Developing the right mindset
I am a strong believer that success and happiness are all about mindset. Your mindset and belief system affect everything in your life from what you think and feel to how you act and react to the world around you. Our mindsets help us to spot opportunities, but they can also trap us in self-defeating cycles.
The first step is to understand your current situation and mindset.
There are generally two types of mindsets: fixed and growth. A fixed mindset limits your chances of achieving success since you do not believe in your ability to learn, to adapt and to perform better. On the other hand, an individual in a growth mindset believes in their ability to keep learning, adapting to changes, gaining greater experiences and generally improving their knowledge and skills. The goal is to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.With a growth mindset, you are always looking for ways to learn and develop and better yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’ve reached your goal. You’ve come to enjoy the process so much that you keep pushing yourself. When you have a growth mindset, learning isn’t a chore. It’s a way of life.
Our mindsets help us to spot opportunities, but they can also trap us in self-defeating cycles.
Developing the right mindset can take time.
To get started, focus on learning new skills and putting yourself in new situations. By overcoming adversity, you’ll begin to develop faith in yourself. Change the way you talk to yourself. The conversations you have with yourself are a direct reflection of your mindset. If you are telling yourself “I am not good enough to achieve my dreams”, your thoughts will create your reality and your mindset will hold you back from having the life you want. To upgrade your mindset, change your negative self-talk to an empowerment speech.
Developing the right mindset is not about being constantly happy or cheerful, and it’s not about ignoring anything negative or unpleasant in your life.
It’s about incorporating both the positive and negative into your perspective and choosing to still be generally optimistic. It’s about acknowledging that you will not always be happy and learning to accept bad moods and difficult emotions when they come. Above all, it’s about increasing your control over your own attitude in the face of whatever comes your way. You cannot control your mood, and you cannot always control the thoughts that pop into your head, but you can choose how you handle them.
The conversations you have with yourself are a direct reflection of your mindset.
You accept that things will go wrong but you focus on identifying a solution, implementing it and moving on. You know that you might fail at a task but that doesn’t make you a failure. In fact, it affords you a valuable opportunity to learn and improve. With a personal growth mindset, you are happier, healthier and you have a zest for life, you know that new opportunities lie just around the corner. Just as the body needs to be fed healthy, the mind must be kept well-fed too.
A growth mindset is a lifelong quest because you never stop learning.
Let’s not give up, take on new challenges, seeing only opportunities for fun and learning. There may still be tough times but when you have the right mindset, you are more resilient.