The present time is full of possibilities, so why is it that we cannot edit our thoughts to actually see the threads that can lead to a desirable experience? Almost always, the answer boils down to our inner struggles to keep things together! Every day, we are bombarded by stressful questions or circumstances, by the urgency of decision makings or by feeling anxious about the unknown future. Well, we might have a master plan, however, along the way, we will encounter setbacks or disasters and many times the course of actions need to be modified, adjusted, refined or totally removed to be replaced by the new approach.
Appropriately, we all need supporting tools, strategies and definitely a mindset that helps us manage stress, anxieties and improve the quality of life and our wellbeing. Deep interrogation of our attitudes reveals how we see the world and what kind of mindset determines our value system. In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford Professor Carol Dweck distinguishes between fixed and growth mindsets. Her research clearly shows the difference between the two extremes. The fixed mindset has no safety net for challenges and disappointments and the growth mindset develops tolerance in the face of adversity and frustrations.
If there a seedling of desire planted in your heart, in spite of a voice in your head sending signals “No, this cannot be done,….”, make no mistake you are suffering from a fixed mindset! It’s time to pay close attention to your thought patterns. The good news is that you can develop a growth mindset.
Invariably, we need to change our inner dialogue, identify our limiting beliefs and cultivate a set of attitudes that will respond supportively and intelligently to uncertainties and setbacks. The amount of time we put for self-deprecating can actually be thrust to deliberate practice.
The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”
Consider the following steps to shape a growth mindset and strengthen your abilities:
- Mindful self-knowledge – consciously start examining your attitudes and your intentions. Detach yourself from your self-made identity. Take a bird’s eye of your inner perception and your destructive & hindering thoughts. Notice the triggers. Replace them with the desired mental pictures, value learning and efforts more than innate intelligence.
- Apply strategies into your daily routine– to develop a new communication network in your brain. Include mindfulness techniques, for instance, meditation as an integral part of your day to day life strengthens the connections of your neural pathways. Erase negative self-talk, create positive core belief that you can improve your abilities and learn new skills.
- “The power of yet” – (Carol Dweck) replacing the “I am not good at this,…” with “I am not good at this, YET,..”
- Try new things – It helps with self-compassion and understanding of others, especially in difficult or worrisome situations. a beginner’s mind is curious, resilient and creative.
- Keep in mind that knowing is not enough! You need to practice!
Next, I will look into “7 attitudinal foundations of mindfulness practice” for us to monitor our inner dialogue to make good use of our neurons and rewire our brain.
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