Mindset

How To Overcome Mindset Blocks That Hold You Back

Do you talk yourself out of doing the things you’d love to do? Does you need a mindset makeover? Here's how to overcome your biggest mindset blocks and take action towards your ideal life!

We hold ourselves back from doing a lot of things. We like to blame our circumstances and other people, but we hold ourselves back more than we might like to admit or even realize.

If you have this amazing goal or plan for your future, it can be hard to follow through if your mind isn’t in the right place. This could be related to finding a partner, asking for a promotion, starting a family, or even moving to another country.

Do you talk yourself out of doing the things you’d love to do? Does you need a mindset makeover? Here's how to overcome your biggest mindset blocks and take action towards your ideal life!

When your mindset around these things is skeptical, critical, or untrusting, it’s going to be that much harder to make your plans happen.

To make the changes you’ve been wanting to make for years, it’s time to take a look at your current mindset and see where you might be holding yourself back.

In this post, I’m sharing some tips to help you identify and reconstruct your current mindset around the struggles you’re dealing with right now. With these tips, you’ll be able to move past any mindset blocks you have and create a plan of action so you can reach your goals.

How Do I Identify My Current Mindset?

The mind is a complex place and often we don’t even realize the thoughts we’re thinking. We have thousands of thoughts every day and we can’t possibly be conscious of all of them, especially when they last for a split second.

In order to identify your current mindset, you have to become aware of the repeating thoughts that pop into your head on a daily basis.

Do you talk yourself out of doing the things you’d love to do? Does you need a mindset makeover? Here's how to overcome your biggest mindset blocks and take action towards your ideal life!

For example, you probably have a lot of subconscious thoughts around yourself. Every time you look in the mirror and scrutinize something about your appearance, you’re sending the message to yourself that you’re not good enough.

If you have a particular goal for the future or a change you want to make, you have to pay close attention to the way you think about it. To bring awareness to your thoughts, try journaling or talking to a therapist, coach, or close friend. These are effective ways to get thoughts out of your head so you have a better idea of what’s going on in your mind.

How Is My Mindset Holding Me Back?

If your thoughts around your goals are negative, you’re going to breed more negativity. For example, saying to yourself, “I don’t know if I can do this” or “Everyone else is doing this better than me” or “I’ll never have the money to do this” can start to hold you back from taking further action.

The things you repeatedly tell yourself often come true because you start to decrease your own self-confidence. You have to take ownership for your thoughts and emotions, and you have to believe that you’re capable of reaching your goals. You have to have the unwavering desire to try no matter what.

You have to take ownership for your thoughts and emotions, and you have to believe that you’re capable of reaching your goals.

How Do I Overcome Mindset Blocks?

The first step is to identify your recurring thoughts as previously mentioned. The second step is to actively find ways to keep going, despite any negative self-talk or outside noise from other people.

Read motivational books, listen to podcasts, read blogs, learn new things, and find ways to challenge yourself. There are so many inspirational people out there who have overcome what you’re going through, so follow their journeys to keep you motivated.

On that note, it’s important not to overwhelm yourself with what other people have to say. Meditation and journaling are great ways to connect with your inner self and to clear your head from overthinking.

Make taking care of yourself a priority so you can protect your headspace.

If negative situations like a draining job or toxic family member are on your mind a lot, it’s more difficult to think positively about anything in your life. That’s why it’s so important to constantly find time for yourself to avoid letting the energy of others seep into your mind. Meditate, practice yoga, go for walks, and wake up earlier so you have more time to work on your goals without distractions.

How Have You Moved Past Your Mindset Blocks?

I hope this post has reminded you that you have everything you need to take action in your life. Once you’ve figured out your repetitive thought patterns and how they’re holding you back, continue to practice positive self-talk so you can protect your energy and headspace.

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Catherine Beard
Hey, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset & self-care coach, blogger, and the creator of The Blissful Mind. I’m here to help you enjoy less burnout and overwhelm in your life so you have the time, energy, and confidence to pursue what matters.

5 Comments

  1. This post so tactfully delivers a simple but painful truth–we are often the only obstacle to achieving our dreams. I find that deep breathing and consciously taking time to appreciate the joy of the current moment help me stay positive and progress toward my goals. Often the times when I am the most negative are the times when I’m not stopping to enjoy my life or when I’m ignoring my self-care.

  2. Dear Catherine, thank you so much for this. you dont know how helpful is this for me, I am going through a break up my whole world feels empty right now and for few minutes while I was reading this it helped getting my senses back. Thank you. Keep inspiring people around you never know how badly they may need these words.

  3. Thanks for this great post Catherine. Love this quote: “You have to take ownership for your thoughts and emotions, and you have to believe that you’re capable of reaching your goals.” The way I do this is reciting affirmations, journal writing, and meeting with my tribe to get support, encouragement, and validation from healthy people. Self-care is a daily practice that takes many shapes and sizes, What I tell myself most of all is that I so deserve a happy and productive day!

  4. Congrats on your helpful and authentic posts. I’ve been a Subscriber for a while now and your blog is one of the few I look forward to reading. Last week I shared it with my thousands of FB followers, and I hope you gain some new followers.
    I’ve struggled over the years to establish a more positive mindset and have discovered so many tools that work. Recently, I put them in my award- winning book, “50 Ways to Worry Less Now: Reject Negative Thinking to Find Peace, Clarity, and Connection.” I’d love to share an e-copy with you. If you wish. Also check out my website and media page to see if you’d like to interview me or have me write a guest post. Again, thank you for the clarity and heart-felt writing each week.

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