mindset is one that makes the best use of your resources - your
time, your energy and your efforts. It is not trying to do everything
and be everything, or even doing it in the quickest way possible. It is
making the most and best of what you have while enjoying the process.
In order to make the most of who we are and what we have, there are
certain qualities or characteristics that assist us in accomplishing
Here are some of the elements of a productive mindset:
Curiosity - The willingness
to seek, question, and find answers for new and better ways of
Desire or Motivation - Cultivate desire. Without desire or motivation
there is nothing to drive us to progress and improve. Inertia is
the opposite of desire and a destroyer of progress.
Vision - To be able to visualize
what you want helps you focus on it and gives you an idea of what
the outcome would look like. Without that picture in your mind, it
would be more difficult to strive for a goal. We've all read how
men of 'great vision' have been able to accomplish the seemingly
Critical Thinking - Acquire
the ability to assess a situation in an objective manner or to see
it how it really is. Look at the pros and cons and
be willing to make the appropriate adjustments.
Self-confidence - The faith
and belief that you are fully capable and can do what you set out to.
and faith you cannot reach your full
Persistence - Most things do not come easily. Be willing to overcome obstacles and
adversity. Challenge yourself and persist in order to reach your
goals. Do not let circumstances, the opinions of others, or
setbacks, thwart your determination to succeed.
Positive attitude or outlook
- Your attitude, be it positive or negative, can make, or break,
you. Possessing a positive
attitude allows for any possibility, while a negative one
defeats you before you can even start.
Open-mindedness - There is
nothing like an open-mind
for generating new and innovative ideas. You become receptive to
groundbreaking experiences when you are flexible and
Balance - Ultimately, to function well and get the most from
life, we must maintain
balance. Working towards goals is important, but we
must also take time to rejuvenate and recharge. Doing too much, or
pushing too hard on any one thing, can lead to burnout and
By integrating the above
elements into our though processes, we not only cultivate a productive mindset, we set ourselves up for reaching our goals more
effectively, develop positive
habits and we sharpen our minds to function at high levels.