🧠 Mindset

The 5 Key Elements of a Healthy Mindset

When I was in college, I became obsessed with what I ate and how often I went to the gym. I would track everything that went into my mouth, and I felt guilty if I didn’t go to the gym every day.

Though my body was healthy, my mind was a toxic place because I put unrealistic expectations on myself. One of the reasons why I write and coach about mindset work now is because I know that I am only as healthy as my mind is.

The more I’ve dug into mindset work, the more I’ve noticed certain patterns that hold us back when we’re trying to make changes in our lives. When our thoughts are unhealthy, we tend to succumb to insecurity, uncertainty, overwhelm, and worry.

In this post, I’m sharing five key elements to work on in order to cultivate a healthy mindset. If you’re an overthinker, procrastinator, or perfectionist, this post is for you 🙌🏻

What is a healthy mindset?


A healthy mindset involves finding ways to grow from your thoughts instead of letting them control your life. Rather than dwelling on a negative thought until it becomes overwhelming, the healthy mindset tries to a) move beyond that thought or b) simply accept it.

Instead of obsessing over a positive mindset (I wrote about why you don’t need to do that in this post), we should focus on cultivating a healthy mindset. I say that because you can have a healthy mindset even if you feel negative sometimes.

So what do you need for a healthy mindset?

After compiling as much information as I could from people who have shared their struggles with me (via email, DMs, comments, and coaching), I discovered a few patterns and tendencies when it comes to mindset setbacks. 

Based on those patterns, I created a list of the top five things we can focus on to cultivate greater fulfillment, joy, and success.

These are not rules. I don’t want you to look at this list and think you’re inadequate in any way if you struggle with them. We all do. But if you can take 2-3 things from this list and make a conscious effort to work on them, you will begin to see incredible growth in your mindset.

The 5 C’s of a Healthy Mindset


1. Calmness

The ability to calm your mind when you’re under pressure is crucial to a healthy mindset. When your thoughts are all over the place, it’s difficult to see things as they really are. Calmness comes when you bring awareness to what’s happening and what you’re thinking. By figuring out go-to strategies and practices that calm your mind, you can center yourself and recognize when you’re overthinking or worrying about insignificant details.

2. Clarity

Having a clear idea of what’s important to you is key to dealing with indecision. So much of our brain space gets taken up when we’re unsure of who we are and what we want. When you get clear on your priorities, goals, and values, you can remove the overwhelm that comes from uncertainty.

3. Compassion

One of the biggest contributors to an unhealthy mindset is a lack of compassion towards yourself. When you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, pressuring yourself to be perfect, and doubting your own abilities, you only sabotage your success. Compassion allows you to accept yourself, set healthy expectations, and trust yourself and the journey you’re on. 

4. Concentration

Concentration is about commitment and dedication to yourself. We live in the age of distractions, which makes it all too easy to lose track of what’s important to you and even who you are. When you focus on what other people are doing instead of your own path, you get stuck. Focusing on what matters and making sacrifices with your time allows you to follow through and actually make progress.

5. Courage

Courage helps us take action. When we procrastinate and avoid taking action, we keep ourselves stuck. Courage might sound like it’s about taking big, scary leaps into the unknown, but sometimes courage is as small as tackling a simple task you’ve been putting off. Courage allows us to take imperfect action, and that action helps us to build confidence, resiliency, and strength within ourselves.

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset coach who helps creative overthinkers organize their thoughts, overcome their doubts, and uplevel their minds so they can stress less and take action.

9 Comments

  1. I am currently working my way up to confidence through COURAGE by uploading videos to my youtube channel although I know I am not yet “ready” like other 5-years-youtubers are… after 5 years uploading LOL. It helps already having mastered COMPASSION to look at this ironies and act from courage instead of coming back to procrastination over fear. Thank you ♡

    1. Amazing, Marina! I think a lot of people hold themselves back because they don’t feel like they have the confidence to do something, but I know that I’ve only ever gained confidence in myself by actually taking action. Doing something repeatedly helps us gain confidence!

    2. What is your YouTube Channel? I’ve been trying to do the same thing periodically to gain confidence of my voice being recorded and presenting in front of a camera/audience.

  2. I’m working on clarity, calm, and compassion by journaling, meditating daily, saying my affirmations, and understanding that I am only one person and can’t do everything I want to all at once. I’ve been listing out my priorities and goals, focusing on only those, which right now is physical and mental health. We’re often so hard on ourselves when we really just need time to step back and relax and realize that we are already enough!
    Thank you for this post. Your posts always ease me! :)

  3. This post is so helpful! I’ve really had a bad mindset lately with negative thoughts sort of taking over while I’ve been stressed. I’ll definitely be working on the 5 C’s!

  4. I am currently working on courage. I recently quit my job to go freelance, which required a lot of courage and trust. I have also been focusing on clarity throughout this process, constantly refining my goals and becoming clear on the direction I want to take.

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