The importance of mindset.
What is it and how do you control it?
- I’d like to say that you can control your mind and responses every second of everyday, but that is just not possible. We are human and that means that we will always be emotional, and sometimes let our emotions control our mind and our actions. Having the ability to assess your emotions is an asset in gaining the proper perspective, or mindset. To combat negativity in our own minds, the weapon is gratitude. Think of Christmas morning when you were a kid. When you got that new bike, favorite Barbie or brand new shoes – – you were thankful — and you were full of joy.
- What things are you thankful for in this very moment?
Know your strengths.
- Knowing your strengths will help with mindset. For example, if you are very good at writing — then you can journal out positive thoughts and experiences. Maybe you are really good with kids — being around kids can give you great perspective on what is truly important in life. Maybe you are good at fixing things or solving problems. An analytical mind could be a great strength on your path to success because you will likely read a lot of books and gather information. Even if you are more emotional than most – this is also viewed as a strength – as it allows you to connect with people through compassion. See my post on vulnerability.
Be aware of your weaknesses.
- Know your weaknesses. Know them, but don’t dwell on them. I am not a morning person. In fact I was voted “Moodiest in the Morning” in high school. Not an accomplishment, by far. But I know this. I have vastly improved my morning demeanor in the last 10 years, but it is still something that I am aware of.
- What does this mean? It means I need to take more time to myself in the morning. I can schedule important meetings later in the day or just have a lot of caffeine! Work around your weaknesses, and play up your strengths.
View weaknesses as opportunities for growth.
- If we are not growing and not improving, then life can be very dull and boring. Use your weaknesses as an opportunity for growth. Seek out help from others who have strengths where you are weaker. Getting the help of a mentor or coach can significantly improve your ability to know yourself and to grow into the person you want to be. A mentor can help you with mindset.
I have had many coaches in my life in academics, sports and professionally, and I continue to seek the guidance of others who seem to have it together in areas that I do not. Find a person who you connect with and respect. Most of them will offer phone consulting, or you can read up on their websites or blogs to find out if you will mesh with their personality. If you have questions about coaching or need some references, fill out the contact form below. We can discuss if we are a good fit for coaching, and I can direct you to other coaching professionals in the areas you need.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]