Are You Sabotaging Yourself with a Bad Mindset?

Are You Sabotaging Yourself with a Bad Mindset?

Hey, you! Yes, you! Have you ever felt like you are stuck in a rut, and nothing seems to be going your way? Do you often ask yourself, “Why does everything bad happen to me?” If so, it might be time to check your mindset… and get out of your own way! Being your own worst enemy won’t get you anywhere… fast!

A bad or negative mindset is like quicksand – if you keep struggling you will continue to sink further. It’s a negative, self-limiting belief system that holds you back and keeps you from reaching your full potential. But guess what? You can change your mindset and start living the extraordinary life you deserve!

Here are some common pain points that can arise from a wrong mindset, along with some helpful tips for overcoming them:

#1: Self-Doubt

Do you ever doubt your abilities and question your decisions? Do you feel like an impostor who doesn’t belong? Well, you’re not alone. This debilitating feeling is something that many people suffer from but now enjoy the rewards of success. So, it’s time to ditch those self-limiting beliefs and start owning your awesomeness!

Solution: Talk to Yourself Like You Talk to Your Best Friend

When your best friend is down on themselves, you won’t hesitate to lift them up and remind them how amazing they are. So why not do the same for yourself? Practice the art of positive self-talk and focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

For instance, if you’re about to pitch a new idea at work and feeling nervous, channel your inner superhero and say, “I got this, baby! I’m smart, I’m confident, and I’m going to rock this presentation!”

#2: Fear of Failure

Are you so afraid of failure that you avoid taking risks altogether? Well, let me divulge a little secret – failure is not the end of the world. Instead, it’s often the beginning of a new and better chapter in your life.

The world is full of stories about people who overcame failure and became incredible successes. Check out people like Abraham Lincoln, J.K. Rowling, Colonel Sanders, Serena Williams, Walt Disney, and Oprah Winfrey. Read about their heroes’ journey from struggle through adversities to success. They will inspire you!

Solution: Fail Forward!

Embrace failure as a natural part of your learning process. Every successful person has failed at something, and so will you. But that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means you’re human, and you’re growing.

It’s not uncommon for successful people to encounter challenges and make mistakes. However, it is often how they learn and grow from those experiences that contribute to their success in the long run. Many successful people attribute their success to the lessons they learned from their failures and mistakes.

So, take that new salsa class you’ve been eyeing, even if you think you have two left feet. If you fall on your booty, laugh it off, and keep going. Remember, failure is only a temporary setback, and you’ll be one step closer to success and three side steps… cha-cha-cha.

#3: Negative Thinking

We are all familiar with the metaphor of the glass being half-full or half-empty. We all know how to answer that, to make ourselves look better. But the real question we must ask ourselves is: Do we spend more time focusing on problems than solutions? Well, it’s time to shift your perspective and start looking for the doors of opportunity and creating positive changes.

Solution: Practice Gratitude and Spread Joy

Take a moment every day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. It can be as simple as a warm cup of coffee, a kind smile from a stranger, or a gorgeous sunset. Focusing on the positive will attract more positivity into your life and spread joy to those around you.

And when you catch yourself thinking negatively, pause and reframe your thoughts. For instance, if you’re stuck in traffic and frustrated, say, “I’m grateful for this time to listen to my favorite podcast or rock band on the radio and take a breather.”

#4: Comparisonitis

Are you constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling you’re falling short? Well, let me remind you that you’re one of a kind, and that’s your superpower. The only person you should ever contemplate compare yourself to is your former self on your path to personal growth.

After watching a new film, we frequently hear people say: The book was better. Our lives are very similar in that we are much deeper on the inside than what people see on the outside. As a result, we allow their opinions to influence how we see ourselves.

Solution: Celebrate Your Wins and Stay in Your Lane

Instead of wasting your time comparing yourself to others, focus on your progress and celebrate your victories – no matter how small they seem. Whether it’s finishing a book, hitting a fitness goal, or finally organizing your closet, give yourself that little pat on the back and keep going.

And if you find yourself scrolling through Instagram, feeling jealous of someone’s perfect life, take a break and remember that social media is often a highlight reel. You never know what’s happening behind the scenes, so stay in your lane and focus on your journey.


Just know this… you’re amazing and deserve to live your best life. But a lousy mindset can hold you back and keep you from reaching your full potential. By recognizing the symptoms of a bad mindset and taking steps to overcome them, you can transform your life and achieve your goals.

So, check your mindset now, and start reprogramming it for success. Practice positive self-talk, embrace failure as a natural part of the learning process, focus on the positive, and stick to your own path.

Remember, changing your mindset is a journey that won’t happen overnight. But with patience, persistence, and a healthy sense of humor, you can create a positive, empowering mindset that will serve you well for years.

Now, go out there and work it! You got this!

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About the Author: Miles Austin