As humans, we are blessed with the ability to change our reality. It requires shifting our mindset along with our beliefs, language, and the script we continually run. Our inner world reflects our outer world, which can be evident in business, particularly during challenging times.
The truth is having a fixed mindset as the name implies, increases the limitations you have in your life.
Optimists believe the glass is half full whilst pessimists believe it’s empty. The same can be said for those with a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset.
The expert in mindset is Dr. Carol S. Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist. Dweck tells us that those with a fixed mindset firmly believe that intellect is static whilst those with a growth mindset strongly affirm that intellect evolves. In Dweck’s book: ‘Mindset – Changing the way you think to fulfill your potential’. She explains the differences between the lives of those with a fixed mindset and growth mindset. After decades of research on the mindset, Dweck explains that:
‘The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life’.
Developing A Growth Mindset
The results we produce in our life are resultant of our mindset. As Anthony Robbins explains: “80 percent of success is due to psychology — mindset, emotions and beliefs — and only 20 percent is due to mechanics.”
Most people settle for what they have, whilst others have GRAND ambitions. If you know that you’re destined for more in life yet nothing seems to be working the way you want, I can tell you that the problem isn’t in what you’re doing. It’s in how you’re THINKING.
What you have to realise is that successful people do have a mindset that sets them apart from the rest of society. Yes, this is absolutely true and no it isn’t something that you have to be born with. I have helped many people make this transformation. Once your mindset has changed, things will just start to fall into place.
All of this, and more, is yours once you change your mindset. All you need is the will to change.
- For every thought you have, a surge of electrical currents from your brain release an unknown number of neurochemicals, responsible for the operation of your nervous system. Your body responds to each thought accordingly like a world-class conductor leading a famous orchestra, with everything working in unison from your heart, liver and lungs performing their role with precision.
- What, where, how and the length of time we give attention to something in life, along with our repetitive thoughts forms our neurological wiring.
- Concentrating on pain that exists within your body, sends electrical currents to your mind that continues producing the pain.
- Repetitive thoughts create connections in the brain that quickly become iron clad. These thoughts move from conscious to unconscious ways of thinking and being. That is how we act on auto-pilot.
- The process of change requires forgetting what we know to discover new ways of being. Regular meditation practices accelerates the achievement of this goal and produce visible positive results.
- Learning something new requires considerable energy and our undivided attention. Consider when you first learnt to drive a car, the level of attention you possessed compared to that of an experienced driver who is primarily operating on auto-pilot. We have the ability to alter who we are with every new piece of information that we learn. By combining this new information with practical application, a new experience is brought to life. We invoke greater levels of change, the more we repeat this process.
- Our life-long repetitive negative thoughts are significant contributors to stress and disease within the body. Stress causes us to live in ‘survival’ state which negatively changes our internal state and exhausts our body. In turn, generating adverse responses including: anger, depression, misery or confusion. When we are in this state, it can be likened to behaving like a bird trapped in a cage or a prisoner held captive, we fail to see the possibilities for our life. This is how people become ‘stuck’ for their consistent emotional state is highly addictive resultant of the production of neurochemicals.
- There are 4 main regions in the brain. The frontal lobe is the most malleable part of the brain responsible for decision making. The cerebral cortex or neocortex is responsible for our ‘free will’. It stores 90% of the our brain’s neurons and manages information, attention, awareness, thoughts, language and recordings of our knowledge and experiences. The parietal lobe processes sensory information with the temporal lobe controlling smell, sounds, speech and vision.
- Our genes impact our behavior yet research demonstrates that we can produce positive changes. In 1942, Conrad Waddington introduced the term ‘Epigenetics’, which is the impact of genetics on development. Those successful in creating change, studied others via education utilising books, movies and inspirational people to develop new thoughts and create new ways of being.Visualisation is a powerful tool used to stimulate the brain to generate strong mind-body connections.
- Our state of being consists of our repetitive cycle of our constant thoughts combined with the production of chemicals within our body which generates our emotions. This repetitive cycle has a direct impact on our behavior.
- To change our reality and heal our bodies the secret ingredient lies in making up our mind to do so. We have the ability to fully recover and change our external circumstances exactly like those patients who are told they would never walk again yet do so, sport stars who suffer from irreversible injuries yet fully recover, or those who have suffered a life-threatening cancer and a few months later it is no where to be found. They understand the secret is having a powerful intention, believing they have the power to change their circumstances, loads of determination and the will to create what they want in life.
- There is a partnership between acquiring knowledge and our life experiences. Our mind is supplied with knowledge via the brain, whilst our mind elicits our experiences through our body.
- Wisdom stems from one’s intelligence to comprehend the arrival of one’s emotions derived from our lifelong knowledge, experiences and behaviour.
The road to evolution starts with understanding the power of your mind.
Excerpts from my original articles on Inc.com