The #3 personal transformational Mind-Set drivers
Mind-set simply means an individual’s way of thinking and their opinions – Cambridge Dictionary. The mind is the power engine of mankind, it is the foundation of thoughts, beliefs and actions that align us to perform and achieve. It is within the power of the right ways of the mind that brings our potential capacities to do something into perspective.
We cannot therefore talk of any growth potential in anything, whether in faith, career, business, family and so forth, without addressing the question of the preparedness of our mind- set to: envision, conceptualize, perceive and imagine the growth we want in any aspect of our life. Our thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, value systems and what we eventually achieve and become are influenced by the mind.
We all have different backgrounds; face different challenges, difficulties; and meet various ups and downs: the million-dollar question is “How do we exploit the power of our mind-set to create opportunities in our lives and the environment around us.”
I know there are may be people whose mind is beginning to center on pessimism including, but not limited, to the following:
- My personal situation is very different and difficult – I lost my parents at an early age, I did not study up to University, I have no money to invest; or whatever I get involved in does not work, I am incapacitated, disabled or I am on long-life medication and so forth.
Please have faith and read on.
Throughout my “over twenty years working experience,” in management, leadership, engagement, learning, practice, entrepreneurship and consultancy services, I have observed a number of influencers of growth mind-set that have the power to create changing patterns in our lives. I will examine the three significant influencers in this article:
- The power of questions
- The power of personal strength
- The power of Mentality
- The power of questions: According to Jess Boss: “Nothing has the power to cause a complete mental turn around as that of a question?” Focused and organized questions create curiosity and ignite inquiry into the subject matter. Good questions are driven by purpose and passion towards: why, how and what one wants to achieve. In the bible Mathew 7:7 attests to this when he says: “Ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock and it will be opened to you.”
Therefore, in an effort to get answers to the questions above, there is growth in vocabulary, and in the subject matter of attention: which creates more knowledge and later leads to clarity. With more knowledge and clarity, the brain starts to recognise the language of what you are asking for and focussing on: creating space for possibilities.
We have the opportunity to spend some time thinking what to ask, inquire and search in order to ignite a growth drive in us. Some of the powerful questions that may be of interest to you may include:
- What problem(s) can I solve?
- How can I add value?
- How can I fill the expanding gap?
- What changes do I need to make in order to focus my attention to what matters to me most?
- How can I enjoy the process as I focus on my goals?
- What sacrifices do I have to make now in order to achieve my goals?
The clearer and stronger the answers to the right questions, the more ignition of a positive value to deal with the matter at hand: either adding value to something or filling an expanding gap. In doing this, you begin to create a value belief system in yourself to address the questions before you: accompanying answers with actions. By seeking answers to the right questions from whatever reliable source, you will become more knowledgeable, and will increase your growth potential to succeed.
- The power of personal strength: Personal strength is the foundation of building life basic skills. The understanding and appreciation of what ignites our source of energy and motivation, while observing what takes it away, is of paramount importance. This is in line with what Christopher Reeve noted: “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strengths to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”.
You will notice that at the times when your energy and motivational levels are high, you will certainly produce better results. That is why it is much easier to spend more time on things that you love; or you are passionate about. You now need to learn and apply the language of strengths in your day- to-day life.
This involves acknowledging that you can achieve, deliver, compete, connect, learn and focus. This acknowledgement motivates and energizes you to look for any possible support or help from whatever source to enable you to achieve success or deliver results.
Once you are in a positive state, you can rise up early, turn off social media or telephone for some hours: to deliver your passion or goals. It is further observed that people are more productive early in the morning: they have not yet got any disruptions and negative forces that may interfere with their strengths.
Personally, my best concentration time is 5.00- 7.00a.m. During this time, the work I do sets pace for the day. I know there are situations when you will feel drained. When that happens, quickly check where you are spending your energy, you may notice that some negative forces are beginning to come in such as: I have enough time to do this later, Am I a donkey to work like this? This is a critical point for you to drum up your strength signals; and get more clarity on your purpose, focus and intended outcome. Perhaps, this is the time to invoke and ignite the strength to overshadow your weakness attributes. The power of your intended outcome will then take control for your own benefit.
Nelson Mandela avers: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” These statements hence emphasize the need for charisma; going against the tides and a strong resolve to handle pressure and obstacles to achieve your purpose. This is diluted by Mike Tyson who once said: “Everyone’s got a plan until they are punched in the mouth.” On the other hand, Warren Buffet observed that: “I do not look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” I therefore encourage you to plan and focus on what you can control, not what you cannot. For example, you cannot prepare on how the other person will react to your product or service but you can prepare and position a good product or service to sell.
- The power of mentality: According to Benjamin Disraeli: “Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances are the creatures of men.” It is our thoughts and decisions that play a major role in our growth potential; not the advantages or disadvantages around us. We thus need to be interested and committed to positive intentions so as to be able to create strong mental energy and strength: to attract the growth potential in us.
The power of intention potentially drives your mental attitude to positivity as well as delivery or achievement. The power of intention enables you to act as if you have already achieved success. Benjamin Disraeli illustrated this further when he observed: “A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.” Intention then helps people to build a belief system for things they want to achieve, create or focus on. To develop a strong sense of intention, therefore, you need to deliberately focus; but “On what?” I believe: focusing on some of the following aspects will drive the growth potential in you:
- Finding identity, or what you are known for, calls for you to spend time to clearly understand: who you are, what you believe in, your values, strengths, weaknesses; which will enable you to set the pace for your growth intentions.
- Understanding your purpose and direction, requires you to precisely articulate your goals and how you intend to achieve them. This is implied when Tony Robbins observed: “If you don’t have a plan for your life, someone else does.” Clearly, with purpose and direction, you cannot be easily diverted or interrupted on your journey to achieving growth. You will approach obstacles with strength and energy: focused on purpose; which will enable you to look for all ways (direction) needed to achieve your purpose.
- Active engagement focuses you to do work that creates opportunities. This helps to energize and enable you to meet and address challenging situations with vigor.
- Developing resilience and learning drive provides you with the skills and information necessary to appreciate what is beyond your current sphere of knowledge. Learning opens you to new ideas and risks: empowering you to start getting out of your comfort zone. In the process you will certainly take risks, make mistakes, fall and rise; but in the end build resilience that enables you to grow the strength to succeed.
- Civility and delight are geared at putting a human face to life to have fun in order to appreciate achievements and create enjoyment in your work which is required to rejuvenate you. These moments create time for reflection: required to drive the best out of you.
- Enabling change. It is upon you to be prepared for change; as it is bound to happen any time, and all the time anyway; or to sit and do nothing. Change is likely to happen; coming from many sources including: technology, restructuring, growth, malice and so on. Your mental preparedness and reaction play a more important role than the change itself.
Albert Camus observed: “Life is the sum of all your choices”; implying that the clearer your intentions are, the more the growth potential there is to achieve them in life. Clarity of intention thus provides: focus, attention, drive, insight and foresight; leading you from possibility to reality.
Well, as I conclude, you now notice that the power you possess to drive a growth mind-set is shaped by the nature of your questions, personal strengths and mentality.
Dr. Charles Barugahare (FCCA)
The writer has over 23 years’ experience in financial management, auditing, administration and governance as Accounting Officer, Head of internal Audit, Board Member, Entrepreneur and a Rotarian.