How Having A Strong Mindset Can Help With Your Success in 2017

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Awaken the giant within you, one of my top reads for the year 2016. A year where I practiced controlling my mindset and curbing my limiting beliefs. A year where everything actually turned out awesome for me. I became a regular contributor to a local print lifestyle magazine "dazzle", I worked with more brands on my style blog Nothing But Velvet, I launched my online instagram branding course ,I worked with budding and thriving online entrepreneurs on my podcast, I went to Paris for the second time and met some amazing people, and thensome.I think in all, we can say that It was a great year. Right?

But what changed?What made 2016 so different? One secret.I changed my mindset. But I did not only change it, I activley practiced improving it.Growing it, moulding it into a shape that will only bring out the best in me and my capabilities.You see, the thing is we all want something out of life.We all want to be awesome.We want to reach our fullest potential & it's absolutely easy to make the decision to want that. The difficult part is maintaining and acting out on that decision. And with life always throwing curveballs at us it can become quite easy to be distracted from our path, from our goals, from our greatness. And sometimes we don't even realise it until we are just about to tip over the edge, and scramble to get everything back in place. But how do you ensure that you curb your limiting beliefs? I will share with you a 2 things that you can activley do in order to start today. No actually Right NOW!


Yes, as cliche as it sounds, everything we have done,earned and achieved started with the decision to do it. And because we were adamant about it, that ensured it's full manifestation. That's the secret ingredient. Being adamant and firm on that decision. In my goal setting course, I speak about our motivation drivers. What is it that makes us do what we do. What is it that makes us set specific goals. And one of the key things I speak about in that course is that if you embark upon something because you aren't fully embracing or ready of it, at some point you will fall off. The same goes with changing your mindset.If you aren't ready to accept that change "which is a dynamic change by the way", you will stray. You will be easily influenced by the distractions to fall back to where you initially were, which brings me to the second point. Actions.

ACT OUT That Decision

Of course, getting to the level you want to be requires much more than making a decision.Much much more than making a decision. In order to get the momentum going action is required. But sometimes it's difficult to know where to start. For mindset growth I believe that it's a slow process,it doesn't happen overnight;which is why you need to map out a process. A few pointers:

  • Start Small. Start infusing small amounts of mindset shifting content into your life every single day.This could be in the form of motivational podcasts,reading 1 book a month or two, following an uplifting instagram account tailored to personal development. By starting small, you set the pace for your mind to accept the change. Imagine being a negative nancy for 10 years and 1 day you go ham on personal development books,cds,courses, etc.. That's a huge leap right. And making such a dymanic change can lead to burnout,overwhelm,and giving up.
  • Start Incorporating More. When you have set the stage for your mindset growth, it becomes easier to embrace more change. This is the stage where you will become fully embracing of your greatness. At this point, you can start a transformational course, start journaling your growth, your change, your needs, your goals. You can start reading more books,and educating yourself more about changing your mindset, eliminating liminiting beliefs and thensome.At that stage, you become to be fully aware of what you want out of life.
  • Thinking Big.This is my favourite phase, because it really puts things into perspective. It makes you realise that you are growing and you are capable of much more than you allow yourself to believe.I believe that at some point during our mindset transformation, we must make a second decision. A decision to leap into things we are afraid of. A decision to launch into an avenue we have been wanting to take for a while, but we just weren't ready. With a strong mindset coupled with journaling, activley engaging and educating yourself, this is the stage where you begin to make your dreams happen. When you begin to embrace your greatness. Where you begin to see what you can really achieve in life and your business, because (1) YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND and (2) YOU HAVE AWAKENED THE INNER LION IN YOU.And of course letting it go to waste is not an option.

As humans it's ok to be afraid of the unknown. But at some point we need to be brave enough to step outside of our comfort zones and do something drastically good for ourselves.Take charge of our lives and it's direction. Not only for our sanity, but also in order to live an abundant life. Here's a question for you, what's one thing you really wanted to do this year and what kept you back? I'm sure most of you will say that you probably was afraid, you lacked finances etc. But the reality is, these are excuses. Harsh but true. They're excuses because if you really set your mind to working on that decision and manifesting that goal, you would be further than where you currently still are. No greatness happens overnight. We have to be resourceful,learn,grow and work with what we have until more becomes available.And even believing that requires mindset work. The bright side of the situation is can start right now. Start by listening to one of my most popular podcast episodes "Using your challenges to your advantage". Until next time. xx Menellia

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