“You will not create change in your life until you feel it in your core that your life must change. This either happens through crisis pain… Or by getting wildly excited about creating a life you love. Don’t wait for crisis pain. Start now to get passionate about living an awesome life, as a strong, growth-directed person, and feel this desire as a ‘must’ in your core.” ~Karen Salmansohn
Did you know that the way you frame setbacks influence how effective you are in dealing with them? One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned is that true transformation starts when we recognize the broad influence beliefs has on us. Beliefs shape our direction in life.
There are two quotes of the American philosopher and psychologist, William James that I would like to share with you, to begin with. The first one is: “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” The second one is: “If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.”Harness the energy of hope Click To Tweet
Because we can’t always control our circumstances, this post offers a proposal to rise above them. To think like a warrior and act like a goddess. This means matching mindset and habits with what you want to experience. At this point you may be asking yourself, but how can I do that when things go wrong? My answer is by harnessing the energy of hope. Shane Lopez, Ph.D., in her book Making Hope Happen, mentions that hope is the basis of all positive change because hope is the belief that things could be better and one can make them so.
How to shift from hopelessness to hopefulness
Hope is a skill and like every other skill, it must be practiced to be fully developed. Make hope your discipline by:
- Keeping your focus on what you would like to expand
- Focusing on what’s working
- Believing that you can make things happen
- Focusing on possibilities
- Making your future goal come alive
- Taking action toward your goals
- Finding multiple ways to overcome your obstacles
- Committing to your desired outcome
- Dwell on all the good feelings that hope brings
How to think like a warrior
The core question to answer here is: What do you want to believe about you? Then shift your mindset to activate those beliefs about you by:
- Adopting an expansive inner voice
- Disputing pessimistic thoughts
- Challenging the accuracy of your inferences
- Finding meaning and purpose in your challenges
- Reclaiming your power
- Owning your strength
- Exercising your own will to follow your heart
- Redefining your flow
- Choosing to keep going
How to act like a goddess
The central question to answer here is: How do you see your future-self behaving? Then start to behave in that way by:
- Channeling the energy of your hopeful self
- Embodying those traits
- Acting in alignment with that version of yourself
- Building on your small wins
- Learning and growing continually
- Being open to new ideas
- Assuming a “power pose”
Accept my invitation to rekindle your hope. To think like a warrior by defining your new hopeful beliefs and protecting them. To act like a goddess by building a vision of your new hopeful self and behaving aligned to that vision.
I would love to close with this quote of Dr. James Loehr and Peter McLaughlin, from their book Mentally Tough, “No matter how negative you feel, act positive. Fake it… You will become what you have pretended to be.” Act the part. Reach beyond setbacks toward a greater power within. You’re a warrior goddess!
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