Our mindset creates our experience of life. With a poor mindset, my experience of life will suffer. With a better mindset, my experience of life will be of greater joy and resourcefulness.
What is Mindset?
Your mindset is your collection of beliefs that shape your thought habits. Thought habits affect how you think, what you feel, what you perceive and what you do. Mindset impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of your own place in the world.
We don’t notice everything that our senses detect. Our subconscious filters most of our sensory input and only passes a small amount on to our conscious awareness. If I am looking for danger, my subconscious filters will pass on more anxiety creating inputs. If I am looking for things to be grateful for, my awareness will receive more inputs that reflect that search.
Test it for yourself: If you have never seen it, check out the gorilla experiment. It blew me away when I first experienced it.
To change your habits, change your mind…
When reading the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, the most profound insight that I took from the book was that to really change our habits, we have to change our self identity. If I think of myself as unfit, no matter how hard I work to build a fitness habit, I will always be on an uphill struggle. If I can change how I think about myself first, the habit formation becomes less of a challenge… and it will stay with me.
The way we see the world shapes our experience of life. How to shift your mindset?
Social Media Strategies
I’ve started sharing my videos on Linkedin and Instagram as well as YouTube. I used to try to centralise all my video activity on youtube, but I don’t know if there is any benefit to that these days. Linkedin is a much more powerful business network… so I’ll let you know how this experiment goes. I’ve embedded from Linkedin this time… does that work for your viewer?
I came across a TEDx talk today by Drew Dudley about Leadership. It is called “Creating cultures of leadership”.
He explains his first ever class on leadership. After the class, a participant came up and said “I thought I understood leadership, but now I don’t. Could you explain exactly what you mean by leadership?”
He could not explain it simply. It was too complex. (He used the old teacher trick… he asked her “well, what do you think leadership is?”)
After years of thinking, he can now explain leadership simply. For him, it is answering these 6 questions every day.
If he answers these 6 questions every day, at the end of a year there will be 2,190 moments that he deliberately makes people better.
The 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day to be a Leader
Impact – What have I recognised in someone else’s leadership today?
Continuous Improvement – What have I done to make it more likely I will learn something?
Mentorship – What have I done to make it more likely someone else will learn something?
Empowerment – What positive thing have I said about someone to their face today?
Recognition – What positive thing have I said about someone who isn’t in the room?
Self-respect – How have I been good to myself today?
What is the underlying structure of your life? What habits are made easy because of the layout of your home, your office, the friends you hang out with? How might you change the structure of your life in order to make certain positive habits more likely to happen?
Our surroundings affect us more than our intention and our discipline.
This is a great summary video of a book that had a great impact on me back when I was 23 years old. I was working for Accenture (in those days, Andersen Consulting) and the organisation shared this book with all employees. There’s a photo there of me there on the right with my leather bound edition of the book.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books in self-development.
Discover the habits of successful people as opposed to the habits of unsuccessful people in the infographic created by SuccessStory.com.
Habits of Successful People vs Unsuccessful People
How’s your daily habit checklist?
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