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Your state of mind can make or break your day… if you let it. A success state of mind isn’t just an empowerment platitude of the positive thinking movement. Rather, the thoughts you choose—no matter the outer circumstances—don’t just make a difference… they make all the difference.

The game of success in life is one of increasing our awareness and our capacity. Interestingly, increasing our awareness often increases our capacity, and vice versa.

One way to do this is through the state of mind you choose. And that’s the incredible thing. You get to choose.

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When State of Mind Happens to You

You roll over and yawn. Your eyes open slowly as you glance at the clock trying to remember what day this is.

“OH NO!!!  It’s LATE!!!”  (Perhaps you blurt out a few expletives too…)

You leap out of bed, run to the bathroom and quickly start you morning routine on hyper speed. You get ready in half the time, grabbing a banana and cup of yogurt as you run out the door.

Typical State of Mind

Now some semblance of this has happened to all of us at some point. If you’re human, waking up late, forgetting an appointment, or some other alarming event has happened to you.

What happened in this hypothetical scenario, is that you awakened with a JOLT which caused a rush of adrenaline that helped you get more done in far less time than you normally do.

Typically, most people wake up groggy and shuffle to bathroom head hanging, shoulders down, eyes only partially open. This physical postural programming is often accompanied by mental dialogue that can go something like this. (Perhaps you’ll recognize one or more of these).

“I’m so tired.”

“I didn’t sleep so well.”

“It’s going to be a rough day.”

“Another day of grind… the same ole, same ole.”

“The weather’s yucky.”

“I wish it was Friday.”

“There will probably be a lot of traffic.”

“The line at Starbucks will be too long, so I’ll have to drink the coffee at work.”

Add to this list your own of thoughts that cycle through your usual morning bed head. What kind of mind chatter runs through your typical morning? Most of us are not aware of the degree to which we can sabotage ourselves.

But here’s the thing, to wait for a success state of mind to happen to you is like waiting to win the lottery, or waiting for your perfect job to find you. It may happen, but far better the odds if you choose it and create it.


Don’t wait for state to happen to you. You can create the state you need, when you need it.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

Don't wait for state to happen to you. You can create the state you need, when you need it. ~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

Create Your Success State of Mind

The fastest way to turn your day around is to choose to change your state of mind. You can transform stinking thinking into positive thinking at any moment.

In the preceding hypothetical scenario, your automatic reactions took over and caused you to bolt into action. It’s important to remember that you can create that more vigorous state at will. YOU control your body-mind system, and you can program it to do your bidding.

Elevated thinking is required to achieve more than you’ve achieved before. One way to change your state of mind is to simply ask yourself:

“How would this [situation, person struggle] look from a positive success state of mind?” 

You can induce an elevated state of being at will by the state of mind you choose.

You have the power to choose your state of mind. In fact, you’re the only one who can choose that for you.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

You can induce an elevated state of being at will by the state of mind you choose. 
You have the power to choose your state of mind. In fact, you're the only one who can choose that for you.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

Don’t Jinx Yourself

The following conversation happened recently on one of our brand’s Facebook pages.

A nice conversive lady with a physical disability confining her to a wheelchair commented on something she enjoyed and had discovered she was good at doing.

Trying to be helpful, we offered ideas of fun work she could get paid for, doing what she enjoys. She said:
“Maybe someone will come along and offer me a job. But I fear as soon as it becomes a job, I might start resenting it and stop enjoying it.”

That lovely lady visits our page often and is typically cheerful and positive, even though she says she has a meager and difficult life as a result of a physical malady. She’s likely not aware of how she may be repelling success from herself in both of these sentences.

  1. She was “waiting for an offer” rather than seeking it out.
  2. She immediately discounted doing something she enjoyed because of the meme, or state of belief, that if it is work, it would ruin it.

That’s actually such a common societal meme that we’ve probably all heard it more than once. For reasons we won’t go into here, because it’s an entire essay on its own, suffice it to say that there are several limiting beliefs and negative conditioning in those few thoughts.

It’s not an uncommon belief amongst creators and hobbyists, to say things like that about work. Such thoughts perpetuate programming about work as drudgery. However, creative entrepreneurs delight their work because they love what they do.

We all have these unconscious programming and perpetuate them more than we realize because, well, most of it is unconscious! We all limit ourselves and our potential far more than we know thanks to conditioning by our own perceived limitations as well as that of others. Awareness is key, and the more we focus on personal development through learning, growth, meditation, and goal setting, the more aware we become.

Never wait for success to happen to you, for it never will without your effort. A success state of mind is proactive and takes action.

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, b. 10/11/26

Awareness is Power

Most people live unaware of the degree to which we reinforce our fate, and craft our life through the habits and thoughts that make up the bulk of each day. Chances are we may not even be aware of the memes that have created the beliefs which have contributed to the conditions in our lives, good or bad.

Change your mind, and you can change your state. Change your state, and you can change your mind.

The fastest way to turn your day around is to change your mind about it.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

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But How to Change Your State of Mind..?

But how do you do that?

One way to get motivated is to seek out positive people, places, and environments. We can set up our own ecosystem of positivity through physical or virtual connections. Whether friend or digital mentors through books, podcasts, free YouTube interviews, or things like these Mel Robbins quotes. When we seek out a different state of mind, we open a door for positivity to rush in.

When we’re feeling stuck we can simply consciously choose to use some of the same physiological techniques we use automatically when we’re late and had to rush to get ready. Or invoke the energy of enthusiasm through gratitude, joy and vigorous movement.

Our dogs know how to do this. They can be asleep or lounging lazily, and mention the word “walk” and in an instant they transform into unbridled joy. If we don’t mention the word and they’re ready, they bark at us, and dance around excitedly, doing everything they can to get us up off our duffs and moving.

If dogs can, then for sure, we can.

7 Steps to a Success State of Mind

Here are seven strategies that help to bring about a confident and empowered success state of mind if applied:

  1. Get vigorous. Walking, running or dancine vigorously calls on your adrenaline. You can induce it at will. You can literally change your physical state in just seconds and minutes.
  2. Humor helps. Laugh at your sour face and foul thoughts. Point at the joker in the mirror and laugh at him/her. (Kindly… humorously…). It helps to laugh at yourself playfully.
  3. Get positive. You can easily find motivational videos, quotes and podcasts to help you change you state.
  4. Boogie! Put on some of your favorite toe-tapping, foot stomping music and get up and dance with it!
  5. Call a friend. Don’t ask them to commiserate with you. Ask them to cheer you up, cheer you on and pull you out of your funk.
  6. Stand tall. Changing your posture, changes your state. Body language is another form of communicating to yourself and the world. When your shoulders sag, stand tall instead. When you feel weak, do a strong action instead.
  7. Set Daily Goals. We can’t get to where we want to go if we don’t set a destination and plot a course there. It’s the same with our goals.

State of mind is a daily practice, like your art… like your business… like your craft. Daily effort makes all the difference.

That’s why the iCreateDaily brand focuses on mindset and attitude, even above craft and commerce. We cover those too, but without a winning, positive state of mind, you—and your creations—will struggle and suffer.

For more on mindset, check out this article.

You are the creator of your life. Create the state you want to live in, and set up residence.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

You are the creator of your life. Create the state you want to live in, and set up residence.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

Contributions from the Community

“I’ve become aware of the mindset changing power of memes. Some good some bad. Our mind monkeys eat what we feed them. Feed them hope, joy, and love.”
~Shannon DeAnna Schofield, poet, author, gardener beekeeper, b.2/23/1977

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