Updated: Jul 14, 2021
...It has huge influence over your life, career & happiness!
The concept of mindset is pretty prevalent in our lives these days, isn't it?
In this article, I am going to explore what it is and the incredibly powerful influence it has over your life and career choices.
Mindset is simply 'an established set of attitudes held by someone’. The question is, how do we establish these attitudes about life and about ourselves? And where do our beliefs come from?
We gather our beliefs through life experience and we absorb the beliefs of those around us - our family, teachers, mentors, influencers, media, culture & society. From this melting pot of life experience, our beliefs become embedded through repeated thought patterns to form our mindset.
But just because we believe something, does that make it true?
A belief is an idea that you accept is true, it is a strong feeling that something is true or a mental acceptance that something represents the truth. Your beliefs are the lens through which you view the world and that perspective dictates SO much in your life; your beliefs and mindset can empower you and strengthen your actions or limit you and restrict your actions. You can choose to maintain empowering beliefs or limiting beliefs.
The power lies in bringing awareness to your thought patterns, it is common to be unaware that you are holding onto limiting beliefs about yourself, your aspirations, your capabilities and potential opportunities.
Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
Mindset is attitude, mentality, outlook - it is the sum of your beliefs.
Our thoughts dictate how we feel, and our feelings dictate how we behave – how we behave dictates how we experience the world and how the world experiences us. This then defines our expectations of the world which ultimately reinforce our thoughts and keeps us in a perpetual state of whatever our first thought was!! Riddle me that! :P
Basically, how we are in the world is the world we create for ourselves. We attract how we are, we attract the frequency of what we are experiencing and how we are being.
(This is the basis of the law of attraction – here's an interesting read on some DIY experiements you can do to test out the law of attraction for yourself!)
As Tony Robbins points out – we are the only creatures on earth that can make ourselves feel like s**t or feel good with our own thoughts.
Your thought patterns are yours to control, master and direct. Mindset is a CHOICE. Yes, life is tough, and it will throw challenge at you, loss, pain and struggle will appear along your journey, the unexpected and unpredictable will arise. I am not saying that by thinking more positively you can magically live a happy life, I am saying that your choice of being and how you react to life is yours to decide. Your thought patterns frame every experience that comes your way. It is a beautiful thing to have such choice in your life.
We all feel like the victim in our own story at times (you are the hero by the way), as if life happens to us and we are merely a passive bystander. But ask yourself -
Are you a participant in your life story or are you the creator? Are you in the passenger seat or are you the driving force of your own unique journey?
Mindset & Careers
Everything begins as an idea...everything begins as a thought - the green light of permission you are looking for is embedded in your mindset. Your heart's desire and soul purpose emerges through your thoughts, your dreams and vision and creativity originate as thought patterns. You get to shape them, nurture them and express them and, it goes without saying that a empowering growth mindset makes for a much more noursishing environment for your ideas and inspiration.
Your beliefs and assumptions consistently influence your choices, expectations, vision for the future and the limitations you put on yourself and your self concept, i.e. what you believe to be true about yourself. Your career choices and the direction you choose to take your life is directly influenced by your mindset and self concept.
When you combine self knowledge, courage and vision with a positive, empowering growth mindset, you become unstoppable.
You dictate the level of which you choose to express yourself through your work. I believe it is in everyone's interest and for the greater good for you to express yourself fully in your work and to lean into your unqiue genius.
You are the master of your thoughts.
You can decide what to think and what to believe. You get to choose your pattern of thinking, you control your thoughts and in turn, control your behaviour and experience of the world.
Start by observing your thought patterns to see if they are serving you – if they are not serving you – you have got to change them. It’s actually that simple. It takes a little time to rewire your brain, literally - to move from fixed mindset patterns to a growth mindset but it is well worth your time and effort.
You can make a committed decision to opt for a mindset that serves you and honours who you truly are and how you want your life, and your career to pan out. Your chosen mindset influences your perceptions, it defines what is good, bad, true, real or possible. It directs and empowers (or limits) the actions you take. It will shape your character, affect your relationships, determine your health and your level of fulfilment and contentment. You have all this within your power, TODAY.
Embrace that power - repeat after me: 'I am 100% responsible for my life and my experience of it – no matter what happens to me'.
It is simple and powerful and hands you back control, empowering you to be the leader of your own life.
To tap into some empowering mindsets to get you started, check out '5 Top Mindsets for moving forward in your life & career'
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how it is serving you or holding you back in your life and your career!
– it outlines the first 5 essential stops on your journey to career change, progression or growth and comes with a workbook section at each stop.
Stop #1 - Embrace Change & Possibility.
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