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Mindset Creates Your Reality

Mindset Creates Your Reality

Does it ever feel like you are a rat on a treadmill and you can’t get off? You try harder and work longer hours, yet the results seem to be the same. There is a popular definition of insanity…“Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” Sometimes we have to take a step back and evaluate what we are doing and whether we are holding ourselves back from success.

The Little Engine That Could is a children’s story that teaches the value of optimism and hard work. Do you sometimes feel that a job is too big for you to handle? Do you feel overwhelmed with the details and difficulty of the task? The little train’s mantra: “I think I can. I think I can.” It was a supreme effort but she kept chugging along repeating, “I think I can.”

If you think you can, you can, it’s a matter of mindset. We need to convince our subconscious that we can achieve a new higher goal in order to find success.

Self-talk is important since it is that little voice in our head that is our reality. Our subconscious mind absorbs the message and accepts it as fact. If you continually hear your voice telling you, “You are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, etc.,” it becomes your reality. It doesn’t matter how often others confirm you are all these things if you don’t believe them yourself.  

People often say, “Fake it until you make it.” This can help in the short term, but you actually have to believe you can achieve the goal you set for yourself. The little voice in your head has to be providing positive affirmations to encourage your drive for success. It is important to preserve and overcome any limiting beliefs we might hold about ourselves and our ability to succeed.

Back in the ‘90s, Saturday Night Live had a skit with fictional character Stuart Smalley who looked in the mirror and repeated, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” It made fun of the movement that recommended self-affirmations in order to transition into the life you wanted or for achieving the goals you had set for yourself, but research has shown that positive self-talk is important.

If we think we can succeed, we will succeed. Because everything in the universe is made up of energy, our thoughts create energy. We attract back the energy we are sending out. As the Beatles sang, “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” It is this synergy that confirms if we continue to have passion for our goal and focus on it, success will only be a matter of time.  

Act as if you have already achieved your goal, because this belief will continue to move you forward rather than immobilize you. The quality of your results depends upon the quality of your thoughts, maybe it is time to change your thoughts to change the outcome you seek.


Nancy Peltonen serves as President/CEO with The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on committees for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Palm Bay Maker Faire Committee, and State Small Business Expo Partner, and still finds time to volunteer with many local organizations and travel the world. Nancy’s accolades include 2017 Community Excellence Award, 2016 Business Acceleration Summit Heart of the Community Award, 2013 Woman of Excellence, 2011 & 2014 Woman of the Year for the American Business Women’s Association Space Coast Express Network.


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