Mindset – Reaching Beyond Fixed Attitudes to Find Growth

Looking to Mindset

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What’s your mindset been this week? How about in the last year? Do you have a different attitude for the future? Mindset plays a critical role in how we cope with the challenges we face in life. Our mindset is a collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape our thought habits. And our thought habits in turn affect how we think, feel, and the actions we take. To understand how we can take our mindset and pivot it for a positive future we first must recognize the 2 types. Then we can refocus and realign our thoughts and beliefs to the processes of life rather than the product.

There are 2 basic types of mindsets, fixed and growth. The fixed mindset is the belief that we tell ourselves that we are born this way and therefore we are fixed and unchangeable. The growth mindset however believes that abilities can be developed and strengthened through hard work and commitment. This is about living up to our potential which is an unknown and therefore a life of learning. A growth mindset contributes to greater achievement and effort through perseverance.

So, what is our mindset? Kendra Cherry offers a quick quiz to determine our mindset in her article, Why Mindset Matters for Your Success. She bases her finding on Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck’s work. To determine your mindset read the following statements and see which you agree with most.

Mindset Quiz

The Ultimate Mindset

As we examine mindset, we should look no further than the ultimate example that Christ gave us. Do you have the same mindset or attitude as Christ? That is a tall order for even the most devoted follower, but it is a mindset that we should strive for. This Sunday is Palm Sunday which is also known as Passion Sunday. We must look at both events together to see a mindset of growth with the perseverance of the process. If, however, we go from the celebration of Palm Sunday to the glory of the Resurrection we miss the importance of the valley in between. We must experience that valley not just for a lesson on mindset but so we can experience the depth of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

Celebrating Palm Sunday with shouts of joy and Hosannas are important as Hosanna means “Save us!’ or Save now!” As we move from Lent into Passion week we begin on a note of high celebration and we end on a note of high celebration, but our mindset needs to mimic the attitude of Christ during this week as we reflect. Christ humbly enters the city riding on a donkey the symbol of peace. He willingly gave up His life to obey God and serve others. This is His mindset, and it should be ours as well. For like Christ, we should have a servant’s attitude, serving God out of our love for Him and others.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Philippians 2:5 (NLT)

Adjust Your Sails Instead of Just Blowing in the Wind

Many years ago, I cross-stitched a sailboat with sails full of wind purposefully making its way across the water. Below it read, “You cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” The cross-stitch piece is long lost, but the verse stuck with me. It is our attitude and reaction that we’re in charge of no matter what kind of mess we may find ourselves in. Thankfully, we can choose our mindset. No matter when the wind shifts or storms, the way we approach and adjust ourselves to face it, determines how we come out on the other end. And in this knowing that Christ is right beside us gives us the perseverance to keep moving forward.

Christ gives us the road map of how to handle life. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us during the week of Passion that allows us to live in eternity. It is His example of mindset that we can look to and strive for. As we can approach life expecting others to adjust and serve us or we can look for opportunities to serve others. It is 2 different mindsets one that unfulfilling and one that fulfills all we are designed for.

Won’t you be challenged to examine your mindset this next week as you look to the mindset of Christ? Find your determination through your convictions to not allow the wind to push you around and instead adjust your sails so you can follow Christ’s lead. This is where you will grasp your motivation to serve those around you even when the circumstances say no. And you can do so because the revelation of Christ’s love for you is seen in His demonstration of life.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

Brian Tracy

Extra Study

Psalm 31:9-16; 118 1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Matthew 26:1427:66; Mark 11:1- 11; Philippians 2:5-11

What are Your Thoughts?

Have you thought about how the mindset of Christ gives the ultimate example of how to live your life? Share your thoughts on the importance of looking to Christ during the valley of the Passion week to learn how to adjust your life to align with His to fully celebrate Resurrection Sunday.

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