2020 is fully here, not only has a new year begun, but an entire new decade!
What an awesome opportunity to give ourselves a fresh start and clean state.
One of my favorite verses says,
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
If God’s mercies are are new for us every morning, can you imagine the mercies and love he pours out in a new year? In a new decade?
I don’t know about you but I am full of expectation when I think of the possibilities of this new year. I truly believe it can be the best year of all of our lives.
One of the greatest determining factors for this year being the best it can be beyond our income, our resources, is our mindset.
Our thoughts become our reality. I saw this most powerfully and practically in my last birth with Hanna. I took an amazing birth class that taught me the importance of visualizing my birth how I wanted it to go and being as specific as imagining myself breathing through each contraction peacefully.
While each birth I’ve had has always had its unexpected surprises, because I went into this birth with a positive attitude and believing contractions were not meant to bring pain but instead to help my body bring the baby down the birth canal, I was much more relaxed and had a much more peaceful labor than my first birth when my mindset towards birth and labor were completely different. My mindset helped shape my reality!
I’m taking that lesson into this new year and decade and I wanted to share it with you as well. 🙂
Many times we want our circumstances to change, but often as we change our mindsets everything around us follows suit.
Here are a few tips for us all in renewing our minds in this new year.
7 Tips for Cultivating a New Mindset for 2020:
- Celebrate victories and acknowledge dissapointments from 2019. I love taking the time to journal at the end or start of a new year to reflect on the victories of the last year to celebrate them and also to take a moment to reflect on any dissapointments and take a moment in prayer to both celebrate and mourn with God. This simple exercise can be incredibly healing, affirming, and can help transition fully into the new year with a fresh perspective.
- Adopt a Growth Mindset. A growth mindset is a term that Dr. Carol S. Dweck teaches on, it’s the mindset that is open to challenges, sees failure as a springboard for success, and sees intellect, ability, and creativity as something that can grow and rather than being stagnant or fixed.
- Surround yourself with others who already have a mindset you would like to adopt. I love my friends and family, and am intentional about surrounding myself with others who are positive, who see the best in me, and inspire me to be my self. This month I’m launching my first ever facebook community group to connect, encourage and empower moms specifically. If you’re a mom and would like to join this uplifting community please connect with me here.
- Choose a new (or reread an old) book for the new year. It’s amazing how reading new information can produce new thoughts, ideas, and perspectives to old situations for us. Right now I’m reading a classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
- Begin your day with Affirmations. As women we often pour out so much, it’s so vital allow God to fill us up and we take the time for real self care. In my first pregnancy I started daily affirmations and it’s been life changing for me. No day is perfect but when we start our day proactively speaking life over ourselves its undoubtedly so much better.
- Take gratitude breaks. Throughout the day, especially moments I start to feel stuck or discouraged I’ll start thinking or even saying things I’m grateful for. I thank God for my children, for their personalities lol, for food to eat, for health, for the big and seemingly small details of my life. Taking those few minutes can completely shift my outlook and day.
- Put up inspiring words and images. Every year I love creating a vision board to have a visual reminder of my goals. I keep mine in my walk in closet “prayer room” area. As I’m getting dressed in the morning I see pictures of healthy foods, decorating ideas, a photo of my wedding day, and I’m immediately inspired to “carpe diem” and sieze the day! Posting scriptures such as the one above on God’s unfailing love for us are also wonderful tools to help renew our minds and keep them in a place of peace and positivity.
I hope these seven tips were helpful and inspiring to you! This is your year. A new beginning and a clean slate. Let’s adopt a new mindset and new perspective for 2020 and watch our dreams unfold as we approach life and others with a new attitude.
What are some goals for yourself or family you’re working towards this year? I would love to hear from and respond to you!
With so much love,