What Is Meant By Mindset?
‘Your mindset is a fixed mental attitude or disposition that pre-determines a person’s responses to situations and his inter- pretation of those situations. This attitude influences his actions in any given situation. A state or frame of mind, attitude, approach and outlook in life. You can train yourself to have a certain mindset’ – Chris Oyakilome
Wow! It appears where we end up in life is determined by our mindset! So if where we find our self in life is not where we consciously desired to be, the way to turn things around is to first work on our mindset, (an inside job), and as it is changed, so does our direction in life, (the out- ward manifestation). But how do I change my mindset to give me what I desire in life?
Do you know what the one common difference is between you/I and every successful person on the Planet? It is our MINDSET. The successful person’s mindset is set to succeed! Whereas ours were set to keep us where we are! Safe, (so called) and seemingly ‘stuck’ going around in circles never making any real progress! Busy going nowhere like a hamster on a wheel.
When Did Our Programming Start?
Our mindset is largely programmed by society when we were very young. Some of the programmers were our very own family members who brought us up. None of this rather destructive programming was done maliciously however. They all simply passed on to us what they were taught as children and came to believe as truth about life.
Such things like, ‘Money does not grow on trees’. ‘No pain, no gain’. ‘Good things come to those who wait’, (and wait and wait…). ‘Money is the root of all evil’, etc. All of these seem rather harmless and to some even truthful.
However, to a young impressionable mind, these are poisonous beliefs that will have serious repercussions, (results) later in life, (often for life), until we know better!
‘Mindset is a fixed belief system formed by our past experiences, education and training’ – Dr Robert Anthony.
Some Results of Our Programming!
Have you noticed our ‘fixed belief system’ has done a huge job at keeping us there in the past, running on the spot, so to speak, being busy yet never really making any real progress despite our best efforts to bring about changes in our lives?
In the main we are working on the wrong end of things. We think if we can only change our actions we will have a different result. It sounds logical and very reasonable. But our ACTIONS are not the primary issue, our MIND -SETS are!
Our actions are determined by our thoughts and feelings, (what goes on, on the inside of us). So unless we change the blueprint, (our inner map of reality or our subconscious mind) NOTHING we do on the outside will have any lasting effect. It is like trying to fix the image of your face via the mirror rather than your actual face itself! We will always revert to our blueprint, (our default mode, our inner compass and our emotional set point). Those are the things charting our course.
‘The people in the less than 1 percent of society who succeed are actually the ones who failed to be programmed by society’ – Andy Shaw
The said programming however, worked on the unsuccessful 99+ percent of people! But like a computer, the good news is that programs can be uninstalled and new programs can be installed! You can have the mindset of a successful person. Then and only then you will succeed at whatever you set your heart and mind toward.
Until we change our mindsets, nothing we do will deliver our true potential because our mindset is the foundation of our success. Changing our mindset is no overnight accomplishment, but it is more than worth the time, dedicated effort, money and patience invested in it.
Achieving our goals by arriving at our desired destination is a hugely rewarding and fulfilling accomplishment!
‘Your mindset guarantees either your success or failure in what -ever you choose to do!’ Andy Shaw
Psychologist, (Dr Carol Dweck) states some people believe we have either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Those in the fixed mindset group believe your mindset is based on your inherent nature, (you were born that way). And those in the growth mindset group believe anyone can be good at anything because it is down to the actions you take in life. So your talents can be developed and improved. She concluded we can all change our mindset to achieve success and fulfillment at any stage of our lives. See her book: (Mindset Online).
But can we Really change our mindset? YES! There are ways to build a more positive mindset. Your mindSET is never set in stone.
How Do I Change My Mindset?
1) One of the first things we do is become aware that there is a program running in our mind that is built to sabotage our success and progress, by keeping us ‘safe’. Awareness is always the first step towards implementing change.
2) Listen to your inner self-talk. Do not judge it, struggle or fight it, just listen. Then question the validity of what you are told. Statements like:
‘Don’t do that, (whatever good thing that is), because you might fail!’ ‘You are a failure.’ ‘You will make a fool of yourself.’ ‘What will people say?’ ‘I have to work hard for my money.’ Blah, Blah! …
3) Decide for yourself, is that self-talk taking you towards or away from success?
4) Replace the fear-based excuse for not taking action with a more affirmative confession, (affirmation) repeatedly. You are overwriting the old program.
5) People use visualization techniques, mind movies, Pinterest, vision boards …
6) Other people use subliminal audios and/or positive affirmations to train the brain and subconscious mind. They can be trained just like physical muscles.
7) We can use books, (PDF) and audio teaching programs to reeducate our brains and our minds of our inherent abilities.
8) Some use meditation and others hypnosis technique to (bypass an analytical mind) and reach the sub-conscious mind where the faulty programs are installed.
9) A combination of techniques can be used. Repeat the above processes as often and as long as is necessary until change results.
A mindset is a fixed way of thinking, an outlook, a standpoint, a particular viewpoint that we hold on to in and about life and its workings.
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