The way we think about ourselves and the world around us dictates EVERYTHING – so it’s important to try and master a growth mindset.
Ideally, our mindset should be evolving over time to mold us into successful “livers of life” by the time we are older. You’d think that by the time we die (or lose our sanity), we should be mindset masters, right? Logically speaking, anyway.
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But as I look around at my surroundings and in the media, I wonder – does our mindset improve as we age? Why do so many people seem crazy? Why are people so angry? Why are there so many people walking around like they are wounded children in adult bodies?
Does everyone want to work on mindset? Probably not. But I do. I am continually challenging how I perceive and approach situations based on my mindset development.
I still have a long way to go, but I am in a much better place toward living with a growth mindset than I’ve ever been.
Master a growth mindset – my interest
We all have the power to change how our brains process information. Straight after undergrad, I worked in New York City at a large financial consulting firm. For seven years, I spent my time speculating, poking holes in, auditing, and tearing apart financial business plans. I was trained to be negative. Most of the time it was for large banks who wanted to find out if the company they were owed money from was viable enough to support further.
When performing an analysis or interviewing Management, we always assumed the information hid essential components about the health of the company. If, after our review, we were not able to find reasons the company would fail, we gave the company a favorable recommendation.
Those skills I developed in my 20’s served me well for all kinds of things after I stopped working, including not being at all intimidated by businessmen, successfully negotiating business transactions, and setting up my husband’s company.
Otherwise, these personality traits brought me little benefit, and I’ve worked hard in my 30s and now 40s to soften this perspective. Our brains have the power to change the way we perceive the world. The scrutinizing me still comes out more than necessary, but with much less intensity (don’t ask my husband)!
1. Set big goals and commit to reaching them
What is your biggest dream? Success is inevitable if you don’t give up. Whatever you want WILL happen. And If it’s important, you will make it a priority.
2. Shift into a growth mindset
3. Focus on the journey as much as the destination
4. Don’t compare yourself to others
Are you trying to achieve your goal so you can reach your full potential and live your best life? Then focus on your journey, not anyone else’s.
5. Read more books and listen to mindset experts
Challenge yourself to read one book per month. If you’re busy, use Audible (like I do) and listen to books instead!
Some of my favorite mindset books:
- Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell
- Daring Greatly By Brene Brown
- The Tribe of Mentors By Tim Ferris
- Standing at the Edge By Joan Halifax
6. Start journaling or tracking your time
Stop keeping your feelings and thoughts bottled up inside and release them on paper. Writing will also help you deal with stress, anxiety and cope with depression.
How do you spend your days? Write down what you do each day for seven days. How much time are you wasting on things that don’t help you get closer to your goals? Free up your time.
7. Check your circle
Do you have people in your life who drain you? If your inner circle consists of friends or family who are critical or negative, take a closer look.
Connect with people who will encourage and motivate you to be better. Find people who you admire and who bring out the best in you. We are generally attracted to what we are. You are the average of the 5 people with whom you spend the most time.
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