6 Tips To Get And Stay In The Right Mindset

I am going to tell you a quick story about this hill I had been trying to get to the top of while running for the last three months.  This article is not necessarily to get you to start running or literally climb up hills, but I believe this story will help you understand how important a positive mindset is in achieving your goals. This will also show how a minor shift can make all the difference.

So there is this gradual hill that is on my way back from a 2 1/2 mile run out.  It’s not very steep at all, but it is on the longer side and goes for about a mile.  Am I in good enough shape to run up that hill? Yes. Do I normally run more than 2 1/2 miles? Yes; I can typically run 5 or 6 miles without stopping. But for some reason, for 3 months I had not been able to get up this particular hill. What I had been doing is what I thought was best; just putting one step in front of the other and look ahead. Could never quite do it.  It’s frustrating when you put your mind to something and no matter how many times you try, it doesn’t work for you.

One morning I decided to try something different. I decided to go against looking ahead while running and instead pull my baseball cap down and stay focused in on my feet, putting one step in front of the other and force myself not to look up.  Guess what? It worked! I made it all the way up that 1 mile hill (and it wasn’t that difficult). The most difficult part was forcing myself not to look up as I was running to see how far I had left.

Wow! Three months of doing things the way I thought I should be doing it (and continued to not get the results I wanted). But then making one minor shift in my running,  changed my mindset and made all the difference!

So how do you keep your mindset in check to keep positive and help you achieve your goals? Are there some things that you perhaps need to do to switch things up?

Intentionally check your mindset throughout the day! - Cynthia Bazin Click To Tweet

Here are some tips to get you into a positive mindset and keep your mindset in check!

6 Tips To Get And Stay In The Right Mindset

  1. Create An Environment of Positivity
    In order to create a positive mindset and keep it in check, I totally believe you must have an environment around you that supports this. One of the things that is especially important is having a positive inner circle of people that love you and support you for who you are. The people in your inner circle should also be people that are action takers and hold you accountable when you need it.  Another thing that I believe creates an environment of positivity, is having a clean, uncluttered and bright space. A clean space in my mind is a focused space. 
  2. Keep The End Goal In Mind
    By keeping the end goal in mind, what you are doing is sort of ‘kicking yourself in the duff’ that you don’t have any time for the ridiculous to creep into your life. For example, if you need to get in better shape, by keeping that end result in mind, you’ll hopefully be focused on keeping your mind on healthy options for eating or opportunities to exercise. If you are needing to write and finish a book, by having the end result in mind, it will help you eliminate those distractions when they try to knock you off your productivity.
  3. Pay Attention To Your Thoughts
    As you go through the day, be very mindful of what you are thinking. Actually stop yourself when you can, identify and write down what you are actually thinking of a situation. Evaluate if it’s positive or negative thoughts that are coming out and if they are not good thoughts, actually question whether your thoughts are rational. If they are not, that can be a catalyst to do one of these other tips. 
  4. Shift Emotionally and Physically When Necessary
    I had to shift what I was doing physically in my running which actually changed how I felt emotionally running up that hill.  Sometimes if you are in a place where your mindset is negative or sad (or just not working for you), sometimes just getting into a new environment helps lift your mood some. How about listening to some positive music to get your mindset in check? The key is to think of things in your life that bring you joy and when you need to be lifted up, turn to those things. 
  5. Don’t Think Too Long – Take Action
    Action is really key. How many times do we get out of a positive mindset when we just keep swirling ideas in our head? It’s natural that when we keep things inside of our head, we start doubting ourselves. Take some sort of action and adjust along the way.
  6. Talk It Out
    It’s very important to have someone to talk with when things are bad. We all have times when we feel stuck, sad or negative. Sometimes friends can be the people you talk with, but sometimes it’s more appropriate to talk with a professional mentor, pastor, counselor or therapist on the situation. The key is, if you can’t work it out yourself, be sure to find the right person to talk it out with. You deserve the greatest happiness. Now is your time!

Let’s look at this week’s contributors for their thoughts on this topic!

Jacques Grooms (Pastor P.) who does ministry on Periscope,  Facebook and other social media platforms says: “I keep my mindset in check and realize my assignment is bigger than me. Also I make sure there’s a system of accountability in place of people who’s input I respect even when it hurts.”

Lindsey Roberts who is passionate about music and singing says: “I turn on the radio, I sing a song, or I play a tune. In each chord, lyric, melody, and rhythm I find life’s positivity. I find my smile. I find my reason. I find ME. Berthold Auerbach puts it simply “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Terri Klass of Terri Klass Consulting, LLC says: “I initially step back from the challenge and just breathe. I try to reframe my perspective in a familiar way so that I can relate to it. Then I think of positive steps to face my concerns. Taking action is key. Never sit on a challenge too long because it only gets worse, especially in our minds.”

One of the keys to achieving your goals is having a great mindset. -Cynthia Bazin Click To Tweet

Mindset is such a powerful thing! There are so many things you can do to get into a positive mindset (and get back to it if needed) but I hope the 6 tips above and the tips from our contributors resonated with you! What tips most resonated with you in getting into a positive mindset? Post your comments! I would love to hear from you! And I will reply back to you! 

Cynthia Bazin is a Mentor for both men and women in the areas of Personal Development, Business Branding and Strategy.  She is also a Keynote Speaker and ongoing contributor at Good Day Sacramento. Reach out to her today at www.smartchic.me.

2017-10-31T03:46:28-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|19 Comments


  1. Rick Costa October 31, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I always love Cynthia’s powerful yet simple and easy to apply tips for every day life!

    • SmartChic October 31, 2017 at 6:34 am - Reply

      Rick, you inspire me so much each and every day. Thank you for being awesome and taking the time to comment!

  2. Beth Hoover October 31, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Paying attention to my thoughts, how I feel and moving past negative thoughts quickly. Cynthia has taught me that even a small mental shift Helps to keep moving forward, stop wasting time and staying stuck.

    • SmartChic October 31, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Beth! Thank you so much for your feedback on what resonated with you in this blog post. Yes, it is so important and helpful to pay close attention during the day what our thoughts are. I do this every day! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I appreciate you greatly and you are so amazing at what you do. Have a great day!

  3. Lindsey Roberts October 31, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Fantastic blog!! This resonates in so many levels with me, challenges me to shift other areas of my life to find that positivity, that focused mindset. Thank you for the opportunity to a part of this blog and thank you for all your hard work, perspectives, challenges, and advice to find focus and happiness.

    • SmartChic October 31, 2017 at 6:50 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Lindsey for your contribution to this blog and your amazing support! Every day we must pay attention to our thoughts and do everything we can to stay in a great mindset. Have an awesome day and I am here for you! Keep moving forward!

  4. Steven October 31, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I love this blog

  5. Minister Pam October 31, 2017 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Talking it out is key for me. But oh my goodness, the vision of the hill! If I can look at that hill, that giant, with a different mindset, I know I can conquer it. Thank you Cynthia.

    • SmartChic November 1, 2017 at 4:35 am - Reply

      Yes you can conquer it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you Pam!

  6. Deb Gil October 31, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

    This blog really sums up perfectly everything that I have learned from watching your broadcasts over the last 10 months! From day one you you have authentically listened and encouraged me during a very difficult transitional season in my life. Who would think that an online platform could be used to impact people in such a powerful and real way? I was skeptical at first but there was just something so real about you that kept me tuning in.You are truly remarkable! I now know that I do have the power in me to make the permanent positive changes that I desire. Not by merely listening to positive and encouraging messages but by finally getting off my duff and taking action and applying them in my life.It is never too late in life to make a positive change! Even if all I can do is one baby step at a time, it is all progress in the right direction! I am so grateful for your commitment to make a positive impact in the world and I am forever blessed to know you and consider you a friend!

    • SmartChic November 1, 2017 at 4:33 am - Reply

      Deb! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. You are amazing my friend. This next year is going to be truly amazing for you. I am here for you every step of the way. You are awesome!!!!!!

  7. Joseline Rey-Sutton October 31, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Cynthia knows how to challenge you to take action. The steps listed in this blog are vital to shifting the way we think. Our Mindset can either slow down our progress or quantum leap you into your destiny. Thank you Cynthia for your passion and sharing – along with your contributors- such great content.

    • SmartChic November 1, 2017 at 4:31 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Joseline for your beautiful words. I greatly appreciate you! Have an awesome day and thank you for taking the time to comment!

  8. Alli Polin November 1, 2017 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Love your story and your encouragement to check our mindset and take action! I too often tell myself something is too hard or I’m not ready before just going heads down, taking action, and getting through it. Will share!


    • SmartChic November 1, 2017 at 4:29 am - Reply

      Great day to you Alli! YES, so important for us to take action, even if we don’t think we are ready. Because we normally are ready! Head down and go for it! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and share. I appreciate you!

  9. Lisa Bechtol November 1, 2017 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Its funny, I read this article and smiled as I realize how much truth came in a small package of words, from people that share their gifts daily through inspiration, through music, motivation, and accountability. I took those words to heart yesterday as I had a bit of a difficult one but heard Pastor P giving that strength, turned up the music as Lindsey suggested, and yes Cynthia, head down and completed the fitness part of my day feeling stronger and less stressed than when I walked in. Thank you for sharing these tips, and allowing all of us to be uniquely ourselves, accepting our differences, and accomplishing great things at our speed.

  10. Joshua Ello November 1, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    It’s amazing how your vision impacted your success! Focusing on what was right in front of you got you where you needed to be! Awesome lesson for life!

  11. Terri Klass November 1, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Love your post, Cynthia and your determined attitude to try looking at a problem through a new lens!

    I too get stuck in one place sometimes and just staying positive as you share and taking action can really help us take smaller steps towards our ultimate goal! Proud of your accomplishment and “stick-to-it” attitude!

    Thanks for also including my thoughts!! I appreciate you Cynthia and all that you share! You make a difference!

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