We often use the phrase I changed my mind to explain a minor shift in behavior like switching our choice of entre at a restaurant. When is the last time you changed your mind about something important like your livelihood, your lifestyle or a relationship?

Part of my work in coaching is to help people break through an impasse that is blocking them. Most of us hit these walls when we are overwhelmed by too many to-dos, confused by conflicting demands, immobilized by opportunities or sometimes just stuck in a rut.

Whatever the reasons given, our way is usually blocked by a mindset. I’m too busy. I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve it. Do any of these ring true for you? If so, is it time to begin changing your mind about something important? Here are a couple of suggestions for starters.

A rut is a routine on steroids; a mindset is an attitude. You can begin to change both by replacing chunks of your daily routine. Start with a small step and build on it. If you spend 30-45 minutes on social media each day, replace 15 of those minutes searching websites, books or magazines for phrases or images that convey your vision of the change you wish to make.

Start a journal. Add a single entry each day – one quote or picture you have found that inspires you and moves your energy toward your vision. Keep it simple. One consistent action over the coming month will become a new routine.

As you gradually modify other routines, you will transform your attitude and the messages you tell yourself. Shifting your mindset can lead to changing your life.