Every new year, we start to think about resolutions. Many people stick it through for a few months while others may not even try… knowing that they will just fail. I have yet to meet someone who has kept up with the resolve to be successful with his/her New Year’s Resolutions for the entire year.
I am generally not a fan of making new year resolutions. I often confuse making resolutions with goal settings because I feel that they are one and the same… unless the resolutions are just about breaking bad habits. Though, I would like to think that I am more successful wth goal settings since some of my projects are realistic, with deadlines and more likely attainable.
Regardless, this year, 2018, I have embarked on creating a #BulletJournal to hold myself more accountable for my goals and schedules, instilling C.S. Lewis’ quote in me: “You are NEVER too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
Forget about defining what is a “resolution” and what is a “goal”. My theory is that if I feel like doing something and it will take place in the future or need some time to complete, then I write it down on my New Year’s Resolution list and simply figure how to do it. My very own: Mindful-Mindset Principle.
After experiencing several years of personal growth and hard life lessons, it is just a matter of a marriage between being mindful and in the right mindset. What’s the difference?
Well, it is very timely that I came across the article by #AngelaZimmerman – “Shift to a Growth Mindset With These 8 Powerful Strategies” – where she discusses Developing a Growth Mindset:
- Create a New Compelling Belief
- View Failure in a Different Light
- Sky Rocket Your Self-Awareness
- Become a Curious Learner
- Challenges are Your New Best Friend
- Love Takes You to the Top
- Tenacity That Ignites
- Massively Inspired by Others
Mindfulness is beautifully explained in “Peace is Every Step” by (Buddhist Monk) Thich Nhat Hanh. I had read the book in 2016; and it inspired me to create one of my artwork: Mindfulness.
Briefly, mindset is a set of beliefs about ourselves and our abilities / potentials.
Mindfulness, on the other hand, is the way we think that focuses on awareness of the present.
So my Mindful-Mindset Principle simply means that when I am mindful of my present situation/state, I am more acceptive and receptive of my feelings, sensations and emotions where I can essentially use that and (re)act accordingly based on my capabilities at the time based on the knowledge and facts known to me. And the results can be a form of meditation – therapeutic even in relieving stress and/or aiding positive thinking. I will essentially reprogram myself to not overthink things.
So, as I start 2018, I will work on honing my mindset to increase my abilities while focusing on being mindful to be more aware of my potentials and develop my own personal growth.
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