When you listen to some self-improvement gurus, you’d think a “mindset” is a set of PowerPoint slides that you install in your brain. They ask you to “develop a can-do mindset” or to “create an abundance mindset” by practicing gratitude or saying affirmations.
Don’t get me wrong – gratitude is indeed a powerful tool for enhancing your life. Affirmations can be very helpful when used correctly, but a “mindset” doesn’t change at the drop of a hat.
I’d like to explore what the term really means, and how to go about adopting a mindset of your choosing.
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What exactly is a mindset?
You probably have an idea already when you hear the word “mindset”. According to the dictionary, it’s “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” The crucial point is that a mindset is established – it’s been grown and cultivated over some time.
This means two things:
- You don’t fail for being unable to change your mindset immediately following a new insight.
- To establish a different mindset, requires a long-term approach.
This also means that you need to think carefully about the mindset(s) you wish to adopt! It’s better to be certain about something which takes time and effort to establish.
Change your mindset – but is a new mindset worth it?
Then why go to all the trouble at all? The answer is, because it’s worth it when it comes to unhelpful ideas such as “only bad people have money” or “The real world doesn’t leave much room for passion.”
To change your mindset, you need to relentlessly brainwash yourself:
- Read literature which reinforces your desired new mindset.
- Surround yourself with people who share this mindset.
- Get support from a Coach to hold you accountable.
- Try techniques like journalling or affirmations.
- Most of all, stick with it for at least 90 days to see any lasting changes.