How To Create A Positive Mindset Within Yourself

You spend the majority of time inside your own head, and this dialogue has the power to either make or break you… so you’ve got to try and do everything within your power to ensure it’s a positive conversation

I remember stepping up to the plate for my first at-bat at the U/16 Nationals in Mt Gambier way back in 2006. Was I nervous… of course! But what was worse, was the story playing through my head was one of doubt… the question I was asking myself was “am I good enough for this”… and the result

I hit a fly ball to the center fielder on the third pitch I faced. And it didn’t get better. That story continued - and I batted 0.00 at Nationals. Not a single hit to my name

When it’s just you and that voice inside your head (what I like to call ‘the little man’), is it a good conversation… or is it more often than not a back-and-forth battle that mimics Golem’s scene in “Return of The King

Hopefully, it’s the former and not the latter - as mindset is the foundation of everything we do - and a weak mindset has been the death of many dreams

You spend about 95% of your time inside your own head, and you tell yourself numerous stories. But the best news is - you have total control over the stories you tell yourself as you control your thoughts. The little man can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and you get to choose which he is

There’s an old Indian Cherokee Legend that sums this concept up perfectly… An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on side me”, he said to the boy

It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”... The old Cherokee replied, “whichever one you feed”

And that’s the truth, whichever thoughts you give power and time to, are the one’s that will “win” in the end

So try this, don’t ever try to never have a negative thought, as that’s impossible. Instead, become the person who can catch themselves, so that when a negative thought forms, acknowledge it and move onto a positive thought


MindsetNick Maier