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5 Valuable Resources For A Positive Mindset

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We are hardwired to be pessimistic!  It’s our survival instinct.  So it can be a challenge to cultivate a positive mindset.  Our ancestors relied on this survival instinct to keep them out of trouble (e.g. the jaws of a sabre-toothed tiger).  Very useful for them.  Not so much for us!

So, most of us need to work on this stuff.   We need to ‘train’ for happiness and a more positive mindset.  Here are some resources I’ve found along the way which I would highly recommend to help you to do just that!

5 valuable resources for a positive mindset

1.  The Work

I recently came across this free resource when it was recommended to me on a group coaching course.  I had asked about resources to help identify and overcome limiting beliefs.

The Work is a very simple process based around a worksheet and a series of questions.

The introduction explains that The Work is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all your suffering.

According to the website, people who do The Work commonly report:

  • Alleviation of depression
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved relationships
  • Reduced anger
  • More energy
  • Increased mental clarity
  • More peace

The author of The Work, Byron Katie explains that the process was born out of her realisation that she couldn’t change the world around her, but she could change her thoughts and beliefs.

I would definitely recommend watching the videos on the website before embarking on The Work.  They bring the process to life.  The video with Katie’s daughter (entitled ‘She Betrayed Me’) was particularly useful to me.  Watch it all the way to the end, there is a bit of a surprise in the daughter’s story!

2.  The Breaking Barriers Challenge

I absolutely LOVED this 5-day course from Lindsay E Preston.

Each module consists of a 15-minute video with worksheets so it’s really quick and easy to fit in around life.

Lindsay is an extremely knowledgeable and helpful life coach who has produced a simple system for breaking your barriers down.

The idea is to take one step at the end of the 5-day challenge.

Mine was to make enquires about a life coaching course.  I’d identified a course but had been putting off making contact, I wasn’t quite sure why.

The lesson that helped me the most was the one on ‘breaking blocks’.  Lindsay encourages you to write down your fears about taking the step but then also your fears if you don’t do it.  Genius!

I’m pleased to say I have now taken that step!

This is definitely a resource I will refer to again and again – particularly if I’m stuck or procrastinating over something.

The course is normally $47.00 on its own, but you can pick it up as part of the incredible Productivity Bundle from Ultimate Bundles.  This fantastic bundle consists of 46 resources.   Here is a full list of all the resources includedYou can also read a more in-depth review of the bundle here.

3.  Ignite Your Life

This is another course included in the Mindset & Self-Care section of the Ultimate Productivity Bundle

One thing I loved about this course is that because it’s hosted on the Udemy Platform, you can download all the lectures.  So I listened to them in the car.

The course does also come with a number of exercises and worksheets, so it’s important to spend time going through those as well.  (Not in the car obviously!)

Jess Stuart, the author and coach behind the Ignite Your Life course says it will help you to:

Embark on your journey to create the life you’ve dreamed of living.  Find meaning and purpose, embrace your authenticity.  Learn how to define your own success and achieve your potential. Overcome fears and navigate failure to achieve your potential and live your dreams.  Build resilience to help you through the tough times and create a life you love with powerful goal setting and practical tools to apply to your life now.

I found the course to be very comprehensive.  I particularly liked the section on resilience and self-care plus the section on overcoming fear and failure.  Some useful stuff to add to your toolkit!

4.  VIA Institute On Character

Jess Stuart talks about ‘discovering your passion’ in the Ignite Your Life Course.

A fantastic resource I have found to help you with this is this completely free survey tool from the VIA Institute On Character.

This survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will identify your top character strengths.  (There are 24 in total, examples include honesty, creativity and kindness).

Why do you need to know your character strengths?

The VIA Institute explains:

Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:

  •   Buffer against, manage and overcome problems
  •   Improve your relationships
  •   Enhance health and overall well-being

Here is an extract from my completed survey.

via survey results

So honesty is my top strength, closely followed by a love of learning and perseverance.  I would definitely agree with these.  I can now use the results from this to help me to do more of what I’m good at. This ultimately makes me happier, with a more positive mindset!

5.  Pig Wrestling

Yes, really!  I absolutely loved this brilliant book by Pete Lindsay and Mark Bawden.

pig wrestling book

The book tells the story of a stressed young manager whose teams are falling out.  He gets chatting to the Barista in the coffee shop in the offices where he works.  The Barista begins to tell him the story of a pig in a pen.  It’s a strange story, but that makes it all the more memorable!

The manager is then sent on a journey to meet other business owners who share his office space.  They each tell him their own bit of the story.

I loved the concept of this book.  The pig story makes the problem-solving steps the manager works through easy to recall.

Moral of the story, if you feel like you are wrestling a pig in mud, then you are going about solving a problem in entirely the wrong way!

Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it – George Bernard Shaw

So there are my 5 resources for developing a more positive mindset.  Have you tried any of them?  Or are you going to check them out?  Do you have any other resources that you love and could recommend?  Let me know in the comments!

Other related posts you may like:

Power Of Your Subconscious Mind – How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs

9 SureFire Ways To Achieve Your Goals


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  1. Kat

    Thank you for sharing these resources! I’ve been meaning to check out The Work and Pig Wrestling sounds pretty interesting too! Thanks again!

  2. Marie

    These sound interesting. When I’m feeling less overwhelmed I will take a closer look 😁
    Thanks for sharing positivity

  3. Anonymous

    Haha this was a cool read Alison, thank you for showing us about the different resources! The Work seems really interesting and so does pig wrestling haha! I thought you literally meant pig wrestling until I saw the book cover 😅 silly me! Thank you for sharing! ❤️

  4. Chloe Chats

    Thank you for sharing all of these resources! I quite like the sound of The Breaking Barriers Challenge, it sounds good that its a course that you can easily fit around you life and sounds super helpful and positive. I think I’ll have to check that one out 🙂

    Chloe xx

    1. Alison

      Thanks Chloe, I really enjoyed the breaking barriers course, it’s one I’ll revisit whenever I encounter blocks along the way I think!

  5. hanmwill

    Some really interesting resources here, thanks for sharing them! I’m definitely finding it hard to stay positive lately so I might check a few of these out!

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