Mindset: How to change it positively
I asked my cousin to go to our untidy storeroom filled with a lot of stuff and bring cello tape. He went through all the items, searched the entire room for nearly 30 mins and finally brought it to me.
When he gave the cello tape to me, I enquired him did he see a cutting plier in the storeroom? He went blank. He had already gone through the whole storeroom but couldn’t remember if there was a cutting plier.
Because he searched the whole room with the mindset of cello-tape. So, he had no idea of cutting pliers.
This happens in life too. We want to achieve something and have the mindset of other things.
We say we are NEET, GATE, and IIT aspirants but actually, most of us are Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Hotstar subscribers.
How to change your mindset?
An excellent question to ask, and I love that you’re asking how — which means you are set for the change.
So, how you can do it?
I am obsessed with the idea of the growth mindset. Ever since reading Carol Dweck’s book on this issue, I’ve totally changed my view about what the human brain is capable of. It’s an easy yet powerful distinction. There are two types of mindsets, fixed and growth. A fixed mindset is when you think you’re born with a set of skills and capabilities that are part of your DNA and cannot be changed, whereas a growth mindset is when you work on forming new skills and habits continuously over time.
For the past two years, I’ve used my own life as a growth mindset experiment. It’s taught me so much! I’ve improved my professional life and now love the work that I do. I’ve changed my personal life and started appreciating my friendships and communities. I’ve included new habits like running, working out, going on morning walks, having a gratitude practice. And, most important to me, I write every day. Small things, big things, articles, e-books, answers on Quora. Writing keeps me disciplined, focused, and motivated. It makes me feel the most alive!
- Choose to focus on what you have, rather than experiencing FOMO (Fear of missing out)
- Make a choice to stop a negative attitude if it doesn’t make you feel good
- Begin something different that takes you outside your convenience zone, even for 15 minutes a day
- Act to becoming a better version of yourself, beginning right now
Common sense test that 90% people fail
Regularly visualize your whole life span. The life span which you lived and the life span which you are going to live. You will get clarity.