How Your Mindsets Drive You

Shane —  January 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Mindsets Inspiration Motivation

We all talk to ourselves. A major key to success exists in what we say to ourselves, which helps to shape our attitude and mindset.  ~Darren L. Johnson

The other day I stopped to pick up a friend and as we left I pulled into the right hand lane and took off.  Now if I was still in the States this would have been fine; however, in New Zealand we drive on the left side of the road.  Let me re-word that, in New Zealand they drive on the left side of the road and I’m supposed to as well.

My friend was quick to say “other side of the road, Mate”.  Unfortunately, I didn’t hear him.  “What did you say?” was my response as I got up to speed in the right hand lane.  This time his reply was slightly more animated as he informed me I was IN THE WRONG LANE!  He hadn’t quite finished his response when I noticed a car in my lane heading towards me.  I soon figured out that it was actually I, who was in HIS lane.  So with a quick turn of the steering wheel and a friendly wave to the other car we continued down the road in the LEFT lane.

My internal response was a feeling of embarrassment and shame, (that is an old mindset from school days, “mistakes are embarrassing, shameful and means I’m dumb”) I thought, I’m not going there.  Instead, I cracked up laughing.  My passenger just looked at me in shock, checked his seat belt, shook his head and smiled a big smile.

In this event I had two different mindsets come into play.   Both of which can have a negative affect on my life as  well as the life of others.

The first mindset was, driving on the right hand side of the road.  Obviously, I am highly motivated to make sure I drive on the left side of the road.  The consequences and results of this non-supporting mindset are obvious.

The second was, how I define what a mistake means.  With this mindset the consequences and results are a bit more subtle even though they can be just as damaging to my life.   The question to me is, how motivated and aware am I of changing this old thought pattern.

Mindsets are constantly running our lives whether they are supporting us or not.   How motivated are you to change yours?


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