The Elements of a Productive Mindset
What is a productive mindset?
A productive 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
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 that end.
Here are some of the
elements of a productive mindset:
- Curiosity - The willingness to seek,
question, and explore new ideas and concepts. It is the
willingness and desire to know and learn new things.
- Desire or Motivation - Cultivate desire.
Without desire or motivation there is nothing to
drive us to make 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 impossible.
- 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
- Self-confidence - The faith and belief
that you are fully capable and can do what you set out to. Without self-confidence
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
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 frustration.
By integrating the above elements into our though processes,
we not only cultivate a productive mindset, we set ourselves up for
goals more effectively, develop positive
habits and we sharpen our minds to function at high
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