Is Mindset Really That Important?
To understand the importance of ‘mindset’ we need to first understand the effect of influence. We are influenced by almost everything around us. We may not be conscious of many of those influences but they are present and affecting us every day. From the time we are born the things we do, hear, see and experience influence the way we think and the way we look at various aspects of our lives and the world around us. People we cone in contact with regularly, television, radio and newspapers all have an influence on us. Those influences have an effect on our mindset.
So what exactly is mindset? It is your mental attitude which determines how you will react and respond to the various situations you find yourself in each day. We’ve all had those days where nothing seems to go right. On those sort of days we generally react in a more negative way to situations that normally would have little effect or cause no reaction. We don’t have to do that though. If we actually stop and think about the situation and realize that it isn’t something that would normally affect us then we can approach that situation with a more positive mindset.
Mindset affects negative emotions such as fear and worry and also affects positive emotions such as satisfaction and happiness. Many people suffer bouts of serious depression and in many cases the greatest contributing factor is their mindset. The situation they are in isn’t necessarily as serious as their mind is telling them it is, but unless they learn how to alter their mindset then their negative thoughts can have a devastating affect on their life and their lifestyle.
Successful people generally have a very positive mindset. Now you may say that it’s easy to be positive when you are successful, but it generally works the other way around. If you have a positive mindset then you have a much greater chance of being successful and happy with your life. Common sense tells us that if you don’t really believe you can achieve your goals then you have a much greater chance of quitting prematurely. If a world champion sports person never had the belief that they could compete at international level then I’m sure they would not have taken the time and effort to achieve that goal. Why would you pursue a goal that you didn’t really believe in?
A positive mindset can help strip away the doubt and allow you to see your true potential. People who achieve great things weren’t born great. In most cases they had a good idea or a dream and were passionate and motivated enough that they didn’t allow anything to stop them from achieving their goals. Having a positive mindset allows you to focus on the things that matter. It releases you from the excess baggage that comes with unnecessary worry or fear and allows you to pursue your important goals fully knowing and believing that you can achieve those goals.