How I change my mindset

by on 18 February 2016 in Business


I woke up exhausted this morning, I’m sure you know the feeling!

I finished a speaking gig at 10pm last night and was so wired I couldn’t switch off!  I watched the clock tick over to midnight, 2am and found myself bolt upright at 5am feeling like my eye lids were prized open with match sticks

I plodded through ‘wet cement’ for the first 20 minutes of the morning with the inside of my head on repeat and sounding something like this.

“I’m exhausted”

“I want to go back to bed”

“I’m working too hard”

“I’m exhausted”

“I want to go back to bed”

Not exactly helpful self-talk considering I had a huge day ahead of me. Hmmm … what to do?

No chance I could go back to bed. If I continued with the mindset I woke with I was set for a really crappy day, so it was time to work my magic.

Visual reminders are perfect for just such a moment and I have a half-dozen of them plastered to walls in strategic places in my home.

So, with a very strong coffee in hand I stood in front of each and absorbed the message.

1.  I have a brochure of the Larapinta Trail, a 230km trek across the MacDonnell Ranges that I’m doing later in the year. Just the inspiration I need!

2.  Marianne Williamson words are there to tap into my heart and soul.

“Our deepest fear is not thats we are inadequate: Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves … who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually … who are you NOT to be?

… Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”

3.  My own poetic reminder is “Suck it up Princess”

4. And then one simple beautiful word


In this moment I reframe the context for my thinking:

How will I do this day?

How can I energise myself?

How can I ‘be’ in this day so if it was my last, it will also be my best?

I stand in front of each and absorb the message and within 5 minutes I’ve changed my mindset from ‘bloody hell, I don’t want to do this today’ to ‘bring it on baby’!