MINDSET + SKILLSET
Why is it that some people seem to shine in any sphere in which they choose to exert themselves, and others cannot manage even a glimmer despite obvious talent?
Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?
The hare was so certain that he would win that he sat down and went to sleep during the race.
The tortoise just plodded on and kept going, always thinking that he had a chance of winning. When the hare woke, he started running as fast as he could, but he was just too late: the tortoise had won.
The hare had a fixed mindset. He believed that his innate ability would always mean that he would win whatever he did. The hare had all the skill source of winning but not the mindset.
The tortoise had a growth mindset. He believed that he needed to work hard and keep going if he was to win. He was also not afraid of failure or he would never have agreed to race the hare. Of course, the tortoise isn’t that much skilled enough like the hare to win the race but its positive mindset made it win the race.
The term ‘skills’ is very broad and really covers all manners of soft and hard skills we need in order to be successful in our professional and personal lives. Skills are the expertise or talent needed in order to do a job or task. Job skills allow you to do a particular job and life skills help you through everyday tasks. There are many different types of skills that can help you succeed in all aspects of your life whether it’s school, work, or even a sport or hobby.
Skills are what makes you confident and independent in life and are essential for success. It might take determination and practice, but almost any skill can be learned or improved. Set yourself realistic expectations and goals, get organized, and get learning.
Mindsets are not just important for learning new skills. They can affect the way that we think about everything. Your mindset plays a critical role in how you cope with life’s challenges. In school, a growth mindset can contribute to greater achievement and increased effort. When facing a problem such as trying to find a new job, people with growth mindsets show greater resilience. They are more likely to persevere in the face of setbacks while those with fixed mindsets are more liable to give up.
“Thoughts are behaviors we haven’t learned to observe yet.” — B.F. Skinner
What is the mindset?
Let’s keep it simple before we dive in:
A way of thinking.
In a word, a mental inclination or disposition, or a frame of mind.
Your mindset is your collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. And your thought habits affect how you think, what you feel, and what you do. Your mind-set impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of yourself.
Your mindset is a big deal.
WHICH IS IMPORTANT?
These days, expanding your knowledge and skill base is more a requirement than a choice. If you don’t know what to study or which learning opportunities are at your disposal, try looking into the things you’re curious about. Ask yourself, “What have I been interested in or passionate about since childhood?” Answer that and you’ll discover the learning journey you should pursue. You’ll also discover immeasurable satisfaction in learning. Whether for hobby or career purposes, learning brings joy and satisfaction, regardless of age or professional standing.
When faced with stressful situations, positive thinkers cope more effectively than pessimists. In one study, researchers found that when optimists encounter disappointment (such as not getting a job or promotion) they are more likely to focus on things they can do to resolve the situation.
Rather than dwelling on their frustrations or things that they cannot change, they will devise a plan of action and ask others for assistance and advice. Pessimists, on the other hand, simply assume that the situation is out of their control and there is nothing they can do to change it.
Here is the point where optimist makes their effective outcome with what they think and what they do. In short, an optimist never fails to see the opportunity in all the circumstances.
To protect yourself against negative influences, whether of your making or the results of the activities of negative people around you, recognize that you have will-power, and put it into constant use until it builds a wall of immunity against negative influences in your own mind.
Recognize the fact that you and every other human being are by nature, lazy, indifferent, and susceptible to all suggestions which harmonize with your weaknesses.
Recognize that you are, by nature, susceptible to all the six basic fears, and set up habits for the purposes of counteracting all the fears.
Recognize that negative influences often work on you through your subconscious mind. Therefore they are difficult to detect and keep your mind closed against all people who depress or discourage you in any way.
Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to THINK AND ACT FOR YOURSELF.
Do not expect troubles as they have a tendency not to disappoint.
Without any doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people. This weakness is all the more damaging because most people do not recognize that they are cursed by it and many who acknowledge it, neglect or refuse to correct the evil and till it becomes an uncontrollable part of their daily habits.
“If you are awake in this, for sure you will have the most positive mind and the best attitude.”
It is not that only if you have skills you could get a positive attitude or mindset towards the task you are pursuing but that one positive mindset can make you learn a lot of skills.
“ Plant positivity
Grow your mindset
Water it with love
Integrate your mindset with your skillset
Fruit of success is yours..”