Our mindset is our mental condition that determines our interpretation of and response to our environment and circumstances. It influences our way of thinking, impacts the results we generate, narrates our beliefs and delivers the actions we want to achieve. It is also important to understand that our mindset is the natural product of our self-worth, self-esteem self-concept and sense of of value and significance. In other words, is the manifestation of what we think, conceive and ultimately perceive.
There is a story I regularly use in my talks and workshops to demonstrate the power of mindset. There was a young lion that grew up in a flock of sheep and so he had no consciousness that he was a lion. He did not know he was a lion. He would bleat like a sheep and eat grass like a sheep. One day they were wandering at the edge of a big jungle when a jungle lion let out a big roar and leaped out of the forest and right into the middle of the flock. All the sheep scattered and ran away. Imagine the surprise of the jungle lion when he saw this other lion there among the sheep. So, he gave chase and got hold of the young lion who was cringing in front of the king of the jungle. And the jungle lion said to him, “What are you doing here?”
And the young lion said, “Have mercy on me. Don’t eat me. Have mercy on me.” But the king of the forest dragged him away saying “Come on with me.” And he took him to a lake and he said, “Look.” So, the young lion who thought he was a sheep looked and for the first time he saw his reflection. He saw his image. Then he looked at the jungle lion, and he looked in the water again, and he let out a mighty roar.
This simple story reminds us that we live our mindset and our mindset then creates our lives. We live our existence based on who we think we are. According the story, if we believe in our heart that we are a sheep, then we will stay and remain in the confines that others have put us in.
Hence, our mindset creates our world and designs our destiny. It determines our success in any ventures in life. Yet, a corrupted mindset can also lead to our failures. After all, our state of mind is the servant that can open the door or close the gate of possibilities. More opportunities have been lost and withheld because of a fixed mindset. Therefore the distinction between our success and failures is in our mindset. What is on your mind today?