Is Your Mind A Prison Or A Playground?

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The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

My Mindset Prior To Travel

Before I hit the road, I lived in my own prison, and I wasn’t even aware of it.

Everything I thought was coming from a place of scarcity and lack.

I’d feel negative sometimes for no reason and blame it on the cold weather or something else outside myself in the external world.

I convinced myself that my life was based on “luck” and that my thoughts were the way they are because that’s how they were.

I was trapped by my thinking and I woke up one day and released that I needed to escape from the prison of my own mind.


Escaping From My Prison 

In 2014, I couchsurfed with a guy called Jesse in Orgegon, USA.

Jesse was a remarkably optimistic and ambitious individual who introduced me to the power of the mind.

After just 7 days with him, he gave me the wake up call I needed and managed to put me on the path towards shifting my perspective on my own mindset.

One thing he told me was that I created my own reality and my experiences. He explained how many people believe that the external world shapes our internal world but in fact, it’s the other way round.

This blew my mind.

I was struck by the realisation that I was setting the limitations for my life, and that all along I had control over my thoughts and reality.

Since that day, I’ve made an effort to consciously work on my mindset. I started with my thoughts, observed what I was thinking and slowly but surely reconditioned myself to think about my world in terms of abundance. Now I want to take the time to share with you what worked for me.


How To Break out of Your Prison

1. You choose your thoughts –Do you look at the world in terms of abundance or scarcity? You choose and shape your reality. What you are experiencing in day-to-day life is not happening by chance. You can change your thought patterns through mindfulness. Observe your thoughts as they come up – try not to judge and see them from a neutral perspective, then consciously eliminate the ones that aren’t serving you.

2. It’s Contagious – One negative thought leads to another and BAM, you have entered a downward spiral of negativity. As a result, be wary of the information you are consuming on a daily basis. Consciously choose to spend your time around positivity. Choose to hang out with positive people who think in terms of abundance and want to improve others around them. Do this long enough and it will eventually rub off on you.

3. Monitor The Way You Speak – What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? Thoughts become words and words become actions. Words such as “can’t”, “won’t”, “don’t”, “shouldn’t”, “couldn’t” are deadly. They will limit you and shove you right back in your prison. Remember, the words that come out of your mouth are ALL your choice.

4. A Good Friend – Other people’s perceptions of you are powerful because we tend to get caught up in an image of ourselves. This is how I approached my own prison. I confided in a good friend to help me reframe my mindset. Do the same by asking a close friend to help profile you, and let them help you identify your blind spots.

5. Take Full Responsibility – If you think the external world is affecting you and your life then you are never going to take responsibility for what is happening in your life. If you don’t take responsibility, you will never change your actions.

You must take 100% responsibility for ALL of your thoughts, beliefs and everything that happens in your life, despite ego telling you the problem isn’t you.



Life can be much broader when you make a conscious decision to become the bearer of your thoughts and beliefs.

The world is filled with tonnes of scarcity and abundance. But remember, the frame you adopt is your choice, and sure enough, you’ll get whatever you ask for.

Remember, you don’t have to live in the prison if you don’t want to.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,

Daniel Beaumont, 15th October 2016

About the Author

Hello everyone, I’m Daniel – a 27 year old writer from the north of England, currently living in Bucharest, Romania, where I’m currently writing my first book.

I am passionate by the human experience, especially the connection between travel, life and personal development.

Since 2012 I’ve been on transformational journey, travelling 40 countries across 4 continents.

During my journey, I discovered that travel is a great catalyst for one’s personal growth, and now I want to share want i’ve learned and empower others to embark on their own personal travel journey.

Feel free to read more about my story or get in touch with me here if you have question.

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