At the start of the summer, myHCN began hosting special webinar workshops offering guided meditations, discussions about cultivating healthy mindful habits, and practical ways to shift to a sustainable conscious mindset. We've dived deep into conversations about noticing thought patterns and cultivating abundance — specifically when it comes to professional growth.
While this may be easier said than done, we have some tips to share that you might find beneficial as you clear the 'clutter' to make space for positive thinking and mindful habituals.
1. Taking inventory of thoughts, emotions, and limiting beliefs — without judgment. That last part is key. This is the practice of passive observation without harsh self-criticism or pinpointing thoughts and emotions as your identity. Once you recognize that your thoughts and emotions do not define you, so begins the process of letting go of limiting beliefs or unfavorable patterns of thinking that may come in the way of your professional growth process. Practicing meditation is one way to practice this skill, and as we have emphasized in our workshop sessions, having thoughts does not make you 'bad at meditation'! It means your brain is alive and well. Meditation is simply a method of observation and increasing awareness around said thoughts and emotions.
2. Gratitude Journal. Taking account of things in your life that you are grateful for is an extremely effective and beneficial practice to hone in on the power of positive thinking. As we have already established — you are NOT defined by your thoughts. However, your thoughts are still an extension of your awareness and energy expenditure. Rather than focusing all your valuable time and energy on what needs to be 'better', it pays to spend some time appreciating all that you have accomplished to-date. In the context of professional development, it can often be a slippery slope when you start thinking of all the reasons your dislike a job, position, or salary. However, it can be powerful to shift your attention to all the positive outcomes that have derived from holding said job, position, or salary — even if it was just the experience itself! Cultivate the habit of writing a couple things are grateful for, and notice how this might shift your mindset for the better!
3. Set Intentional Goals. Although it is beneficial to be grateful for your achievements, opportunities, and unique personal storyboards, it does not imply that your should be complacent or stagnant! If you are ready for a change, albeit a career switch or pursuing a new program in higher education, you owe it to yourself to make it happen. Passive observation of thoughts and gratitude are great tools for your journey, but active intentional goal-setting is essential to yield the change(s) you are seeking. Setting intentional goals require laying out specific actionable steps that you can perhaps check-off a list or count as the necessary prerequisites in order to making the dream of transformation, a reality.
4. Seek mentorship and guidance. This is definitely one of our favorites. While your aspirations are as unique as you are, and your way of getting there will be as unique as the prints on your fingertips, chances are there is someone who has done something similar before. Seeking support, whether in the form of mentorship, therapy, guidance, or even just asking a family/friend you trust, can be incredibly refreshing. When we are able to open up about our dreams, the gap between a far-off fantasy and close-reality starts to lessen. It might also offer you fresh perspective to see things from another angle, which can be tricky when you're in the weeds all on your own! Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
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