Spring is in the air and we’re starting to slough off the weight of winter; lighter days, lighter clothes, lighter bodies – I’ve been thinking about how tight my clothes are after my comfort eating through the dark, winter months. It’s time to start building a new mindset, both for ourselves and our careers.
Shaking off winter isn’t quite so easy as hanging up your winter coat for a few months though, it takes adjustment; a tweak here, a modification there, a bit of tuning up and refocussing. The temptation, as with New Year’s resolutions, is to make large, sweeping changes – but you might find smaller ones easier to implement and maintain. Try these 15 tips to help create a new mindset. Forget about getting Beach Body Ready. It’s time to get Life Ready.
Smile. The mind is a strange and wonderful thing, it analyses your every move and thought, using its vast knowledge of the past to alter the chemical balance of your mind according to how the body is currently reacting. Smile – the brain only interprets the physical data. Smile enough and you’ll convince your brain you are happy, prompting a chemical change to make you happy.
Get Up Early. Get up half an hour earlier each day and use the time to focus your mind on the day. What do you want to achieve? What do you want the day to be like? Write it down and check it off before you go to bed. Don’t blame yourself if it doesn’t all happen the way you wanted it to though, just shrug it off, go to sleep and start the new day.
Take Responsibility. It’s easy to blame someone else; the CD, the director, your agent for a bad day. Take responsibility for yourself, for your own thoughts and, importantly, for your own career. Row the boat as far as you can on your own, and trust that the tide will take you in to shore. If it doesn’t take you where you want to go, agree to go where it does take you.
Do Something For Someone Else. Take the focus off you and push it out into the universe. Do one thing every day for another person – without expecting reward or thanks. In fact, do it in secret. Do something wonderful for someone that no-one else knows about.
Be Grateful. Every night, write down five things that happened during the day that you are grateful for.
Sing. Even if you can’t. Even if you sound like a strangled cat. Sing – it’s a great release.
Dance. I nicked this from Grey’s Anatomy and it’s one of my favourite things to do, honestly. Take a 30 Second Dance Break. Once a day, more if life is stressing you out, just dance for 30 seconds. I’ve done it on tube platforms, in queues, and in my living room. Just get physical and don’t care who’s watching or what they think.
Take A Break From Negativity. It’s fantastic to get together with your mates once in a while over a few beers and bitch, but it creates recurring negative neural pathways in your brain. Soon, every time you get together all you do is bitch. Take a break from negative people.
Be Positive. Every time you hear some news about someone who beat you to that role, or that audition, be as positive as you can. Text them congrats, tweet them a hug, turn your negativity into a positive. Don’t be a hater.
Clean House. I know I sound like your Mum here, but it is scientifically proven that a clean home environment produces a more positive outlook on life. You can’t control the big stuff, so focus on what you can fix, right now.
Set Goals. Every Monday set yourself a goal for the week. “I will learn a new song”, “I will read a play”,”I will go see a show”
Exercise. You don’t have to join a gym and work out like you want to be the next Thor or Wonder Woman – go for a brisk walk. Get off the tube one stop early and walk a bit. Look around, clear your head.
Experience Life. Challenge yourself to experience one new thing every month, be it bungee jumping, or a Zumba class. Get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, surprise yourself, scare yourself.
Have Purpose. Even when you’re just slobbed out on the sofa watching Bake Off in your pants, have purpose. There are 24 hours in the day and each one should have purpose. Resting, sleeping, working – these all have purpose. Don’t let the day run away from you in a haze of nothingness. Purpose & Balance – if you’re spending three hours on the couch watching TV, you need to balance that with three hours of something else.
Know What Matters. When you feel yourself stressing out about something, remember 10:10:10 – ask yourself ‘How much will this matter in 10 minutes, 10 days, 10 months?’ Adjust your reaction accordingly.