A Mindset is essentially a form of thought that naturally comes to you.
It is a set of beliefs that tunnel your thoughts into certain thinking patterns and, therefore, action patterns.
Things like a Fear Mindset, Greed Mindset or Growth Mindset are as straight-forward as we think they are.
They all revolve around having certain types of thoughts in every situation.
For example: A fear mindset will find something to fear in every situation.
When a bill shows up in their mail they immediately begin to fear being poor, when they find themselves standing awkwardly at the sidelines of a party they snowball this to the fear of being alone forever, and when they are tasked to give a very short, almost irrelevant, presentation at work their mindset throws them into the worst possible outcomes.
A growth mindset, on the other hand, would lead the person to think about ways to expand upon those situations.
Mindsets are a collection of beliefs that interact to form certain patterns.
It’s as though we all view the world through our own belief-tinted lenses.
These lenses provide a view of the world which we interact with, but which is not always the way the world actually is.
If you are wearing blue-tinted lenses, for example, you will not notice some of the things around that are blue, as they will fade into the background.
But the blue things will still exist, it is just that we do not see them because our mindsets push us to other thoughts.
It is in this way people can very easily get stuck into their own head and live a life that is very far from reality as a whole, for the blue tint becomes their reality.
That being said, we can also use this to our advantage.
By changing our thoughts and beliefs we change the patterns our minds thrust us into and create a passive system of support that can become our greatest ally.
Such as developing a Growth Mindset could lead to us not only thinking about how to expand our lives but also avoids us diving into a fear or greed mindset.