I love the quote above by Albert Einstein.  I have been listening to a lot of great videos on mindset over the years.  Our mindset is key to how we live our life.  This is not all about just being positive, it is about training the brain to look at things in different ways.  
Our brain is the most powerful tool we have, but many of us never tap into its full potential because we get into mundane routines that cause it to go into autopilot.  Most of us are where we are today because of the habits or routines we have created in our past.  If you want different results, you need to change your patterns.  If you want to wake up your brain, you need to try doing some things differently. 

For example, if you take the same drive every day there have probably been days you are not even sure how you got to work.  Your brain went into autopilot.  If you want to stimulate your brain you could drive a different way or listen to something that gets it to wake up.  If you don’t like the way things are going, it is time to change something up in your routine.  Many small steps can lead to big changes.  Like the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”   
If you are tired of the same daily grind, it is time to change up your routines.  Your mindset matters.   

Here are some simple tips to improve mindset: 

  1. Start your morning listing things you’re grateful for.  These could be big or small things that are special to you. Instead of waking up with doom and gloom, this gets the mind off to a positive start.   
  2. Listen to uplifting things throughout the day instead of negative things.  I have almost completely stopped watching the news because I don’t want to start my day with negative or end my day with negative. I also started listening to positive music, upbeat podcasts, recorded sermon series, or inspirational YouTube videos. 
  3. Question if your thoughts are even true.  Often our minds are led by fear.  Is what we believe true or is it a perceived problem?  Try to look at the situation that you might be fearing from a different angle.  Worrying is a learned behavior, has never once solved a problem, and almost always makes the problem worse.  If worry is a learned behavior, we can learn how to worry less.  ​
  4. Giving is living.  Do more for others!  When we do things for others, we get our minds off our self.  We will almost always improve our mood and feel better after. 
  5. Changing your routines up a little throughout the day will stimulate your brain.  Smile in a mirror, stand up straighter, move your body and hands in an excited way, and speak in a more upbeat voice.  These simple things change the way our body feels and can change the physiology of what is happening in our bodies.   

Here’s a CHALLENGE!!  If you are having a bad day, just try smiling, raising your eyebrows, and sitting up straight.  I can almost guarantee you will feel better than frowning, scrunching your face and sitting in a slumped over position.