Having a growth mindset that's focused on mastery, will lead to a life of more success and happiness.
Here are 3 habits you can develop to master your mindset and continue your journey of lifelong growth.
“The one thing that you have that nobody has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” - Neil Gaiman
The first step in growth is awareness.
We can’t change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we can’t help but change.
If your mindset is a set of beliefs, then what do you currently believe about yourself?
Who do you want to become in the next 3 years? Do you believe you can become this person?
What are you currently working towards? What’s your mission in life?
These types of questions (among many others) can help you get clarity on your long-term identity.
We often feel worn out with long-term thinking because we are “pushing” to do something, which requires a lot of willpower. But when you’re being “pulled” there is something larger than yourself giving you energy.
That’s your motivation, and if you can make a consistent habit of connecting your purpose to your future identity, you’re going to be in greater alignment with who you are and who you want to be.
Ultimately, when it comes down to mastering your psychology, do you believe you’re capable of becoming that person? If you don’t even have clarity on who that person is, then you’re unlikely to actually grow into that person you dream of becoming.
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” - Abraham Maslow.
Mindset Mastery requires a process of self-examination, reflection, and self-discovery.
For you to know and develop your mindset, you need to look inward and become introspective.
This habit of creating a daily check-in can be a valuable tool for enhancing your self-awareness.
Many of us have busy lives filled with routine activities, so you can set your phone alarm at three random times throughout the day. These alarms automatically require you to pause for a moment and consider your current state of mind and how your day is going.
Good introspection requires an open and honest attitude.
You might experience resistance or a lack of energy, but take some time to step beyond your beliefs and opinions about how you should be or feel, and start focusing on what is going on in terms of your daily experiences.
“What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time.” - Tom Rath
“Learning patience can be a difficult experience, but once conquered, you will find life is easier.” - Catherine Pulsifer
When we’re talking about mastering your mindset, it’s important to understand the importance of patience.
Patience isn’t just about your ability to wait. Patience is also about being calm no matter what happens. Taking action consistently, and having faith that it will all work out in the end while you’re waiting (and taking action).
Inner peace is impossible without patience.
Wisdom requires patience.
Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience.
Ultimately, patience allows the unfolding of your destiny at its own, unhurried pace.
If you want to develop your patience, you don’t have to change your old habits necessarily, rather you can build new and better ones.
That’s why making this a habit for your mindset can be so powerful. Every day you’re reminding yourself to “bring patience and joy to every situation.”
When you’re standing in line behind someone slow and the checkout is taking a little longer than normal, practice patience.
When you’re co-worker is getting on your nerves, bring patience and joy to the conversation.
Apply this habit into any area of your life, and watch the powerful benefits unfold on your mental health.
My last question to you is, "What’s holding you back from being more patient and joyful in your life?"