If you have a lever and a well-placed fulcrum you can move anything. What this means in a practical sense is, you don’t have to depend on physical ability alone to generate enough strength to produce the results you desire. The more you move your fulcrum—or mindset—the more you can lengthen your lever to generate more power. If you shift the fulcrum to a “positive” mindset, your lever’s power is intensified. On the other hand, if you shift the fulcrum the other direction with a “negative” mindset, you will be weakened. Simply put, by changing the way you think, you can transform the impossible into the possible. It’s not the weight of the world that determines what you can accomplish, it is your mindset.
Leverage is a powerful force that will provide the strengthen to move or accomplish anything you want. The secret is to use a positive mindset as a well-placed fulcrum. The challenge we all face is what is referred to as a “negativity bias”—an adaptive response of the human brain, which served humans well when hunting with spears on the savanna thousands of years ago. In modern times, however, this thinking pattern leaves you reacting to difficult conversations or traffic jams as if your life was in danger. Pay attention to when you slip into a negative mindset and shift into positive. If you do it repeatedly, for long enough, you’ll create new mental habits that will cause your brain to rewire.
Begin each morning with positive rituals and affirmations that set the tone for the day. Look for the good in everything, regardless of how small. Utilize humor to offset negative self-talk in difficult situations and surround yourself with positive, uplifting people. A positive mindset is the most powerful tool you possess.