If you believe it, you can do it.
Have you customized your mindset lately? If you are under the belief that you have a growth mindset, then you are customizing your mindset to work in your best favor everyday. At its core, all having a growth mindset means is adopting the belief that our qualities can change and it’s possible to develop any ability – intelligence, energy levels, moods… anything.
Take It One Step At A Time
Customizing your mindset begins with your life. Stephen Covey wrote in his book “The 8th Habit” the process of finding your voice:
1. What are you good at? That’s your mind.
2. What do you love doing? That’s your heart.
3. What need can you serve? That’s the body.
4. And finally, what is life asking of you? What gives your life meaning and purpose? What do you feel like you should be doing? In short, what is your conscience directing you to do? That is your spirit.
These questions are straightforward, but profound. Easy, yet deep. Once you find your voice, decide that it matters and don’t be afraid to use it. We like to call it “Your Words Have Worth.”
Battle The Mindset Myths
While it would be cool, mastering your mindset will (unfortunately) not allow you to have Jedi-level mastery over yourself and environment. The mind isn’t everything and the mind is deeply affected by context, culture, and environment. You can best customize something that you understand fully, inside and out. And how can you best fully understand your mindset? Create it!
Another exercise in customizing your mindset can be as simple as a two-step process:
1. Find the most supportive beliefs
2. Check if the beliefs align with (a potential) reality
The supportive beliefs you choose to adopt if they align with your mind, heart, body, and spirit (as outlined in the first exercise). In other words, make a positive change. Your newly adopted beliefs don’t need to reflect your current reality, but they do need to stretch your reality to make your dreams possible.
Some Mistakes Are Better Than Others
Mistakes are essential to growth, but there is a difference between insanity (doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result) and training your mindset. Conventional common sense dictates we reward ourselves for working harder (expending more physical effort) in accomplishing something. In actuality, it is best to focus on hard work and strategies used.
The effects of focusing on mentally working harder, thinking more deeply, and trying different approaches to working and learning can be most clearly seen with children. Kids who are praised for being smart with the implication that success pivots on intelligence end up developing a fixed mindset. When these same kids experience struggle, they assume they were not so smart after all and lose confidence.
There you have it. Now you have some helpful tips, tricks, and exercises for customizing your mindset. And when you truly believe that you have a growth mindset, the effectiveness of anything else you do will increase ten-fold. How did this article give you some insights into how to customize your mindset?