Mindset – an introduction
Understanding “Mindset ", your “self” perception, can have a dramatic effect on how you execute your life.
Mindset – an introduction
“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.” Carol Dweck
The concept around “Growth versus Fixed Mindset” discussed by Professor Carol S. Dweck, has become more than just the belief that intelligence is not fixed and can be developed. The critical premise that Dweck has asserted with her model was that you could focus on a passion for learning, rather than a hunger for approval.
Fixed mindset – talent is seen to be a natural quality or attribute that you either have or don’t have;
Growth mindset – ability is something that can be developed, through effort, practice and persistence.
As regular podcast listeners will know about myself, I have been leading companies and sales teams for over 30 years. One key element to my success, when faced with the changing economic and global landscape, has been to adopt a “Growth Mindset”. I have often shared with a colleague, friends and families, the downside of being responsible for the revenue in organisations has been living with targets and budgets 27/7. The sales team within organisations live with the target even when your head hits the pillow and even when you are on annual leave. When you own the target it becomes a living thing inside of you.
Having a positive outlook on things, therefore, has become second nature to me. I am encouraging you, should you be considering how to approach these varied times, in 2020 dealing with COVID-19 and its impact, to consider that you can reprogram yourself and adopt a “growth mindset”.
Here are a few things I recommend you consider immediately, to set yourself on a new pathway. All involve keeping a brief journal.
Consider your Environment – the places you visit, the people you speak, the habits formed around you. I encourage making a list of one full week. Noting the people, words, places and topics you covered. Draw two columns. The two headings are Positive | Negative. Reflect on these notes and see if others are heavily influencing your thought process and behaviours.
Consider your words – language is a very powerful tool. The words you speak have a dramatic impact on your mindfulness. For example, declaring over your day before evening leaving the bed, that’s it’s going to be terrible, is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. Learn to use strong, positive words, I can, I will, I must, It will be fine etc. Even ask others close to you to call out what regular phrases or words you use. I once did that and counted the number of times I said a particular phrase, I was shocked, you may gather I have since deleted that phrase from my vocabulary.
It’s all just Stuff! – Accepting that stuff happens from time to time, is part of developing a positive mindset. We named this site, Deal With Stuff for a reason. I do understand sometimes really big stuff happens to us, and in the process, lives change forever. However, in my interactions with the many communities I serve, I have noticed a trend amongst both the happiest people and successful people I meet. Let us not define success as wealth related, rather let’s define success as a number of small wins that mamas to something big. The trend is people are pragmatic and honest about what can be achieved, and the resources available.