How To Change Your Mindset

February 19, 2018 - 3 minutes read

As a leader, the sooner you learn how to change your mindset, the better. Leaders are only human, which means there will be times when they’re frustrated. There’s no way they can be operating at 100% all of the time, know all the answers, or expected to manage any situation regardless of circumstance.

It’s impossible.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Wayne Dyer

Wayne’s quote about perspective is popular and well-known. However, how do you change your mindset as a leader? Is it as easy as flipping a switch?

Some people are able to easily switch the way they think, but to many, this is easier said than done. Switching perspective or choosing to be positive rather than negative can happen, but often times outside influence is required to make the transition. Here are two methods you can use today to help change your mindset:

Change Your Environment

If you’re feeling frustrated and are not sure how to overcome the feeling, change your environment. Do something that is completely different than whatever it is that’s bothering you. Place yourself in an environment that allows you to think differently and see things from a new perspective. Meditate, go on a hike, or listen to music. Being in a new environment will allow you to calm your mind and ground yourself.

Related: How to Escalate an Issue

Find Something (Anything) To Be Grateful For

If you’re unable to escape or place yourself in a new environment right away, there is one simple thing you can do to help change your mindset right away. Stop, take a deep breath, and find anything that you can be grateful for right now. It can be the simplest, smallest thing, and that doesn’t matter. The idea is to switch the way you’re thinking on purpose and to do it in a way that invokes positivity. Choosing something to be grateful for, no matter how silly it may seem, will help give you a new perspective and a reprieve from the frustration you may be feeling at that moment.

More on changing your mindset: Discovering That You Are Enough with Heather Estus