Thoughts when repeated become beliefs.
…and beliefs, over time, become your mindset.
…and your mindset heavily determines your outlook and your actions.
…and your actions determine your results.
For the first 40 years of my life, I held certain beliefs about myself that kept me from playing bigger. It’s only been in the last ten years, that I have started to challenge what I believed about myself and because of that, my outlook, actions, and results have been far more positive.
The biggest influence on this shift is stepping onto a yoga mat 10 years ago after an extended illness left me with little lung capacity, no muscle mass, and limited energy.
Over time, I recognized that not only was my body changing, but my mind was also growing stronger. Yoga was literally changing what I believed about myself which influenced my outlook, actions, and results.
Without knowing it, I was moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by Stanford University Psychologist, Carol Dweck. Dweck’s research is outlined in her easy to read book Mindset The New Psychology of Success.
A fixed mindset will cause you to avoid experiences where you might feel like a failure. As a result, you don't learn as much and it's hard to get better. In short, it limits your potential. In my case, I believed that I had a certain amount of intelligence, ability, and personality that I had to protect and prove. So I wouldn’t risk failing. I played it cool. I would avoid a challenge or put in very little effort to justify the outcome. If I didn’t try than it didn’t mean anything... and it didn’t hurt as much. At least that’s what I told myself.
A growth mindset knows with enough effort , you can learn anything you want. More importantly, failure is viewed as just information and a pathway to success.
How My Mindset Shifted
As stated earlier, Yoga was the first time that I consciously chose to get out of my comfort zone and challenged what I believed about myself and what failure really meant. I started to approach my practice with curiosity and a willingness to try. As I developed these mental grooves “on the mat”, it translated into other areas of my life. Outside of Yoga, I have worked with my own life coach and have found many powerful tools and practices from my Applied Positive Psychology Studies. This book is one of those tools.
Learn How to Change Your Mindset
Get this book and find a yoga class. If you want a crash course on mindset and how you may be holding yourself back from realizing your potential, join me tomorrow (Thursday, June 7) for Women, Wine, and Well-Being. A New Kind of “Happy Hour” where you can enjoy a glass of wine and learn some practical tools to increase your success health, and happiness.