The Foundational Role of Mindsets
Since our mindsets shape how we see and interpret the world around us, our mindsets are at the foundation of who we are and how we live our lives. Because our mindsets dictate how we see and interpret our world, they drive our thinking, learning, and behavior. Our thinking, learning, and behavior then dictate how successful we are across our life, work, and leadership, which is ultimately founded upon our mindsets.
Promotion And Prevention Mindsets
When individuals approach life and their activities seeking to avoid problems and not lose, they operate with a prevention mindset. But, when they approach life and activities seeking to make gains and win, they are driven by a promotion mindset. These mindsets and their respective implications on our life, work, and leadership rest on a continuum, with prevention on the negative side and promotion on the positive. Just like the prior two sets of mindsets discussed these have profound implications.
Getting Real With Inward And Outward Mindsets
Of the four sets of mindsets, the inward/outward continuum can change within us the most rapidly. Literally, in the course of a day, we can fluctuate between the two mindsets multiple times.
One of the critical things we need to recognize is that, regardless of our internal factors or environment, we can choose which mindset to adopt and utilize. We can do anything with either an inward or outward mindset. When in a competitive environment, I can allow my natural inward mindset to come out or intentionally choose to wear an outward mindset. We have the power to adjust and change from one to the other, with significant positive effects to our life, work, and leadership.
Ultimately, as human beings, our most basic responsibility is to see others as people of value. This require an outward mindset. If we can upgrade our mindsets to be more outward, we will enhance that quality of our relationships, improve our effectiveness at work, and become leaders others want to follow and be influenced by.
Awakening To Our Fear And Self-Betrayal
The two primary reasons why we turn inward, fear and self-betrayal, make it easy for us to justify possessing an inward mindset. When we are unaware of our fear and self-betrayal, we are oblivious that we even have an inward mindset and, unfortunately, blind to the fact that there is a much better and more productive alternative. Until we can awaken to the reasons why we turn inward, we will have a difficult time shifting our mindsets to be more outward.
Open And Closed Mindsets
Each mindset is driven by a different goal. When we have a closed mindset, we are primarily concerned about being right and being seen as such. We tend to think that what we know is best and therefore close our minds to the ideas and suggestions of others. We value only the information that supports and validates our ideas, while avoiding ideas that might indicate we are wrong.
When we have an open mindset, we are primarily concerned about seeking truth and thinking optimally. This desire comes with the beliefs that we have incomplete information and can be wrong. It drives us to be open to and seek out the ideas and suggestions of others to improve our current position and come closer to the truth. With this mindset, we are able to put of four ego’s need to be seen as being right or having all the answers and avoid blind spots that limit the quality of our thinking and decision-making.
Embrace An Outward Mindset
A core message of this book has been that how we see our situations and the people we associate with changes how we think about them. It is only when we have an outward mindset that we are able to see and appreciate the true value of others. Having an outward mindset is the only way to see and appreciate the true value of ourselves relative to others.
Fixed And Growth Mindsets
When someone possesses a fixed mindset, they believe that their abilities, talents, and intelligence, as well as those of others, cannot change. When someone possesses a growth mindset, they believe that their personal attributes are able to change.
This is a small difference with huge implications. Each of us has a battle going on within. We want to look good to others, but we also want to learn and grow. However, it is quite difficult to do both at the same time. If we want to look good, we are unlikely to put ourselves in positions where we may make mistakes and fail. But aren’t these the very situations where we are likely to learn and grow the most? To resolve this battle, we end up developing neural connections that cause us to focus on one over the other: looking good or learning and growing….
Those with a fixed mindset place priority on looking good.
Those with a growth mindset place priority on learning and growing. As such, they seek to put themselves in positions to maximize their development. Rather than avoiding challenges or getting frustrated when facing challenges, they see them as opportunities to advance and progress and remain optimistic.