Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mindsets Matter

Over the years of helping my clients create more success, one factor that stands out more than any other is your mindset.
 
Your mindset matters. A lot.

Think about it. Right now, are you as successful, across all aspects of your life as you desire?

If you are, terrific! Keep doing whatever it is that you are doing that has created your success.

Most people are not as successful as they would like to be.
So what's stopping them from being as successful as they desire? Better still, what is stopping you from being as successful as you wish to be?

Logically if you are not as successful as you desire, then your theories, or mindset for creating success is not working, at least not completely. It might be working in some areas of your life, but not all areas of your life. In fact, if you really think about, you have multiple theories about success. You will have theories about how to create successful relationships, how to create a successful business, how to create a successful career, how to be healthy etcetera. Some of these theories will be working. Some won't be, but you'll still be using them. And then you wonder why you aren't as successful as you desire.

Here's the kicker. Some of your theories for success used to work. So you keep using them. However the world changes. You change. Yet you keep using these old theories that used to work.
These theories are embedded into your mindset and stop you from creating future success. Yes, that is right. Your old theories that once created success are no longer valid and new theories must be adopted. The evidence is as plain as the nose on your face, especially if you're not as successful as you desire to be.

When did you last consider your mindset? Are you even aware of your theories for success? How do you know they still work?

One mindset that many employees have is that it is their organisation's responsibility to develop them. This mindset is akin to abdicating your responsibility for your continued development. Why would anyone consciously make that choice? The issue is that people don't consciously make this choice, they subconsciously make this choice. The outcome of such a mindset is that the person loses. Big time. If your organisation doesn't invest in your development then, with this mindset you are screwed. To be brutally honest an organisation that doesn't prioritise or invest in your development isn't a high performing organisation and probably isn't worthy of your full talents. But if you don't develop yourself under such circumstances then your full talents won't be worth much either. Not to prospective employers anyhow. And then you're stuck. You're stuck with an employer who isn't developing you and because your mindset is that it is their responsibility to do that, you don't improve yourself. And then you can't get a job anywhere else. Not a very secure strategy if you ask me!


When did you last consider your mindset? Are you even aware of your theories for success? How do you know they still work?

At the same time, your mindset is the most important factor for creating the future success you desire. If you don't change your mindset or maintain a strong and proactive one, you'll keep doing what you've been doing and you'll continue to be dissatisfied with your level of success.
It doesn't have to be that way. Improve yourself and take control of your development. Use whatever development your organisation offers as a bonus and take charge of creating the success you desire.

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