What current results in your life are you experiencing that you would like to be different? In order to enjoy new results there has to be a shift in mindset. Changing the mindset is such an important and valuable concept that a conference has once again brought me on board requesting my Mindset During Challenging Times topic.
Einstein is credited with expressing the idea that we are unable to solve a problem with the same mind that identified the problem. This concept easily expands beyond “problem” to include “results” of any capacity. Therefore, in order to change the results you dislike; personally or professionally; requires your learning to expand (or modify) your current knowledge, skills and beliefs. Your current mindset has already shown you what it is capable of producing!
Most people agree that learning is essential, yet few seem to actually commit to the process. Learning is a process that entails more than exposure to and talking about ideas and techniques. Think back to when we were in grade school. Introduction to info was insufficient, repetitive practice was necessary. How would someone who observed you in your daily routine recognize your commitment to learning?
Before continuing, recall (or re-read) the original question and then revisit the third sentence in the second paragraph. What does one change? One significant area is the use of language, as it is a key indicator of the mindset. All of my clients; whether at organizations and conferences for speaking or coaching/consulting; can attest to both my emphasis with re-training ourselves in this capacity and the tremendous benefits they’ve experienced as a result of their persistence to implement.
Some words and phrases that typically produce results people dislike include: can’t (literally said or implied), trying, don’t want and one that recently came to light for me, I am.
Confused on the last one? You may remember from Goal Setting for the Recovering Excuse Maker the importance and power of the words “I am.” They are important and they are powerful! Point is to be careful when, where and how you use them. My new awareness with “I am” is based on my recently discovered too frequent usage of “I’m confused.” Of course “I’m” is the equivalent of “I am.”
Because of the power of those two small words and my previously oblivious correlation to my verbiage in this regard, inadvertently my attention was on confusion. Anything we put our focus on we draw more of to us. Yikes, changed that in a hurry!
What change? A simple adjustment to saying “I feel confused” (when occurs) instead of “I’m confused” which acknowledges the current state without embodying it as a claim. When we use the words “I am” it is a statement of affirmation and reinforcement. Monitor what follows after you say “I am,” and ask yourself, is that really what you want to be attracting? Sound trite? Work with it for the next thirty days and see what happens. Stay tuned in and pay close attention as the changes are often subtle, yet significant. Practice, have fun, there’s nothing to lose. Immediate thoughts? Then check back and share your experience.