My teen daughter and I were talking about mindset and perspective last weekend. She was on a quest to get a first place in her dance competitions to move up to the next level. Many times over the past ten months she got seconds and thirds and fourths and those days were celebrations. But this past weekend, when she earned a second and a fifth, she was disappointed. We discussed how mindset is everything. If you expect something and don’t receive it, it steals your joy.
We also discussed how the climb is about the little things. Continue reading
There is a house being renovated on a street where I often walk. The ground beneath it has completely been dug out to underpin the foundation and there is a massive excavator in that hole, under the front wall. The whole house looks like it’s floating in the air.
And when I passed it yesterday, I noticed that there is still a holiday wreath on the front door. It made me smile and think about how we’re all kind of like that house. Our foundation has been broken down through years of uncertainty, a global virus, interruptions of jobs, school, milestones, and anything else that was part of ‘normalcy.’ Yet, we soldier on, a wreath on our front door, while our feet stumble to find something solid to stand on. And when we find it, we put one foot in front of the other and keep walking. Our mindset is everything. Continue reading
Author Haruki Murakami said, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
What a powerful statement. We can’t avoid the pain. But we can choose the mindset that will increase or decrease our suffering and hardships. Continue reading
Author Ben Hardy wrote in Medium that, “In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article showing that the average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.” Continue reading
I’m reading the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In it I read, “Benjamin Barber, an eminent political theorist once said, ‘I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and the nonlearners.'” Continue reading