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Mindset Makes A Big Difference!

The world of information has changed since I was young. I remember days of searching in the university library and local libraries to find information about a certain topic. We live in a world where information is literally at our fingertips.

I can search for a product, or information by entering a few keywords on my phone, or better yet by asking our virtual assistant who is present in every room of my house! We have an abundance of information available to us, and knowing how to utilize this is crucial.

However, we face the challenge of information overload, where the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming.

Despite this, we have a responsibility to access the information responsibly. We are obliged to ask: Is it true? Is it helpful? In the age of information overload, discernment becomes a vital skill.

The Power Of Mindset:

So how does this affect our mindset? What is mindset? Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it as, “an attitude; a particular way of thinking.”

Some similar words are, “temperament, heart, disposition, perspective, and opinion.”. How do we filter what we think about?

These are deep questions, and I propose that they do make a difference in how we see ourselves, other people, and the world we live in.

Our mindset is shaped by a combination of experiences, beliefs, and the information we expose ourselves to.

Mind Shift considers the mindset of our business partners, community partners, candidates, and donors. We work on communicating a growth mindset. We recognize the importance of understanding and aligning with the perspectives of those we engage with, aiming to create a positive and forward-thinking environment in all our interactions.

Next, the question is, “What is a growth mindset? What is a fixed mindset?“

The growth mindset is characterized by the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence can be developed over time through dedication, effort, and learning. Individuals with a growth mindset see challenges as opportunities for learning and view failures as a natural part of a learning process. Embracing a growth mindset fosters resilience, a love for learning, and a willingness to persist in the face of obstacles.

In contrast, a fixed mindset is rooted in the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence are static, limited traits that cannot be significantly changed. People with a fixed mindset may avoid challenges to maintain a sense of competence, shy away from effort, and see setbacks as indications of their inherent limitations rather than growth opportunities.

Stanford’s psychologist Carol Dweck and her colleagues conceived the idea of a growth mindset to provide language to describe the concept that a person’s capacity and talents can be improved over time.

At Mind Shift, our foundational belief is grounded in the notion that everyone possesses the potential to expand their thinking and capabilities. We embrace a growth mindset, recognizing that through dedication, continuous learning, and resilience individuals can enhance their skills and talent over time.

The philosophy underscores our commitment to fostering a culture that encourages personal and professional development, both within our organization and in collaboration with our partners.

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset:

The concepts of abundance and scarcity are deeply intertwined with cognition and mindset, shaping our perspectives and influencing how we perceive the world around us.

Individuals who adopt a mindset of scarcity tend to view resources as limited, a perspective that can significantly impact various aspects of life, including economic systems.

An illustrative example of this scarcity mindset is evident in the events surrounding the toilet paper shortage and supply chain disruption during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

The perception of daily resources as scarce led to shifts in behavior, starkly different from the norm just a few months before the pandemic-induced shutdowns.

Aligning with Stephen Covey's Wisdom:

Conversely, an abundance mindset offers an alternative perspective, portraying the world as a place with ample resources for everyone.

Renowned author Stephen Covey describes this phenomenon as the mentality where people see life as a finite pie, so if one person takes a big piece of the pie, that leaves less for everyone else. In contrast, an abundance mindset sees that there is plenty for everyone. How can this be?

The key differentiator between these mindsets lies in one’s outlook and perspective. The scarcity mindset often emerges from a fear of insufficiency, driving behaviors rooted in competition and preservation.

On the other hand, the abundance mindset stems from the belief that opportunities and resources are not finite, promoting collaboration, generosity, and a positive outlook on life.

At Mind Shift, we recognize the power of a transformative mindset,  and we are here to assist individuals in cultivating an abundance mindset.

Through our initiatives and support, we aim to empower neurodiverse individuals to see the world as a place of abundance with opportunities, fostering a positive and collaborative approach to life’s challenges.

Going back to Stephen Covey, my father who was a brilliant business leader in his field, gave me and my five siblings a copy of Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one Christmas. I still have that book on my shelf. I will page through it periodically, and I always find helpful guidance. What are the seven habits? I like to think of them as the street signs that help us in our lives.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

1

Be proactive

2

Begin with the end in mind

3

Put first things first

4

Think win-win

5

Seek first to understand, then to be understood

6

Synergize (Innovative solutions that leverage differences)

7

Sharpen the saw (Maintain your own work/life balance) - Self Care

Conclusion:

These habits can be learned and cultivated throughout life. None of us is perfect. We may need more time or less time to learn new things.

We may need lots of practice! As we begin a new year, I challenge all of us, including myself, to revisit our mindsets and to learn and grow in our thinking throughout the year.