Where You’re At

We become stressed because we don’t stop and look after our minds. With multiple, attention-sapping distractions, we’re no longer aware of the world and we miss things that should be most important to us. And the crazy thing is that so many of us assume that that’s the way life is, so we’ve just got to get on with it. When there is constant wandering of the mind, we tend to be unhappy.

In general, people can have a “fixed mindset” or a “growth mindset”. For most of us, we have both but use them differently, depending on the circumstance. For example, a growth mindset might be applied to our job, and a fixed mindset might apply to our general self-esteem.

A growth mindset is characterised by a person believing that their necessary abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. Talent and brains are only the beginning.

In contrast, a fixed mindset is characterised by those who believe that talent and intelligence are things people are born with and cannot be acquired. These people waste time thinking they are unable to develop these traits. They allow success or failure to define them.

Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?  Reflect on your answers from the Finding Me Workbook, and see if you need to make changes to your mindset.

Put the mindset types cards and poster around your workspace to remind yourself to foster keep fostering a growth mindset.

Gratitude is by far the healthiest of all human emotions. No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life, because happiness is a choice.  Back in the Momentum course, we talked about setting a daily gratitude practice through the 5 Things Tool.  Another way you can foster gratitude is by writing a Gratitude letter.  Try writing a gratitude letter, and take notice of how you feel after when you’re done.