I continue coming back to the importance of mindset and how your thoughts shape your life circumstances. You have roughly 50,000 thoughts that go through your mind every day. Many of these thoughts go through your subconscious mind. This begs the question, how can it be possible to think that many thoughts in one day. Great question, so let’s do some exploring.
What Shapes Your Thoughts?
This is a complex question and pretty loaded. I am by no means an expert in this field, but I can add my two sense to the question. The people you surround yourself with, the content you consume through social media, and your foundational beliefs are all things that shape your thoughts.
How The People You Surround Yourself With Impact You
Have you ever heard the saying, you are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with? This is exactly why that statement is so true. The people you surround yourself with have an incredible impact on your mindset. When you surround yourself with positive people striving to become better, you will naturally be pulled up by them. When you surround yourself with people who are negative and the victim, you will begin to also be the victim.
I continue hearing more and more that you need to surround yourself with people who pull you upwards. One of the biggest gaps I currently have in my life is a true mentor. Someone who is where I want to be in 5 years. I haven’t spent enough time trying to seek out individuals like this. The more I try to seek out and surround myself with individuals with similar mindsets, the easier it will be to stay in a positive growth mindset.
My goal is to always be challenging myself to get to the next level of achievement in many aspects of my life. The goal isn’t to solely achieve financially. I have other categories of my life I want to strive in. These include but are not limited to relationships, giving back, and health.
How Content You Consume Impacts Your Mindset
First, let’s define content. Content have a very broad context. This includes but is not limited to: social media, what you watch on TV, what commercials or advertisements you consume, who you text daily.
Think about it this way. If you consume content that has negative connotation, do you think you will have positive thoughts? My guess would be you wouldn’t. If you follow and consume social media of people who are victims, do you think you will not try to find reasons why you have complete ownership of your life? My guess again would be probably not.
What you consume on a daily basis has a great impact on your conscious and subconscious thoughts.
Why Foundational Beliefs Impact Your Mindset
Whether you want to believe it or not, you have foundational beliefs that impact your mindset. Foundational beliefs are usually developed when you are young. This doesn’t mean you can’t change your foundational beliefs over time. This only means they exist and you should work to determine what they are.
For me, these are a few foundational beliefs I have. Some I am trying to get rid of, and others I am trying to tweak:
I worry too much about things I have no control over. I think this comes from my mom and how she has always been high strung on a few things.
I am frugal. Again, I think this comes from my Jewish mom.
I have a deep work ethic. I believe this comes from both my parents. My dad would always tell me growing up “If you aren’t going to do it right the first time, you might as well not do it at all.”
I am overly competitive. This was developed through sports I played as a kid. I was competitive and always wanted to compete at the highest levels as a kid. This has translated into my drive in the professional world to want to be better and work my way up the ranks.
Closing, take a close look and audit your life to understand how these three things impact your mindset. You might be amazed when you start to look around and see what you find.
You have roughly 50,000 thoughts each day. There is no way for all these thoughts you be conscious. Your subconscious is where most of your thoughts will happen.
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time around. Find people to look up to and who lift you higher.
Be careful about what type of content you are consuming through social media and streaming services. This also has a great impact on your subconscious thoughts.
Don’t forget @TheYoungRetireeBy33’s 3 Core Principles: