Just like bread that has been left out too long, your life can become stale if you don’t take actions to renew your mind. Based on Merriam-Webster, renew means "to restore to freshness, vigor or perfection; to begin again." According to the National Science Foundation, the average person thinks up to 60,000 thoughts per day; however, 95% are repeated from the previous day and an astonishing 80% are negative. Sounds like a convincing argument for renewing your mind and intentionally engaging in positive thinking.
Thoughts are the most powerful vehicles in the world for producing change. Everything you see today began because somebody thought it. To renew your mind means to gain a different perspective and look at the world through a new lens. Adopt a growth mindset that thrives on challenge and uses failure as a springboard for growing and stretching beyond your existing abilities. Personal transformation begins with a renewed mind.
The key to renewing your mind is to develop a growth mindset, also referred to in Eastern philosophy as “beginner’s mind.” Coach John Wooden once said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” With beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are only a few. Stay curious and be willing to question the “facts” you once believed to be irrefutable. After all, there was a point in history, when people believed it was a “fact” that the sun orbited the earth―until Galileo refused to conform to that belief.
Stop thinking how things should be and begin thinking how they could be. Spend time with creative people, brainstorming the 72 possibilities of how many uses you can come up with for a simple object like a spoon or a paper clip. Activities like that will help exercise your brain to create new neural pathways and generate new thought patterns. Also utilize meditation and journaling to allow your mind to free flow.