Empowering Your Excellence 'If you were a magnet what could be drawn to you?'
Question of the Blog: If you were a magnet what could be drawn to you? For most people this question takes some deliberation and some thinking to answer.
As Conceivers, we believe the answer to the question begins with "Mindset" and "Mindfulness"
According to Dr. Carol Dweck (2006) we can "learn to fulfill our potential" if we adapt a "growth mindset" and release our "fixed mindset". Dweck's Mindset Theory (2006) has been widely accepted to explain why some people excel at completing tasks, project, or goals; while others fall short. For example, according to Dweck,
People who have a Fixed Mindset tend to do the following:
Want to be told they are smart
View success as luck
Quit when frustrated
Fear of failure
People with a Growth Mindset tend to do the following:
View success as effort
Accept failure as a process
Persevere when frustrated
Dr. Dweck's mindset research is based on the power of belief, and how changing our belief (mindset) about our potential can change our outcomes. That is empowering!
"Mindfulness is being aware of or bringing attention to this moment in time, deliberately and without judging the experience" (Collard, 2014).
Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994) created Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation as coping strategies to help people to understand how to let go of stress and to live in our moments. According to those who practice mindfulness meditation we can all find our moments in life by increasing awareness of everything in our existence. According to Collard (2014) the Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness include:
Increased experience of calm and relaxation
Higher levels of energy and enthusiasm for living
Increased self-confidence and self-acceptance
Less danger of experiencing stress, depression, or anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, or low immune efficiency
More self-compassion and compassion for others and our planet.
Adapting a growth mindset can positively impact our resourcefulness and capabilities to face and resolve the challenges and difficulties we face in life, while mindfulness is a way to bring color and brightness to our world.
Strategies to adapt a growth mindset. Each time you are faced with a challenge start by saying to yourself. What can I learn from this experience? Do this every time you have a task, goal, or challenge. This is how to evolve your growth mindset.
Strategies to practice mindfulness. Live in your moments. Take 5 min each day to observe your surroundings, your breathing, your body functioning, your people experiences. With these observations let go of whatever stress you are carrying.
Using a growth mindset and mindfulness can help us to define ourselves and positively answer the question. If you were a magnet what would be drawn to you?
References and Good Readings:
Collard, P. (2014). The little book of mindfulness Dweck, C.S(2006). Mindset the new psychology of success: How we can learn to fulfill our potential Kabat-Zinn, J.(1994) Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.