This dramatic COVID-19 crisis is forcing all of us to take pause. We have the opportunity to get to know ourselves better.
When I was a child I remember having a glass in half-empty attitude. I remember calling it realism. Somewhere along the way, I learned to see the glass as half full. To this day, I waver between the two.
A half-empty glass evokes a not a great feeling. A half-full glass is exciting, empowering, and full of lightness. I am choosing to see the half-full glass. This qualifies as a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.
A fixed mindset is a view that our creativity, intelligence, and character are fixed. We are not able to change. Any successes we have are the affirmation of this creativity, intelligence or character. Any failures are proof of the static nature of our abilities.
A growth mindset sees failure as a starting place for growth and an opportunity to stretch our current talents and abilities. Your abilities are works in progress.
What is your MindSet? What are your inner thoughts telling you?
Do you counter your inner thoughts? The term for this is cognitive reframing.
Here is an example:
“I am going to get the coronavirus. I’m almost 60 and I don’t do enough self-care, I am stressed, don’t sleep enough or eat healthy enough.”
“I am not going to get the coronavirus. I am sleeping 8 hours/night. I am focusing on relaxing. I am eating plenty of vegetables and taking supplements to boost my immunity.”
Practice, Practice, Practice
Not only am I reframing my thoughts but I am taking action along with it. I am choosing to sleep more, to eat healthier and take supplements. A growth mindset is the key to change and resets. I am choosing to use this time for a reset. Focusing on my mindset is step 1.
Are you going to join me?
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Dr. Laurie Goldman is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, and functional medicine practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1999. She founded Clear Path Wellness to help her patients reach their maximum state of mental and physical health using a personalized, comprehensive approach powered by the principles of functional medicine, which treats the whole person, not just symptoms.