Have you ever stopped to wonder about the impact your mindset has on your life? From what you do, through to what you eat, to what you can accomplish. Your mindset has a role in your life, and it’s often one we fail to recognise.
Until today. I’m going to be explaining what your mindset it, sharing with you the ways you can use it to your advantage. Breaking through barriers and making your own choices.
What is Mindset?
With the word mind in it, you’ll know that your mindset is something to do with the way you think. But there’s more to it than that. In fact, your mindset is made up of your assumptions, your understandings, your beliefs, and your thoughts. I love this quote which explains it well:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi
First used in the 1930s to describe the habits of mind which are formed by our past experiences, mindsets are our deeply held attitudes, beliefs and assumptions about how we and everyone around us works. Created by experiences, you could say that our mindsets are decided for us. But the issue with this is that it does not take into consideration that we all have our own free will to choose to do and believe as we wish. It’s the breaking through of these barriers which I want to talk about next.
How to Break Down Your Mindset
The power your mindset has over you is related to your past experiences. We already know that what you have seen and done in the past affects the way you think and act today. If you’ve only ever had a wonderful fairytale life, then you can skip this part. However, no-one has ever had one, which means you’ll need to know your mindset:
- creates blind spots – it’s like looking at the world wearing rose tinted glasses. You only see parts of the world, only parts of what’s happening. You see what you have learned from your past experiences, and need to make an effort to see outside of it.
- is self-deceptive – it’s looking through your past experiences searching for something it can relate to. Something to bring meaning to what you’ve got now. This means you will unconsciously be revisiting the past again and again. It is what your mind knows and recognises.
In order to break down your mindset, you must practice mindfulness. This is being here and now in the present, noticing the feelings and thoughts you have at this exact second. Not relating them to something in the past.
It’s the conscious choice to be aware of what your mindset is telling you. Then make the decision to do something which is of more advantage to you and those around you. It’s the focus of the process, rather than the outcome which makes changes – on both what we do and what we share with others. I like this quote, which explains things well:
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall
Being mindful is about being in the moment, and being in the moment and responding to it, is how you can break through your mindset.