How to master your mindset

4 years ago

In order to master your mindset you need to become aware of what’s shaping and driving your behavior.  Once we develop our self awareness, we can master our thoughts, feelings and emotions and connect with what we truly want.

Mastering states of consciousness

A contracted state of consciousness is based on fear and stems from not understanding yourself and your place in the world. A psychological contraction feels closed or rigid, your thoughts are judgmental, and your participation is reluctant.

A relaxed state of consciousness is when you feel at ease with yourself and your surroundings. Your perspective is neutral. An equanimous state of consciousness is when everything’s good, but there’s nothing to do.

An expansive outlook is when you feel relaxed and interested; you are curios, excited and keen to learn, expand, connect and grow. You’re open to new possibilities and keen to participate in the creation of a better, more inclusive world. When you use the Abundant Mindset, your skills and talents are aligned with your interests; you’re engaged with meaningful work that makes a difference.

Using a growth mindset

In order to make the shift to the abundant mindset we also need to use a growth mindset. A growth mindset sees failure not as something that is absolute, but rather as a process for learning and growth.

A fixed mindset might see failure as set in stone, which leads to the victim mindset using words like, “Can’t you see how hard I am trying,” or, “you don’t understand me.” A growth mindset looks for opportunities to improve. A growth mindset will help you learn from your mistakes, make improvements and do better in the future.

Developing a growth mindset can be especially useful when it comes to innovation and sustainability. Although sustainability is a challenge, it also offers the space for innovation. We must use a growth mindset when it comes to tackling big-picture systemic challenges like sustainability. We can then make a difference with small-scale solutions for our local communities.


In order to collaborate effectively, we need to learn to work together. That means being able to take on other perspectives and put yourself in other people’s shoes. Can you take on another perspective without the need to judge or blame a particular point of view, but simply to observe, understand and connect? There can be no meeting needs without connection first.

We are all unique and different. We all have unique skills and talents that can be used as an integral part of the whole when it comes to developing planetary consciousness. Consequently, it is essential that we learn to integrate different perspectives effectively to create a better world.

Firstly, we need to understand our own worldview and what ideologies shape our own behavior. We then need to also be able to take on other perspectives that do not fit with our own worldview, learning to integrate our diversity for a more free, fair and holistic functioning world.

Project-based learning

While using project-based learning, we learn to master trial-and-error. Using trial-and-error is critical to creativity. There are a whole spectrum of choices in the creative process. What you choose to work on and master is up to you. Standardized education teaches a very linear way of learning. Project-based learning is more intuitive and fosters greater creativity and imagination.

To master trial-and-error, one must be highly responsive to feedback loops and resilient to complex, changing environments. This is even more the case due to the rate of technological innovation and climate breakdown.

There are ways to master trial-and-error in relation to sustainability. For example, implementing Open Source technology and renewable energy micro-grids, thereby forming energy cooperatives, serving the needs of local communities without creating an underclass. Project-based learning is therefore an essential part of creativity and mindset mastery – something that needs fostering and application.

Aligning skills, talents and interests

The final component of mindset mastery is aligning your skills, talents and interests.

Skills development must involve refining your practice. You can develop your skills faster if you adopt the right attitude. Training yourself to be aware, relaxed and focused helps you tap potential faster. If you can transform the psychological contraction of fear in the moment, you can reconnect with your vision and take actions aligned with your goals.

Your talents are what you’re naturally good at. Whereas I might be good at systems thinking, you might excel at communication or people management. However, your talent will remain dormant if you do not apply it over time. You have to work at shaping your talents for them to become rare and valuable.

Your interests are what you’re passionate about; what you enjoy doing. A good way to identify your passions is to notice when you’re fully immersed in your craft. You lose track of time; you’re in the zone.

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