How to Put Your Mind to Work

How to Put Your Mind to Work

The mind is a very powerful tool, and many times it is not used to its maximum potential in achieving goals. As a matter of fact, the mind often acts as a deterrent for many individuals, and this leads to failure to pursue personal endeavors. It also undermines any success one is trying to achieve. Mindset is defined as a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to a situation.

There are two types of mindsets, or ways of thinking, namely, negative and positive. Negative thinking characterizes pessimists, while positive thinking is synonymous with optimists.

In understanding pessimism (negative mindsets) it is important to shed light on a condition known as the Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even when the opposite is true. It is prevalent among many successful men and women. It is derived from messages, attitudes, or beliefs that have been imparted on a person from early stages of life. This is usually by parents, or any other important person that was present during childhood (childhood conditioning). Female celebrities with this syndrome include Jodie Foster, Rachel Weisz, and Nicole Kidman. They have used words such as “fake”, “impostor”, “fraud”, “guilt”, “really bad job”, to describe themselves, and their acting.

Today, women face significantly more barriers to development than their male counterparts. As a result of this, it is crucial that women harness positive thinking in order to overcome all the obstacles faced in today’s world.

A Postive mindset

There is a plethora of methods that can help someone adopt a more positive mindset. Some of these include:

• Repeating daily affirmations, and creating visualizations of favorable results,
• Reading literature related to positive thinking and its benefits,
• Surrounding yourself with happy, positive people,
• Speaking more positively, adopting humor, smiling more, and
• Programming your brain to think positively and being persistent in positive thinking.

Positivity improves your overall well-being, but focus will be placed on its contribution to creating success. Firstly, a positive mindset makes you believe that you can accomplish any goal that you set your sights on. Positivity makes a person highly motivated. Motivation is defined as a combination of desire, values, and beliefs that propels someone to take action. Motivation combined with hard work and determination creates success.

A positive mindset helps you to take the right path, as you will be thinking more clearly on what you what to achieve. You will also be less hesitant to take the necessary steps in starting (or finishing) a project. A constructive frame of mind makes it easier to spot opportunities when they arise. People become more willing to help and communicate with someone who emits a positive vibe. So it becomes easier to get help or get valuable information, if it is needed. Even when problems arise, a positive mindset makes you persevere to overcome them by looking for solutions. Your mindset can even make you interpret failure (or obstacles) as a blessing in disguise.


The mind is a beautiful thing when used in a positive manner, and we need to start putting our minds to work to reach our full potential. As Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can or can’t do a thing you are probably right”.

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Motivational Speaker and Personal Power Expert, is one of the most respected and sought-after experts on success, motivation, confidence and personal power. She is an international keynote speaker, author, confidence coach and the CEO of DeLores Pressley Worldwide. She is also founder of UP Woman Network; a movement to empower women leaders. She helps individuals utilize personal power, increase confidence and live a courageous life. Her story has been touted in The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, First for Women, Essence, New York Daily News, Ebony and Marie Claire. She is a frequent media guest and has been interviewed on every major network: (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX) including America’s top rated shows; OPRAH and Entertainment Tonight.

She is the author of Oh Yes You Can, Clean Out the Closet of Your Life and Believe in the Power of You. To book her as a speaker visit: http://www.delorespressley.com/

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