you learn to cope with life’s every day obstacles while maintaining a positive-mindset.

A Life-Long Commitment

Having a positive-mindset is the foundation of a positive, healthy and successful life. Although we all deal with different hurdles in our lives, it is important to remember that how we view and tackle those hurdles is a choice that we must make in real time every day. We can decide to give in to the negativity and let it consume us or we can learn coping skills to help us stay positive through any situation.


A positive-mindset is not something that you learn once, it is a lifestyle that you must practice every day to maintain. When things seem to not be going your way, remember this quote, “Do not be discouraged on those days when the negativity seemingly wins, because everybody gets knocked down from time to time. However, It’s the ones who get back up, that go on to be successful in all of life’s endeavors”.

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This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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