Most of the literature I’ve come across on “mindset” is written with success or as a how-to guide to achieve something in mind.
We’re told from a young age that we should always be striving to achieve things. That success is the measure of a man, or woman and being driven for those successes a badge of honour.
As an athlete, a business person, a student and in many of my pursuits in life, having the right mindset has played a key role in any successes I’ve had in those pursuits and is a skill I’ve dedicated so much time to learning about and developing.
However it is my firm belief that the pursuit of “success” should only be one part of a developing a strong, happy mindset.
So much of my life I’ve been preoccupied by “what’s next”. What achievement or success could I chase down when I was done with my current goals.
One of the most profound breakthroughs I had mentally was learning to deal with failure, rather than achieving success. After many instances of intense (and at times dangerous) self loathing when I would feel like I had failed I found myself in a dark vortex. Measurable successes were my only source of internal validation and therefore any form of perceived failure would cause me huge mental and emotional anguish. It took many years of learning and practicing, mindfulness and self love to learn to be content with the person in the present rather than constantly striving to be something more.
It was a difficult but incredibly rewarding process.
Being centred and at peace in the present moment is just as important as knowing how to push yourself towards a goal.
Social media is a constant barrage of the highlights of those around us and amidst all the #goals and #blessed lives it can be easy to find ourselves swept up in the desire to try and strive to emulate these idyllic lives we see around us.
However in doing this we lose touch with ourselves the way we are, a dangerous disconnect in a world where our own identities are so fluid they can easily slip right through our fingers leaving us confused and isolated within our own minds.
Practicing mindfulness and taking time to appreciate the things you have, the person you are and the world around you are as fundamental to mindset “development” (the irony of calling it that in this post isn’t lost on me) as is practicing the pursuit of success.