Cultivating a Positive Mindset

pos and negMindset refers to  the general attitudes of  people and the way  they think about things. It is what informs whatever decisions they make (or don’t make). It controls what they say and do. Their mindset is also the lens they use when evaluating the issues and events happening around them.

Factors related to  family, school, and environment are considered determinants of the kind of mindset that people display. How such elements  affect them as they grow older could be gleaned from the way they behave, think and talk.

A person’s mindset could be affected by the culture he/she has grown into and it could either be positive or negative. Studies done on mindset have established a strong correlation  between mindset and achievement and happiness. Needless to say that people with a positive mindset are more successful and live a stress-free life. They have either a flourishing business or a rewarding career (or both) and their personal lives are amazing.

A positive mindset can be cultivated if anyone wants to. But it’s easier said than done. It would take a very strong commitment for it to happen. It will entail hard work. The rewards people with a positive mindset are reaping  are not being handed to them in a silver platter. Those are the fruits of the seeds of hard work they have sown.

We need to make a choice between having a “fixed mindset” or a “growth mindset.” Dr. Dweck explained that, “In a fixed mindset students believe their abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. In a growth  mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.”

Learning is a lifelong process. We never stop learning. We never cease to be students. The question is, “Which kind of student are we – with a fixed mindset or  with a growth mindset?”

I tried to cultivate a better mindset too. It is an ongoing process and I am happy with the results. How I wish I have started doing so when I was younger.

My journey to changing my mindset for the better was (and is) not easy. It made me completely overhaul my way of thinking that was programmed by the environment I have grown into and the kind of education I had. It is equivalent to getting out of my comfort zone because I have to change habits and routines that I got accustomed to.

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