How To Know Whether You Have A Toxic Mindset

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You Absolutely Have To Change Your Mindset When You Do This

How you view yourself influences your happiness. For example, when most of your thoughts about yourself are negative, you are probably unhappy with your life.

In time, your perception becomes your reality. So changing your mindset can make a huge difference in your life. A negative mindset tends to cloud your judgment. A negative frame of mind makes it difficult to distinguish the origin of those thoughts – (external influences or inside your psyche). Here are four signs that it’s time to change your mindset and improve your life:

  1. You Focus on Everything That’s Wrong

    If your attention is on what has disappointed or worried you, this is a sure sign that you may have a negative mindset. To begin to change this mindset, think about those things in your life for which you are thankful. An attitude of gratitude will help keep negative thoughts from overwhelming your perspective.

  2. You Won’t Face the Truth

    Complaining about reality won’t change it. Persistent carping is your refusal to acknowledge and accept the truth. There are things in your life that you can’t change. Denying to see the world as it is, results in you no longer being able to tell fact from fiction. Take action and change those things that you can and accept those that you can’t.

  3. You Become Angry When Your Expectations Aren’t Met

    Your expectations are a huge part of your mindset. Your expectations are possible opportunities that you believe are necessary. If you are always angry that the people in your life (or yourself) have let you down, it’s time to consider that your expectations may be unrealistic. Our anticipations lay the groundwork for our experiences. If we have an unrealistic outlook, we will never content with our life.

  4. You Always See Yourself as a Victim

    When you see yourself as a victim, you hinder your ability to change things to build a better life for yourself. The only way to adjust a “victim” mindset is to decide to reject visualizing yourself as a victim and begin to think about how you can turn things around. That may mean you have to leave your comfort zone and fight for your rights.

Changing your mindset isn’t easy, but it is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself. Learn how to recognize a negative mindset. Become empowered to make the changes necessary to become positive about your life.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
– Proverbs 4:23 NIV


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Nancy Gettridge is founder and principal of Phenomenal Image.  Her passion is helping aspiring women achieve their dream careers (Her guilty pleasures are playing Design Home, reading and suspense movies).  Nancy frequently writes about gender bias in the workplace. Key topics include career development and strategy, leadership, and overcoming workplace issues.

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