Defining Mindsets
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“We can embrace mindsets as habits that our minds depend on—formed by previous experiences and the unconscious and conscious beliefs that we form along the way.” Ana Melikian I believe that leveraging our mindsets can allow us to release our potential as individuals, groups, and organizations. But before we can tap into it, we need to understand what a mindset is. The challenge lies in that there are as many definitions of mindset as there are mindset experts. So, when I was writing the introduction to the Mindset Zone book, I intentionally made a deep dive into the different meanings of mindset and organized them into three categories. In this episode, I define mindsets using three different approaches. I outline positive psychology’s description of mindset as a set of beliefs. I discuss how cognitive psychology sees mindsets as information-processing styles used to accomplish specific tasks. I describe organizational psychology’s view that mindsets are filters that inform our worldviews. I also share my own definition of mindset and underscore the Mindset Zone’s mission to help tap and release humanity’s potential. This week on The Mindset Zone: * Identifying the three approaches to defining mindset * Mindsets and the human potential for learning and change * The “fixed” mindset and my self-perception about singing * The “growth” mindset and how dyslexia became my superpower * Cognitive psychology’s definition of mindset * How setting and implementing goals require different kinds of mindsets to be successful * The difference between “deliberative” and “implemental” mindsets * The value of knowing when to remain unfocused and focused * Tapping and releasing our human potential through self-development work and positive psychology * Understanding our nature as connecting beings * The different ways to unleash and amplify our potential as human beings * My definition of mindsets * Challenging our beliefs and expanding what’s possible * How learning about habit transformation can shift our mindset and lives * What it takes to evolve in a constantly and rapidly changing world * The mission of the Mindset Zone podcast Resources Mentioned: * Book: Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen * Book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
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