What’s Your Mindset?
In other words, what’s your intention, your inclination? Where is your mind set? Where is your mind going?
Whether our minds are purposefully set or not, we all have what we call a “mindset.” This is the whole of your thoughts and beliefs that you think everything though. It shapes your habits of thought. It’s the frame around how you think. It’s actually how you frame what you think–isn’t that interesting that we use the expression “frame of mind?
In my career as a personal trainer, I once had a lovely client who saw herself as an “ugly fat cow.” Every time she saw herself in my wall-to-wall mirror, she pointed her chin to the mirror and say, “you ugly fat cow!” At least three times a session. Sometimes more.
She said it. She believed it. She was it in her own mind. That was her mindset. And as long as that is where her mind was set, her body never changed. No matter how hard she worked. No matter how little she ate. Nothing changed.
You ugly fat cow.
I began to talk to her about her thought habits that ruled her speech. We eventually got to the place where she was willing to “re-frame” her thoughts about herself. She changed her thoughts. She changed her mindset. And her body changed.
Life happens from the inside out.
But we often we want to do things backwards, looking for the outs before we get to the ins. Investing into changing our inside first by nourishing our minds, cherishing our souls, changing our mindset seems a bit seems lame. Too labor intensive. Stupid.
Yet controlling and growing our inside life–our thought habits, our mindset–in the right direction is truly the first pillar of change.
Because we always, always live from our mindset.
And this one pillar, it is the one that will cause all other pillars to line up just right. And only when this one pillar is well established can we actually change for real.
Your mindset reaches into your past, your present and your future.
How you interpret your past has everything to do with how you frame it. And how you frame your past will determine how you feel about it, how you think about it, what you choose to do about it. In a very real way, your past is subject to your mindset today, and you can change it. That is very good news because your very own mindset, not your situations, is what shapes what lies behind you, before you and within you.
So, how about working with it a bit? Hmm…
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