How to Change Your Mindset [Part II]

Making media meaningful

Daniel P. Donovan
3 min readMay 27, 2020


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If you want to make lasting and meaningful change in your life, you must adopt a winning mindset first. There’s no other way around it.

Problem is: Changing your mindset is often much easier said than done.

That’s why I’m dedicating the following series to helping you do exactly that. Each day, I’ll dive into one specific (and highly powerful and effective) way to nurture a mindset that works for you instead of against you.

Yes, my friend — when we’re all done here, you’ll have all the tools you need to take your mindset from “I could never do that” to “Look out world, I can do anything!” faster than you ever thought possible before.

But it’s to you to put in the work and make the change.

So without further ado, let’s dive into Mindset Method #2.

Mindset Method #2: Make Media Meaningful

Let me ask you something…

How often do you consume media that’s negative in nature?

Once a week? Once a day? Every hour? Every minute?

If you’re like most people, your consumption of negative media is likely incessant — meaning that negativity never pauses and never stops flowing.

It’s not your fault, either.

Doom and gloom gets attention. That’s the way we’ve been conditioned and it’s not likely that’s going to change anytime soon.

For example…

Open up Facebook (if you have it) and just scroll for a minute. While you’re doing it, count how much negativity you see. Maybe it’s fear-based news. Maybe it’s a friend or acquaintance venting for attention. Maybe it’s someone virtue-signalling and belittling others.

Whatever the case, it’s certainly not hard to spot.

Now, unless you’ve already taken the time to curate your feed before, my guess is that you’re stumbling on a lot of content that’s provoking feelings of sadness, fear, remorse, anger, agitation, annoyance, etc — rather than feelings of excitement, joy, enthusiasm, hope, or love.

And what do you think this type of content is doing to your mindset?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Without proper mental training (which many people don’t have) your mind acts like a delicate little sponge absorbing the essence of everything it observes. And when the content you’re consuming is based in fear, worry, doom and gloom, etc — your mind has no choice but to become charged with the energy of those emotions.

And the same is true when you consume the news and any negatively-charged movies, TV shows, programs, books, etc.

Garbage in = garbage out.

This is not how you build a healthy mindset.

Instead (if you do choose to consume media) what you should do is, you should try to filter out as much of that negativity as possible.

Unfollow all the pages that peddle fear.

Unfollow “friends” and family who vent and complain.

Hide all the virtue signallers who bring you down.

Leave room only for that which lifts you up and inspires you.

Your goal should be to immerse yourself in as much positive content as you can. Listen to podcasts about personal growth and development. Read books that motivate you to become better. Watch videos that make you laugh, smile, or help you learn something new.

Believe it or not, you get to choose nearly EVERYTHING you consume — and those choices are directly related to your overall state of mind.

So, if you want a mindset that works for you instead of against you, filter out the negativity and make your media meaningful.

You’ll be surprised how quickly that simple act can charge your mind for happiness, growth, and success.

Halt right there!

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Daniel P. Donovan

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