Mindset: Is it as critical as people say?

“Everything You Think About Your Future is Correct—
Regardless If It Is Actually True or Not.”

I made that statement about mindset the other day while on a coaching call.  As soon as I said it, the person on the other end of the line said, “Wait.  Can you say that again?  That’s a ‘writer-downer’.”

I chuckled a little bit and then wrote it down myself.  Since then, I have been chewing on and wrestling with that statement, both for my coaching client and also for me.

You see, mindset is at the core of everything I do and coach.  Some people talk about it, others don’t believe that mindset actually makes that big of a difference.  I cannot disagree more because I am living proof of the impact mindset makes.  Here is why…

I am naturally a skeptic.  I wish I were not, but I am.  I have to make time every single day a part of my morning routine to stop, think about where I am and what I want to do, and then focus my mindset for the day.  You could say that this morning ritual for me is my “mindset engine.”  And candidly, it has made all the difference between being a dreamer and being a doer.

Mindset = Dreams into Reality

For some time prior to taking on coaching clients, I thought about mindset a lot.  And looking back on it now, I can clearly see that my mindset was in wish/dream mode instead of strategy/action mode.  Now, I can see that while I was thinking about it, I was merely making excuses and giving my thoughts plenty of room to talk me out of starting.

What it all boiled down to was this: I was afraid to put myself out there because of fear.  Afraid that no one would be interested, or that no one would pay me for my time, or that I could actually help someone.

However, within the first couple coaching sessions back in those early days, my fears were set aside.

But sadly, what I had allowed myself to think had become real—even though it was not true.  Thus, my comment above.

So what about you?  Where is your mindset?  Is it working for you to drive positive action OR is it confounding you can keeping you on the sideline?

I know for a fact, you can do anything you want to.  I am living proof.  What is holding you back?  Drop me a comment here or back on the Facebook post to let me know.  I would love to talk about it.

RESOURCE NOTE:  One of the best resources I have read about this is a fantastic book by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., called Mindset.  I highly recommend the read.

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Kevin is a husband to Susie, dad to Natalee and Mallory, step-dad to Carlea and Abbie, a  life-long musician, avid photographer, political junkie, internet addict, and developing author. Connect via Twitter  or Facebook or via Linkedin.  To request a free 20-Minute Breakout Call, click here.

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