“Nothing happens by mistake” is a popular cliche that has garnered wide credence among the people of all the climes in the world. So, chances are that you do not only attract what you want in life, but you can cause a drastic change in your life if you overcome certain mental hurdles when you change your mindset.
The mind is that faculty of the intellect where stagnation or change begins. There is the story of a boy who failed his A-levels exam on 5 attempts.
He had even delved into depression before he met a counsellor. According to his story, words like “your result don’t define you”, “You can do it”, “Failure is not the end” and a lot more resonated with it him and he began to change his own mindset. He eventually believed in his abilities and himself, and on the sixth attempt, he passed his exams.
Do you know the difference between the poor and the rich is sometimes a mindset? Some people’s mindsets have scuppered their financial destiny, all because they were operating from the realm of scarcity and doubt. You hear and read of Billionaires in the world, but do you really believe that you can join their league? You are limited or elevated by your mindset – so much depends on how you view things from the perspective of your mind.
What is the Mind?
The mind is the mental faculty that includes, thought, imagination, will, memory and sensation – and the aforementioned faculties are responsible for pain, desire, intention, emotion, belief, disbelief, perception, and intention.
Now let’s take a swipe at the meaning of mindset
Mindset is typical of your perception of a situation, meaning how you see things regardless of what the reality is. Also, your expression says a lot about your mindset and belief.
From what a person says, you’d know if they have a negative or positive mindset. So in conclusion, you change your mindset if you change your thought process/belief.
Types of Mindset
Different studies have claimed that there are various types of mindsets – but we have restricted ours to the findings of Carol Susan Dweck, who claims there are two basic mindsets, Fixed and Growth mindsets.
- Fixed Mindset: This is a very negative kind of mindset that does not give room for change. For instance, a statement like “I’m like that, “I cannot change who I am” are exhibitions of a negative mindset
- Growth: It’s a mindset that believes in possibilities. For instance “I’m a work in progress” and all kinds of positive affirmations.
Effect of the right mindset
The right mindset is about everything you need to succeed on a project. With the right mindset, you look and see things from a different perspective. And when you see things positively, you’ll feel very well and motivated about yourself.
Having the right mindset does not automatically qualify you for success but it will change what you do as well, thereby changing your entire result.
In essence, if you’re tired of being stuck at a particular spot, change your mindset.
How to change your mindset
There are so many ways you can change your mindset. Let’s take a swipe at some of these methods:
Meditation is an exercise of the mind that improves your focus level and helps you discover areas of life where you need change. During meditation, you scan your mind, and body to get feedback. So, if you are keen on changing your mindset, the first step is embarking on meditation.
Embark on personal development endeavours
Regardless of how well you think or believe in yourself, you’re unlikely going to succeed if you do not develop yourself. For instance, if you want to become a motivational speaker, you have to read books, watch videos and practice oratorial skills. A mindset shift is not wishful thinking, it is more than that.
Get a long-term vision
You may have a positive mindset about something but change takes time. Therefore, ensure that you look beyond the present and continue to work towards scoring that long-term goal.
Do the dirty work yourself
Success and failure are personal – take responsibility for where you are at the moment and work towards achieving the goal you have set. You cannot be waiting for others to help you realize a personal vision, so the onus is on you to have a mindset of hard work and smart work to achieve your dreams.