Understanding The Power of the “I Can Do Anything” Mindset
In this journey called life, we are not unfamiliar with setbacks, challenges, and obstacles that often pop up to test our resilience, determination, and I believe the sheer self-belief we hold for ourselves. Amid all these so-called life tests, some quit believing that the adversities are too much to go through, and some who persevere. Those who persevere carry a “Can-do” mindset. They believe that they can do anything and thrive on this attitude.
To them, challenges and setbacks are just hurdles that they know they can overcome with confidence. They don’t see these obstacles as anything other than learning opportunities and ways to grow.
So, do you have a “can do” mindset? Do you believe that the power of optimism can win over pessimism?
In this article, we’re exploring the benefits of having and cultivating a “can-do” attitude and how you can keep improving yourself to develop a can-do mindset.
The Benefits of a “Can-Do” Mindset
Believing you can do anything is a powerful tool to have. This attitude can make you think positively about yourself as well as those around you. This does not mean that you allow toxic positivity to overwhelm you, but it means that you choose to look at the bright side of things rather than fixating on the negative ones.
Having a Can-Do mindset can bring benefits to your overall well-being. Some of the benefits of having a Can-Do attitude can include;
Self-esteem is how you view yourself in your eyes and how you see yourself being perceived by everyone else. It’s a way to determine if you like who you are and what your self-worth is. Having a Can-Do mindset means, you have high self-esteem because you trust in yourself and your abilities to make things happen as you want.
In a study, it was found that acts of kindness can boost self-esteem in teenagers. Over 600 teens were assessed, and the study aimed to examine how self-esteem was linked with acts of kindness towards loved ones as well as strangers. The outcome showed that random acts of kindness helped boost self-esteem and acts of kindness towards strangers had more positive effects than acts of kindness towards loved ones.
It is also believed that people with a Can-Do attitude are more confident and have a stronger resilience to stress. They avoid comparing themselves to others, have strong performance in personal and professional relationships, and know how to set strong and healthy boundaries to keep themselves away from toxicity.
Another benefit of having a Can-Do mindset is that when you live with this attitude, you begin to keep an optimistic attitude for the future. You stop looking at the future in bleakness and imagine that one day there will be a hopeful future for everyone. You visualize that your dreams and aspirations will come true, bringing with them inspiration and happiness.
When you believe that you can do anything, no matter what hurdles come your way, you increase your motivation to keep going. Parents use this technique to motivate their children. Instead of saying how smart they are, parents use language such as, “You have worked hard on this. I am proud of you.” for motivation. Using such phrasing can help children and adults feel motivated.
It is also believed that having an optimistic attitude and a Can-Do mindset can be linked with exceptional longevity. In a study, it was shown that high optimism was associated with longevity, meaning that people who lived with a Can-Do mindset might live longer (beyond the age of 85) than those who didn’t. Of course, demographics and other economic factors also play a role in optimism and longevity, but the results of the study seem to indicate that optimism is an important factor in promoting longevity.
What to Do If You’re a Pessimist?
If you have been living with a pessimistic outlook, then you can reduce pessimism and adopt an optimistic attitude. Here are some ways you can reduce pessimism:
- Recognize the negative thoughts and challenge them. Question the negative beliefs that often follow you around.
- Study the consequences of your negative attitude. For instance, when you tell yourself that you’ll never be good enough, see how that makes you feel.
- Motivate yourself to feel better about yourself once you realize that thinking positively about yourself makes you feel good about yourself.
- Remember your small successes and achievements to feel better about yourself and your future.
- Keep practicing to develop an optimistic attitude. It takes patience, practice, and determination to stop being a pessimistic person, but you can do it!
How to Embrace a “Can Do” Mindset?
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to believe anything and everything is possible. It can’t always be good to keep thinking positively only. However, if you’re striving to embrace a Can-Do attitude, then here are some ways to help you out;
Surround yourself with optimistic people
Look around you and see who you hang around with. If you’re surrounded by pessimistic people all the time, then it’s likely that their pessimism might affect you. Instead of surrounding yourself with negative people, choose to surround yourself with optimistic people. Try to hang out with people who encourage positive thinking and open-mindedness.
Focus on your goals
When you face challenges, try to focus on yourself by focusing on your goals. If you had a setback while working on something, remind yourself that you’re near the end and that you don’t have to give up, not yet. This will help you keep going and eventually develop an “I can do it” mindset.
Motivate yourself, every day
Take some time to review the progress you’ve already made. Doing this small review will help boost your confidence and even motivate you to keep going. If your goal is to lose weight, say 5 pounds, then remind yourself that you’ve already reduced 1 pound. You’re halfway there!
Try thinking of the future
You can also use future thinking to motivate yourself further. Imagine succeeding in something you’ve been looking forward to. Imagine the benefits you’ll reap once you reach your goal. This can also coincide with visualizing your future. Picture the outcome of your goal and imagine it happening now.
Let go of negativity
To embrace the Can-Do mindset, you need to let go of negativity. If you’ve been disagreeing with a coworker or a loved one, then let go of your argument. You can also walk away or ask to hold the disagreement until you’re both of a clear mind to discuss it further.
A Can-Do mindset is a powerful tool that can drive you to embrace challenges and setbacks as opportunities in the face of adversity. By developing and embracing a Can-Do attitude, you can break free from limiting self-beliefs, encourage personal growth, and inspire others to do the same.
When you embrace the mindset that you “can do anything”, then you get one step closer to believing in yourself and your ability to achieve anything you set your mind to. It’s a great way to unlock the power resource of unlimited potential that is within you and embark on a journey that is filled with self-discovery and success.
I hope you’ll embrace the Can-Do mindset in your life too now that you know how this attitude may benefit your overall health and well-being.
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