Mindset – It’s More Important Than You Think

Your mindset determines your quality of life. Choose wisely…

How you think affects every part of your life.

Support for this comes from the book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” by Carol S. Dweck, PhD.

After decades of research at Stanford University, she’s concluded that there are two basic mindsets. And the one you choose has a major impact on your quality of life.

Where does this apply? If you have a relationship, it applies. If you have children, it applies. If you study, work or play… it applies.

It even applies for your health. Research shows that thoughts can affect the output of your DNA in 2 seconds. That means what you think almost immediately shapes what you experience.

How does this work? Simple. Your thoughts affect your DNA. Your DNA is the template for making proteins. These proteins, in turn, create hormones, brain chemicals and other body chemicals. These, then, affect your experience. Creative, happy thoughts put out hormones that make you happy. They even affect how people respond to you. And, of course, stressful thoughts put out stress hormones. These don’t make you happy. And they can interfere with your productivity and creativity.

What are these two mindsets? The fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

Here is a graphic that shows some of the fundamental differences:


Here is a concrete example of how this applies to health:

Let’s say you have extra weight. As a result, your energy is low and you are less motivated. With a fixed mindset, you would basically give up before you could do anything about it, or if you didn’t see immediate progress.

But with a growth mindset, you would be open to making changes. You’d see it as a challenge. You’d put in the work necessary for the change. And you’d be willing to take a different approach if the one you started with wasn’t working.

Which mindset do you think has the best chance of success? No question, it’s the growth mindset.

I recommend you read Dr. Dweck’s book. It will help you make choices that will enhance your life, and your health.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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