Our brain can process the world either through a positive lens or a negative lens. It cannot do both at the same time.
If we use our brain to process our world in a positive way, we can react to the world and our circumstances in a positive way and rise above our circumstances.
Our power to maximize our potential therefore depends on two things:
- How much potential power and possibility we believe we have
- Our mindset with which we generate the power to change
This means that ‘reality’ is our brain’s relative understanding on where and how we are observing it. We can change this perspective and hence change our experience of the world around us. So if we change our mindset we change our experience of the world. Once you realise this, you change in a remarkable way.
The Langer experiment showed that remarkable change is possible if you change your mindset by demonstrating one could change the ‘objective’ reality of age. So this shows that our ‘external’ reality is changeable and a lot depends on the way we see things.
Placebos can relieve pain and hence changing our mindset by changing our beliefs can result in changes in our life. The mental construction of our daily activities defines our reality more than the activity itself. That is the power of our mindset, our beliefs, our perspective.
So you can change your experience in many ways. Some of them are:
- Change the way you view your hours in a workday and see everything as ‘learning opportunities’, fun, and playtime.
- Focus on the pleasure of the ‘means’ rather than only focusing on the ‘ends’.
- Think of free time as time to recharge your batteries, connect with others and practice and learn new things.
- Believe in your own ability to succeed and you are more likely to succeed.
- Focus on your strengths when you are doing a difficult task
- Believe than you can improve your abilities and not accept your abilities are fixed. Have a growth mindset and not a fixed mindset.
- Adjust your mindset towards your work so that you find meaning and pleasure in your work. Then your work itself becomes a calling.
- Use the Pygmalion effect. The expectations we have about our children, co-workers and spouses can make that expectation a reality.
This is not to say that we can change everything. We cannot. For example, birth, death, disease and old age are universal. Even these things some revolutionaries like the Mother and Sri Aurobindo have tried to change. What we trying to do is push the limits of possibility as far they can go and not limit ourselves like what most of the world tells us to do. Believing alone will not do everything. But you need to believe, otherwise we would not have had a lot of the inventions this world has made.
So change your mindset and then you will change.