I just crossed an important milestone.
Today’s article is the 75th in this column ‘Destination Mindset’. When I paused and looked back I realised that while all of us evolve to mindsets for better results, we also adopt several mindsets to become our best version. So I thought that this ìs the right time to retrospect and refresh òur approach to how we adopt to various mindsets at the same time. The state of mind management to create a dynamic ‘Blend Mindset’ takes you to completely a different level. Your mindset mix varies with change which is the only constant as well as your own evolution as a person. So what is ‘Blend Mindset’ and how do you develop it?
Monthly gap analysis
Mindset development is a careful and a deliberate act to help ýou map your effectiveness as a professional and a person. Most often you need to start doing new things and stop doing old things. Sounds simple but to create a habit and change of nature, you need to ensure that your change reflects in your behavior as an auto response. The best way is to first map your purpose and then plot out the hard and soft skills you need to achieve your purpose. Then do your own swot analysis to highlight your gaps. From these gaps you can align to the blend of mindsets you need to achieve your purpose. There will always be a primary mindset you will need to adopt which will tackle your most important gap and then various secondary mindsets which will enable you become your best version. So if you choose to become a better leader to achieve more for your team and yourself and you choose to adopt a ‘Growth Mindset’ as your primary mindset you also need to see what are the major other shortcomings you might have and how you can overcome them. Say you need to multitask better you could adopt the ‘Multitasking mindset’ as one of your secondary mindsets. If time management is a deterrent for you you could also adopt a ‘Time value mindset’ and so on.
As human beings we can adapt and learn very fast. So you need to check out your blend mindset levels periodically. Also with changes in challenges and opportunities you may need to shift focus on your primary mindset. This is why a monthly gap analysis is needed for you to refine and reinvent you mindset blend.
Ensure real and measurable change
As they say, your ‘Good Health’ mindset is only effective if your health indicators actually improve after you adopt this mindset. Yes, we all hit the gym with a revenge, go on a drastic diet etc to loose weight and become fit. But if your weight does not reduce in kilos or you cannot really see an improvement in your health, the change is neither real nor measurable.
It’s much easier to change some habits like eating less exercising more and loosing weight but changing your mindset is much more difficult because you change the way you think, react and behave. It’s really changing the way your mind is set to the way you want it to be set. To ensure real and measurable change you will need to track your mindset change and ensure that the transformation you seek, really happens. The best way other than ruthless self analysis is to select genuine friends or relatives as ‘Mindset change mentors’. Their frank and free feedback is critical. You can pivot your evolution accordingly. Also see the way your colleagues and key professional network react to you. Their reaction should be constructively different. Then you will know that you have made a real and measurable change.
‘Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right’ Henry Ford
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