Have you ever walked past a person in the street, or heard of somebody else’s situation and asked yourself why is it that they have not done or are not doing anything to change their situation? Why do people work long hours in unskilled positions, paying peanuts? Before I go any further, I just want to it clear that I am not talking about those that have actively sought such positions through choice. These people are succeeding by default, as they are doing what they chosen to do. That’s the key difference, choice. I am referring to those who work in such positions out of necessity or simply to pay the bills; which are seldom met.
How many times have you heard people complain about their job, their pay, working conditions and how they wish they could do something else. But when you question them as to why they do not do something different, like retraining or starting their own business. They say that they could never do that, that they are too stupid, they don’t have the funds etc. This is mindset; the little voice in your head that tells you that you can or can’t do something.
Mindset is a two-edged sword. It can prevent you from progressing in life and keep you where you are, or it can give you a new life; the one you dream of. I’m talking from experience here. See I started from humble beginnings and didn’t have very much growing up. I wasn’t academic in anyway, nor was I particularly good with my hands and top if off, I’m dyslexic. My mindset was always that I couldn’t go to university, that I wasn’t clever enough and that I was dumb. That little voice in my head just kept me jogging on the spot and prevented me from running towards my dream.
At the age of 25, I was made redundant from an unskilled job. I had two young mouths to feed, a roof to keep over our heads, and bills to pay. Suddenly, I was unable to do any of it and we were so poor that I could barely afford to put food in our mouths. This is where my mindset changed and it did so with a single statement ‘I will never be this poor again!’.
Enter mindfulness. If mindset is the little voice in your head, mindfulness is where you control that voice and tell it to shut up! Mindfulness can completely transform your perception of the world around you and once you change the way you look at things, the things you look at begin to change. You start to see that the world isn’t the way you thought. That actually, you’re in your own little bubble and you are where you are, because of the way you think. Keep telling yourself you can’t and you never will, it really is that simple. Mindfulness is not positive thinking per say; it’s just not negative thinking.
I have achieved and gained more knowledge in last 3 years than some of my peers with over ten years’ experience in the industry. Mindest played a massive part in my success and when someone tells me that ‘it can’t be done’, I always tell myself ‘I’m not f*cking having that! I’m not F*CKING having it! There has to be a way!’. Likewise, if some tells me ‘you’ll never do that’, I recite my favourite Mohamed-Ali quote ‘I’ll show you how great I am!’. I’m extremely passionate about what I do and firmly believe that there is a solution to every problem, we just don’t know it yet.
Changing your mindset is the first step to changing your life. See we are conditioned all through our lives; we should behave a certain way, peruse certain careers and stay within our abilities. To this I ask, what is the difference between a doctor and a bin man? The answer is simple; the bin man didn’t think he could become a doctor. In birth, we are equal in knowledge; we have none. A doctor learned to be a doctor, a pharmacist learned to be a pharmacist, a builder learned to be a builder, so why can’t you learn whatever it is you want to do? Is there a cut-off point to learning? Nope, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a moron. So tell that voice in your head to shut up and take control of your thoughts! You have to be the hero of your own story.
Mindset & Mindfulness are not the be all and end all of success; they are but links in the chain and the first step in transforming your life. There are so many links in the chain that it would not be practical to discuss them in a single post, but I will cover them one by one.
Please let me know what you think about this post in the comments and what it is that you wish to do with your life. I’ll leave you with this:
“Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive And Believe, It Can Achieve” – Napoleon Hill