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How to Adjust your Mindset from a Negative Nelly to a Positive Polly (without being annoying AF)

Bold & Pop : How to Adjust your Mindset from a Negative Nelly to a Positive Polly (without being annoying AF)

A few weeks ago I shared how I was in a little bit of a creativity slump and how I got my mojo back but what I didn’t tell you is that part of that had to do with my mindset. Every now and then I find myself slipping into a little more of a negative mindset than I like (even though I actively try to stay positive!)... and as a business owner, you know how important your mindset is! This can have a serious impact on your confidence and overall success as a biz owner. I truly believe that when I’m in a great mindset, our business flourishes even more… it’s like the universe is trying to reward me for being positive. (I know that may sound a little cray butttttt I’ve noticed this a lot throughout the years and seriously, being positive will never hurt so why not!). So I’m sharing a few tips on how I quickly adjust my mindset to get myself personally back on track so I could focus even more on crushing our goals at Bold & Pop! Can I get a whoop, whoop?! 

Daily Gratitude

Chances are you’ve heard the idea of saying 3 things you are grateful for each day to start your day off on a positive note. This is a great reminder that no matter what is going on, you always have something in your life to be grateful for but let’s be real… when you’re not in a great frame of mind, you get easily distracted and can forget to do this regularly.

This is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago so what’s a girl to do?! While it’s easy to leave yourself a note on your mirror or on your computer screen, I personally start to tune those things out (yes, even if they are right in front of my face!). So I decided to set a reminder on my phone for the same time every single day! This way I get a notification and even if I look at it and don’t do my daily gratitude right away, the notification keeps popping up until I mark it complete. I haven’t missed a day since I’ve set this reminder.. YAY!

Another thing I recently started doing is writing down the 3 things I’m grateful for in a little journal. There’s something about actually writing these types of things down that seem to be much more effective (I’m also a huge fan of writing down my goals). It becomes more concrete for me and really helps transform my frame of mind to conquer anything!

Set Password to Goals

This is something I’ve actually done for a while but when you set your passwords to something that reflect a goal or helps inspire/motivate you, you’re reminded of it every time you type that password in. This helps keep you focused on whatever it is you want to achieve. It may seem simple (and maybe a little silly) but like I mentioned in my first point, writing down a goal makes it more concrete and this has the exact same effect!

Revisit Your Vision Board

One thing I do at the beginning of every year is create a vision board. This can be such a great way to set your intentions, focus, and goals for the year ahead (still don’t believe me, check out why we think you need a vision board!) And while I have my vision board out where I can see it every day as the year goes on, I don’t always look at it as often as I should. Just like with leaving a note to remind myself to share my daily gratitude, I tend to tune things out that are always there.

Lately I’ve been actively revisiting my vision board… Maybe not everyday but much more often than I was (no joke, I go stand in front of it and look at it while I brush my teeth..). This new practice has helped me first realize some of the things on my vision board I’ve already accomplished while also helping remind me what else I’d like to do this year. Seeing what I’ve already achieved instantly puts me in a good mood and gives me all the positivity I need to know I can accomplish the rest as well!

If you don’t already have a vision board, I suggest start by making one. They are seriously fun to create a visual representation of your goals and the life you’d like to create for yourself... Like a fun little scrapbook, crafting project! 

Be Nice to Yourself

How often do you think something negative about yourself? I bet you’d be surprised how often these thoughts pop into your mind! We’re all our own worst critics and we often feel that we’re not good enough (especially as business owners!) so it’s really easy for negative thoughts to creep into your mind.

Because of this, it’s important to actively and consciously be nice to yourself. Everyday you should say at least one nice thing about yourself first thing in the morning. If you need to set a reminder on your phone like you did for your daily gratitude, DO IT! Go stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself how capable, smart, beautiful, amazing you are!

Trust me you’re going to feel pretty silly for a while but you will be shocked at how much this helps change your perspective of yourself and helps build that oh so important confidence you need as a business owner. It will become much easier to deal with the regular rejection we get as business owners because you know who you are and what you’re good at. You’ll start to carry yourself a little differently with that confidence which will naturally attract clients, customers, and just people in general to you. We are far too hard on ourselves… It’s time to be a little nicer. 

And there you have it! A few small adjustments each day, week, and month will lead you into a completely different mindset and open so many new doors for you!

Do you do anything on a regular basis to try to stay positive? Share with us in the comments!

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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What Happens When You Force Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

Bold & Pop : What Happens When You Force Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

We’ve all heard it, “Great things never come from comfort zones” or “If it scares you, you should definitely do it”. While we all may agree with these statements, it can come sometimes be extremely difficult to actually take that step out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter if it’s in your personal or professional life… It’s freaking scary. (Seriously, check out Anna’s blog about networking!) But that’s why you sometimes HAVE to force yourself to do it. Like somehow physically and mentally force yourself to do whatever it is that scares you.

I had a serious realization about two months ago when I decided to try rock climbing for the first time in about 20 years (I can’t believe I’m old enough to actually say that statement! 🙈) and how it translates into both my personal and my professional life.

So here’s the scoop… I’ve been dying to go rock climbing again so when I moved to North Carolina I decided to give it a shot! Not only did I think it would be fun to try but maybe I could meet some new friends while I’m at it. I finally mustered the courage to sign myself up for an intro to climbing class. When I arrived, it was just myself and a family of 3 which, helloooo was a little awkward. If you don’t know, rock climbing is usually done in pairs with one person climbing and the other on the ground basically keeping you from falling to the ground if you slip. This is where my hang up started.. I don’t know these people! How can I trust them to keep me from falling to my death??? (I also realized, I may have some serious trust issues too... )

Long story short, I didn’t make it to the top on any of my climbs (literally I didn’t go to the top on the kiddie wall either!) and I was left wondering if rock climbing was really for me. But as a part of my class, I got a 2 week pass where I could go and climb as much as I wanted during those 2 weeks. They do have a machine called an auto-belay where you can actually climb by yourself so I thought this may be better for me… Trust a machine over a human you don’t know? Sounded better to me.

I decided that Monday I would wake up early and go climb when it would be less busy and see how I felt. When Monday morning rolled around and my alarm when off, I did NOT want to go. I was so nervous. What if there’s a ton of people and I look like silly because I can’t make it to the top of the wall again? I had to give myself a little pep talk and physically remove myself from bed to the gym.

Did I make it to the top on my first climb up? No way. I got halfway and thought, Oh my gosh! What if there’s a malfunction and this doesn’t hold me??? So I decided to let myself down and get comfortable with the auto-belay. That was all I needed. I made it to the top each time after that. I’ve pushed myself to try harder walls and I’ve even slipped a few times trying something I haven’t done before!

Bold & Pop : What Happens When You Force Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
Bold & Pop : What Happens When You Force Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

So what in the world does this have to do with business you ask? EVERYTHING! Those quotes about great things never coming from comfort zones.. Yeah, they’re 150% true. When you constantly push yourself you learn new things about yourself and you realize the limits you have set for yourself are only in your head. I realized I was scared of going back to try again because I reallyyyy wanted to be good at rock climbing and didn’t want to look ridiculous while I learned. But to learn new things, you have to start somewhere, right? I didn’t know what I was doing when I started my first biz but I started it anyway, made a lot of mistakes with that first one, learned a lot, and now know SO much more than when I first started.

Bold & Pop : What Happens When You Force Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

My point is even when something is extremely uncomfortable, if you want it, you have to go after it.. Even if you have to physically remove yourself from bed. Not only will you learn something new and learn more about yourself but I can pretty much guarantee every single time you overcome a fear or step out of that comfort zone, you are going to be pretty damn proud of yourself. And as a business owner, that’s a pretty essential piece to success and happiness if you ask me.

So I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and just TRY this year. It’s time to live outside your comfort zone and make some amazing things happen!

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!