Updated: Dec 19, 2020
Mindset: why managing your mindset can unlock your limitless potential
The dictionary definition of MINDSET is;
"The established set of attitudes held by someone". However, I’ve been doing some mindset work of my own of late and am challenging part of that definition… the use of the word ‘established’.
You see, the word established conjures up feelings of permanence and stability. Possibly even something that can’t be changed. However, I believe that mindset is infinitely changeable. All you need is to understand how and why.
To help with that, I would highly recommend taking a look at the works of Dr Carol Dweck. In particular, the recently updated copy of the book Mindset.
Why change your mindset?
Here’s the thing, even before I read the book, I was a HUGE advocate of manifestation.
Manifestation is the belief that, by trusting in the universe to provide you with what you believe you deserve, you will receive what you truly deserve. The reason I hold that belief is that I see it every. single. day!
When I work with clients, like you, I see people who either achieve, or are held back, by their inner belief of what they are worth. So, here’s the magic. Changing your mindset can quite literally, change your life! Of course, that’s all very easy to say, but can be much harder to do, consistently, for the rest of your life.
Do you need to change your mindset?
This is the time for you to be brutally honest with yourself. Because if you’re quite happy as you are and you don’t yearn for anything to change, then maybe you don’t need to bother.
However, if you feel imposter syndrome, anxiety, a pressure to ‘live up’ to people’s expectations, to prove yourself or in any way like you are being judged for who you are, then maybe there’s some work to do to make ‘being you’ feel more comfortable and fulfilling.
The truth is, we are all a work in progress. With investment in areas of our lives that we want to improve, it’s all there for the taking.
In the Mindset book I mentioned before, Dr Dweck talks about ‘fixed’ and ‘growth’ mindset.
With a fixed mindset, you would typically think that who you are, what you are good at, what you achieve is all set in stone. They’re all traits that are part of you and you just have to live your life accommodating them.
By contrast, a growth mindset would see you fostering the belief that you are infinitely capable of improving any of those traits with time and effort being invested to do so.
To use an example from the book, do toddlers give up learning to walk the second they stumble? No. They carry on practising and learning until they are brilliant at walking, running and (often to their parents’ horror) climbing…. or any other skills they weren’t born with.
Why? Because they see the people around them doing all this amazing stuff and they want to do it too. So, they invest bumps and grazes and time and energy to learn.
We are, quite literally, born with a growth mindset. Yet somewhere along the way, for some of us, we lose it.
What I’ve learnt from Dr Dweck
At this point, I’m going to put my hands up and admit, I had previously considered myself to have a growth mindset. After all, my w