Human Beings remain the only species on this great planet that is utterly determined in separating themselves by their differences; somehow it’s been programmed into our mindset that we were meant to operate in this fashion.
We’ve managed to sort ourselves into categories based on race, religion, politics, or by our financial statuses; and we’ve become quite creative over the years on how we go about doing this to ourselves adding even more of them; the fact remains that we possess more similarities than we’d like to own up too.
How is it that we allow our commonalities to keep us from allowing ourselves to further know other’s that could very well become our closest and dearest friends?
We each bleed the same color of blood, we all need air to breath, we each have to be born, and every last one of us must die.
While there are certainly other things that we each possess that make us sisters and brothers of the Universe; there is one similarity in particular that I would like to discuss today. The thing that connects also separates us most in my opinion, and that is our mental mindset.
Whatever we each call ours, whether attitude, way of thinking, behaviorism, ego, mental make-up, psyche, belief system, or personality glitch; I think it’s safe to say that we each have one and it controls us in more ways, than we would like to admit that it does.
For me, I have always been a bit different than I was raised to be. For most of my life I’ve always had Iron Sharpeners that didn’t necessarily look like me, think like me, or shared my personal beliefs or values. It’s never been that serious to me that my friends didn’t go to the same school as I did, they weren’t black, they believed in God or didn’t. Who cares?!
Yet, I’ve always been declared by my family and peers as trying to be something that I’m not.
They gave a name for it – but my way of thinking – more now than ever, is to never give things of such ignorance the energy or life to mature in my mind. For I know now, the seed that I decide to plant there will eventually take root and grow.
Wikipedia defines the mindset as being, a set of assumptions, methods or notations held by one or more people or groups of people which is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools.
That to me is powerful enough to stop the post right here, but let’s proceed a bit further. Shall we?
The other day I was feeding my mind when I ran across a fellow blogger’s site by the name of Annemarie Cross from AnnemarieCross.com.
She had written a post titled, “22 thought-provoking Mindset Quotes”; where she also stated a truth about our mindsets, “The level of success and achievement that we reach in our businesses is very much determined by our attitude and our mindset.”
I totally agree with Annemarie on this statement, and would only add for the sake of this post, that it’s the same level of success and achievement that we reach not only in business, but in every aspect of our lives – that is what determines where we find ourselves in life.
For example, I believe that the very people that will need this post the most will avoid it because of maybe 1) who wrote the article 2) what it’s discussing 3) for the simple fact that they will have to actually read the material.
That’s not to be an insult, but it seems to me that our mindsets control these very things.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. –Albert Einstein
What Does Will Smith Have to Say About our Mindsets
There’s a quote that I was unable to find who actually says it, but it pretty much states that we have to step outside of what we were taught to believe, so that we might be who we could potentially become.
It’s not about trying to be better than the next person, or outshining someone else; we are such a competitive society that any time someone steps out of “the norm”, they are automatically put into the category of being a “sell out”, “trying to be something their not” or “forgetting where they came from”; which seems absolutely ludicrous to me. Would you not agree?
Shouldn’t we all aspire to be better than our predecessors? Isn’t that what they would have wanted?
We should always aim to be better than we were the day before. We should constantly and consistently seek to become better than we were on yesterday.
To understand the power of our mindset is to understand our own inner power. There are many that are controlled by having the wrong mindset, and then wonder why they keep getting the exact same results. In order for any change to occur in our lives we must first know that the problem could very well be our perceptions taught and learned throughout our lives. If anyone wants to change their life circumstances… then their mindset is where they should begin. ~Deeone Higgs
I ran across a video not to long ago where the video author, FullPowerMarketing, shared a collaboration of interviews on Will Smith’s views on mindset, and I wanted to share it with you all today.
Take a look and really listen to the message. I hope therein lies some type of clarity of the importance we should take into consideration of how our mindset determines our success in our lives.
I have a few favorite parts throughout this video, but for me the most crucial part was Will Smith’s statment, “I know who I am and I know what I believe; and that’s all I need to know. So, from there, you do what you need to do.”
I hope what you decide to do is enjoy this AWESOME video, and at the end of this piece share your thoughts and feedback with me and the other Fellow Releaser’s.
Will Smith’s “Mindset Wisdom”
Let’s discuss mindset….
What comes to mind when you hear the word mindset? Do you think it’s difficult to change our mindsets? Why is it when an individual change their mindset or way of thinking they have to cope with criticism? How did you enjoy the video? What did you enjoy the most?
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this article.
If you enjoyed this article, let’s pay it forward and share it with others as well.On a Side Note: Next Thursday we will be Welcoming Steven Rice as a guest on “The Release”, from TrueSpiritualAwakening. You’re definitely in for a treat. :)