Your environment means everything when it comes to your mindset.
Have you ever tried to improve something in your personal life, whether that be an aspect of your personality, a new skill or habit or just trying to find some more happiness, but struggled to see results after a while of practice?
Even if you were doing everything you thought you needed to, this one factor might have been holding you back without you realizing it.
Your environment, who you surround yourself with, what you read and what you hear on a daily basis subconsciously shapes our mindset and attitude towards life.
We all know the saying that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with and while you may understand that, are you actually putting that into use?
Or are you still spending all your time with negative people while you are trying to find more happiness for yourself? That isn't going to work out too well for you now is it?
It isn't just your friends that you surround yourself with though that impact your mindset, it's everything you surround yourself with and consume.
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The Role Your Environment Plays in Developing Your Mindset
It is everything.
How does everything play a role in developing your mindset?
We already know that surrounding yourself with negative people causes a negative mindset, or with people who are always living "broke" will make you the same way, that kind of goes without question as you pick up some of their beliefs and habits.
But what about everything else?
Just think about it, if you are constantly listening to sad songs, how the hell are you supposed to get out of your head and start to find some happiness?
Or if you are constantly reading things about why you should settle down or listening to podcasts around negative thoughts such as never achieving your goals, how are you supposed to make anything out of your life then?
From articles to TV shows to music, whatever you surround yourself with impacts the way you are thinking if you are exposed to it enough.
Other people aren't the only factor in our mindset, yet they play a large part, the things that we "consume" or are exposed to on a daily basis play just as large of a factor.
Why This Could Be A Problem
Is it really that big of a deal?
Your momentum means everything in life, if you have positive momentum, towards positive goals then you are 10x more likely to achieve them because of the mindset you have combined with the work you are doing.
When you are exposing yourself to negative things on a daily basis, and we almost all are whether we realize it or not, it is like trying to swim against the current. You are going to be taking a similar amount of action to the first situation but you won't be getting the same results.
This is a problem because even though we might be doing the work required, we are subconsciously holding ourselves back from results if we don't get our mindset right.
This goes back to what I always say, the mindset is the foundation to everything in life, if we don't have that right or are working on changing it, we won't be able to change our lives.
Your environment is one of the biggest factors to your mindset and luckily it is easy to change on paper, it just means you are going to have to totally change up your habits you have around consuming content.
Ways Our Environment Might Be Hurting Our Mindset
It comes down to everything you consume, everyone you surround yourself with, pretty much just everything in general.
We have to start actively being aware of what we are surrounding ourselves with and what we are consuming.
We might be reading the same types of books, listening to the same music or the same podcasts and following the same people on social media, all having an impact on our mindset and what we believe to be true.
It is just a pattern for a lot of us at this point to continue to consume the same content and surround ourselves with the same things that we always have because that is what is "comfortable and easy" to us and if you have read the last few blog posts, such as this one >>, you know that our bodies naturally gravitate towards the "easy" and that is not what we want.
Just take the popular trend of country music here in the midwest, it may seem harmless but say you go through a breakup and that is all you listen to because the "lyrics are so relatable." You get to a point where you are going to be even worse off because all you are listening to are things saying how sad life is or how you wish they would come back to you or how you don't need love because you have beer.
How the hell are you supposed to get better when all you are consuming is words that makes you resonate with the feeling of sadness?
Instead, imagine if you took the time after a break up to see all the extra time you have to work on yourself now and went all in listening to podcasts about your growth and opportunities. You are going to have a totally different and more positive mindset than the first situation.
I actually did this after a recent break up as I was listening to a lot of negative podcasts and music so I took a step back, realized it and started focusing on consuming information about my growth. That, combined with some time has put me in a better position than I have ever been in, in terms of my mindset.
Why We Need to Change This
Unless you want to keep having trouble developing more positive mindsets...
You probably don't want to be spending the rest of your life swimming against the current and struggling to see results even though you are putting in massive amounts of work.
This will just lead to more negative thoughts as you will think you can never do it, and leave you in an uncontrolled downward spiral.
This is not what I want for anyone and you should not want this for yourself either, time to take control of the foundation of your life.
Here is how to do so...
How to Start Changing Your Environment
Almost every day I will sum up the blog in some mental "workouts, which are essentially going to help you train your mind, much like you would train your body at the gym.
Because that is what MMNTM is all about, workouts for your mind. Much like you would train your body at the gym, this is like your mind's gym.
Your mindset is the foundation to the rest of your life so why would you not be training and improving that as well?
Exercise #1: Take Inventory
Notes: Take inventory about who you follow on social media, the music you are listening to, the podcasts you are listening to, the people you surround yourself with, etc, and see what they are talking about. Is it positive or negative usually?
Exercise #2: Positive Affirmations
Reps: 1x per day
Duration: 10 minutes
Notes: You can start taking control of your internal environment as well as you start taking control of the opiutside environment.
Exercise #3: Supplement Some of These Podcasts In
Reps: While in car, at gym, or on walks
Notes: Here are some positive podcasts-- The School of Greatness, The Rich Roll Podcast, On Purpose, Impact Theory, The Tim Ferriss Show
Exercise #4: Limit The Time Around Negative People
Notes: You don't have to fully cut off your friends from the past, especialy if you are very close with them and have known them forever. Maybe just spend a little less time with them and work on yourself more.
And just like that another day in the gym at yourmmntm.com/blog has come to an end. If you really enjoyed the article all I ask is that you bring one friend back tomorrow for the blog, let them know anbout MMNTM! Thanks again for stopping out and I look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow.
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