What elusive thing could a winning mindset give you that you really want: confidence, a promotion a relationship, more money, a great body or even a stress free work environment? Have you ever noticed some people always seem to get whatever they go after? Are you searching for the same way forward in your own life?
Anthony Robbins says ‘model someone who’s already successful because success leaves clues’. However, the clues do not reveal our goals, our goals lead us to the clues. Before we decide to model another person’s success, we must firstly clearly define the success we seek. If we clearly define our goals, they are much easier to recognise because we are focused on what we are looking for. This means, we will take the shortest possible path to our heart’s desire which makes us excited and motivated to continue on our path of action.
When we develop our goals, we do this in thought form and what we think of, we create in our lives. Did you once upon a time think of becoming a nurse? How did you decide on your last holiday? You have manifested these experiences in your life from the thoughts you once had. You now have a nursing career, and you most probably have photos from your last holiday. These are the tangible outcomes of your thoughts. Our thoughts manifest our realities.
It is important to note, when setting goals, our unconscious mind cannot process a thought structured from a negative perspective. For example, if I tell you not to think of a red car, you must think of a red car so you can stop thinking of a red car. As you stop thinking of a red car, you had to have thought of it first. Our unconscious mind only thinks of something in a positive state, it cannot think of the absence of something without first thinking about it.
In the clinical setting we may become frustrated with certain things that occur out of our control, such as a person constantly ringing the buzzer for the attention of the nurse. We may think ‘I wish they would stop ringing that buzzer so often’ and we may cringe when we hear the buzzer from that client again. When we become agitated with hearing the buzzer repeatedly, our unconscious mind hears ‘that buzzer is ringing again’ and we become increasingly preoccupied and agitated, focusing on this as a problem. If we change our thoughts, we can achieve a different physiological response to this repeated behaviour. For example, if we changed our thoughts to ‘what does this person need to minimise the number of times they call for a nurse’, we move towards a solution focus, and away from a problem related agitated state.
It is also very useful to recognise when our thoughts are resourceful, and when they lean towards being unresourceful. When we are focused on a solution, our thoughts are resourceful. When we are focused on a problem, our thoughts are unresourceful. Both mindsets command different physiological responses. A focus on the problem triggers a physiological stress response, while a focus on the solution triggers a calmer physiological response.
When we become stressed, we have increased cortisol levels in our bloodstream. Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, such as occurs with chronic stress, can impair cognitive performance, suppress thyroid function, cause blood sugar imbalances (such as hyperglycaemia), decrease bone density, decrease muscle tissue and cause higher blood pressure.
Not only can our thoughts determine the emotional calibre of our day, but they can also lead us into a state of illness. That is an absurd paradox from a nurse’s work!
Changing our thoughts can change the results we achieve in our lives, moment to moment, day to day, month to month, year to year or even longer. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking, and modify them, change them to focus on greater results in your daily life. Create your winning mindset now!
For more information go to www.mindfit.com.au/the-mindset-nurse