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The Power of a Solution Focused Mindset

In a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, our mindset plays a crucial role in determining how we navigate through life's ups and downs. By shifting our focus from problems to solutions, we can unlock a wealth of benefits that can enhance our mental well-being and overall quality of life.

What is a Solution-Focused Mindset?

A solution focused mindset is an approach that emphasises exploring and focusing on solutions rather than getting bogged down by problems. It involves looking at challenges as opportunities for growth and finding ways to move forward constructively. This mindset is rooted in positive psychology and encourages us to tap into our strengths, resources, and creativity to overcome obstacles.

Some of the Benefits of a Solution Focused Mindset:

Having a solution focused mindset doesn’t magically make problems disappear.  It does, however, allow us to shift our focus and face challenges in a more constructive way.  It can reduce stress and anxiety massively, because when we are thinking about what we CAN do rather than what we CAN’T, we operate from the rational, sensible part of our brain instead of the primitive, emotional part.  We are focused on what we can change instead of getting trapped in the problem and that spiral of negative thinking.  We gain in confidence, get better at problem solving and develop resilience.

How to Cultivate a Solution Focused Mindset:

1. Keep a ‘What’s Been Good?’ Diary: End each day by reflecting on things that went well, that made you smile or that you are grateful for. The smaller the better! Gratitude shifts your focus towards the positive aspects of your life, contributing to a solution focused mindset.

2. Focus on Solutions: When faced with challenges, resist dwelling on the problems and instead try to shift your focus to potential solutions. Ask yourself, "What steps can I take to address this issue? What is the first small step I need to take?"

3. Visualise Success: Picture yourself overcoming obstacles and achieving your goals. Visualisation primes your mind for success.

4. Celebrate Progress: Acknowledge and celebrate small wins along the way. Recognising your progress reinforces a positive outlook and motivates continued action.

5. Question Unhelpful Thoughts:  If you find yourself stuck in a negative thought spiral, ask yourself ‘Is this thought helpful?’.  Almost always, the answer is no.  Then ask yourself ‘What would be a more useful way of thinking about this?’.

All of this takes practise.  The more you practise the stronger the new, positive neural pathways grow.  Stick with it, over time it will be your default way of looking at situations and will come quite naturally.  If you’re struggling, try giving Solution Focused Hypnotherapy a go? It really can be life changing!

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