Is Your Mind A Prison Or A Playground?

In Life, Well-Being

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 Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.

I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.

I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.

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