Opinion: The Mindset – By Shakka Nensok Peter

Developing the right mindset is really crucial to succeed in anything.
Possibly more than any other single factor, your mindset determines your success. What you think is what you become.
Your mindset is the sum of your knowledge, including beliefs and thoughts about the world and yourself in it. It is your filter for information you get in and put out. So it determines how you receive and react information.
It’s often used for a specific part in your life, as in “the mindset of an entrepreneur” or “the growth mindset”. And having the right mindset for what you go for is often the biggest factor.
Developing the right mindset is then the way learning something new and strip out the most relevant information. Then you develop the beliefs that are most helpful for where you want to go or how you want to be. This belief-system is then your mindset.
Find the beliefs that are most supportive
Check if the beliefs are in harmony with (a potential) reality
You want to use your mindset to make a positive change. That’s why your beliefs don’t necessarily have to reflect your current reality. But of course the reality you believe in should be possible.
If you believe “I am a successful entrepreneur”, you will act in that way. If you believe “I want to be a successful entrepreneur”, you will act in this way too: like you are NO successful entrepreneur.
I personally found adopting beliefs that seem slightly out of reach is very powerful. Because it changes your mindset and therefore how you behave. For the better, It let’s you grow.

Internal dialogue–the ongoing conversation we all have with our mindset–is the driving force behind every success story, and also behind every failure.

The difference between who you are and who you want to be stems from your mindset. Once you start to change your mindset, you will immediately start to change your behavior.

The following can help you to develop the right mindset for your situation:

1. Get the Best Information Only
Try to find the very best information in your field. Then focus on learning this information only
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2. Role Model the Best People
Similar to #1 look for the best people in your field and try to model what they did right. Adopt their kind of thinking and mindset

3. Examine Your Current Beliefs
Examine your mindset by looking at your current belief-system. Are these beliefs supporting you? Or are there self limiting beliefs? You have to identify those possible blocks and turn them around. Because whether you know about limiting beliefs or not, they are working in your subconscious mind.
To uncover your beliefs ask yourself the right questions about where you want to go and what is standing in your way right now. The key then is to turn those beliefs around by declaring supportive statements on the same belief. To internalize these new supportive beliefs you can make use of affirmations.

4. Shape Your Mindset with Vision and Goals
A proactive approach to build your mindset is to clearly see where you want to go. Seeing a vision, images describing your end result clearly in your minds eye, will create a strong pull towards this end result. Then go on and break your vision into goals. It will shape your mindset to conform with your vision.
Learn and adapt from your own experience and always try to look deeper for the real reasons why you get the results you are getting.

5. Find Your Voice
One of the most beautiful things is when you find your very own way, something you could call finding your voice.
To help you find this, answer these 4 questions. 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.
Your voice is what you express 100% authentically, it is the unique thing that you can add to the world, because you are who you are.

6. Protect Your Mindset
One thing you have to do is to protect your mindset against the naysayers and people who want to drag you down. You also have to protect it against bad information and against overload (see #1). Keeping your confidence is a big thing. So please stay on the right path, look to improve yourself and to help others along the way. You can’t go wrong with that.

To do anything great, you have to be able to trust yourself and believe in your capabilities. Success is not something that just happens but something you create.

You have to have the confidence to banish any negative voices in your head. Don’t give up on the things you believe in–and most important, don’t give up on yourself.Knowing what you want and willing yourself to reach it are two different things. When you know your goals, they motivate you. Remember, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Set high goals and don’t stop until you reach them.There’s a fine line between moving forward and standing still. The most successful people do all they can to move forward, but they also have the patience to wait and watch. Those who are impatient tend to lose out on great opportunities. Sometimes you have to wait for the right thing.Doing anything great requires courage, but fear always has a way of showing up. Courage does not mean being unafraid; having courage and showing courage means facing your fears, saying “I am scared and I am moving forward anyway.” Courage is like a muscle you can strengthen with use.One of the worst setbacks that can happen is losing focus and allowing procrastination to step in. Important as it is, it’s difficult to be focused and disciplined. The best way is to stay in the here and now and to concentrate on everything going on in this particular moment. Distraction wastes time, and procrastination keeps you from moving forward. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment, and a mindset of focus builds that bridge.Choosing to be positive and having a good attitude will determine a lot about your life. If you set your mind to positivity it can go a long way. Be positive, not passive. Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t, give yourself reasons why you can and permission to go for it. Happiness doesn’t come from circumstances but always from within.
Just because you are struggling, that doesn’t mean you’re not learning. Every failure has something to teach you, and everything you learn helps you grow. If you are unwilling to learn, no one can help you; if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Every great success requires some kind of struggle, and good things really do come to those who work hard and struggle to pursue their goals and dreams they believe in. To radically change your life, you have to change yourself. Start building your new mindset today–think the thoughts that will help you move toward your goals right now.

“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.”

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.”

As Dweck says, “Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.”

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