Most likely you’ve heard these wise words a few times throughout your life:
- “You need a positive mindset.”
- “It’s all about mindset.”
- ”Just change your mindset.”
- “Successful people have a positive mindset.”
- “It’s just your mindset.”
And you might be working hard on following the well-meant advice and using tools and techniques to impact your mindset. But despite tweaking your mindset, you may find yourself feeling stuck and not seeing results. Something may seem to be missing to support your success.
Mindset training is powerful and has evolved a lot over the years. A classical concept that still has value is looking at the fixed and growth mindset and more so, how we can add the element of flow to it.
Our mindset is the beliefs we carry about ourselves, others and our environment. Those beliefs have formed over time from external inputs around us such as parents, teachers, the environment and our experiences. There is interesting work and research that has been published over the years by Stanford University psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck about mindset and our relationship with success and failure. Dr. Dweck established the terms of Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset.
Fixed vs Growth Mindset
With a fixed mindset we assume that our character, intelligence and creative abilities are static, we can’t change them, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence. Striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs becomes a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. In this mindset, failure is seen as a setback and setbacks are considered a negative sentence.
In the growth mindset we thrive on challenges and see failures as an inspiring springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Here, failure is about not growing, not reaching for the things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential. And setbacks are seen as motivating and informative input – it’s just a wakeup call! (Dr. Carol Dweck).
When we use mindflow we accept that we don’t always have control over everything, we can let go and tap into our natural abilities to achieve our results.
The renowned positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi shares, what you are experiencing in that moment is known as flow, a state of complete immersion in an activity. He describes the mental state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follow inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
How to Reach a Flow
To allow our mind to flow more frequently in our lives and business, we can rewire our brain and tap into our natural abilities. You can:
- Learn techniques to develop and enhance your growth mindset qualities and mindflow
- Let your heart get you in the flow state. Do more of what you love and what inspires you.
- Capitalize on your abilities and nature’s flow and energy. Find what works for you.
Also, consider the flow is impacted by the way you live, your sleep, exercise, diet, relationships and more.
Dealing with Change
Being able to expand your growth mindset and adding the flow will bring you joy and success. It also enables you to deal with change more effectively. To embrace change according to Pearl Zhu, ”It requires that we move from mind SET to mind FLOW, from fixed mind to growth mind, so that it allows the mind to seek possibility or to make the impossible possible.”
Consider your mind as a running river that keeps flowing in the direction of your dream destination.
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