Many of today’s current events are creating a shadow of pessimism across even the strongest psyches. It is hard to remain optimistic and maintain a healthy outlook when wildfires, social injustice, and, of course, a pandemic continue to afflict our daily life. Gearing your mindsets for success can seem to be more and more difficult each day with these outside factors entering our headspace. You may not realize how much of an effect this pessimistic and distracted mindset can have on your work.
However, the truth is that your mindset is beyond critical; not just for work, but for your daily life as well. A study conducted in 2018, for example, found that those who believed they exercised less than their peers actually died earlier. This was in spite of actually equal amounts of exercise. If your thought process could dictate your likelihood of life and death, then it will definitely have a major affect on your productivity. Or even your chances of success or failure.
Work from home, paired with the unenvious circumstances we find ourselves in, is a recipe for massive distraction. Success can be hard to achieve when we can’t frame our headspace towards it.
That’s why we at Wing want to give you the tools necessary to reframe your thinking. We want to help you internalize a psychology geared towards positivity and triumph. We’ll do this by providing you with five different mindsets, leading to higher levels of productivity, happiness, and ultimately success.
For each recommended mindset, we’ll explain what it means, why it’s important, and how you can incorporate it. Below are our 5 recommended mindsets:
- Abundance Mindset
- Single Task Mindset
- Small-Wins Mindset (Or Growth Mindset)
The first mindset I want to share with you is the famous abundance mindset. In short what the abundance mindset really means is to be open minded to new opportunities. By having an abundance mindset, you recognize that there are bountiful chances for success out there, and that no matter what goes wrong or what you miss in your life you can continue on and eventually come to a successful route. Shifting to an abundance mindset means moving away from a scarcity mindset, or the idea that there is never enough.
Abundance mindsets don’t just apply to opportunities for success. Abundance mindset applies to also money, possessions, and even your close personal relationships. Many individuals believe that they have to hold on tight to their money, causing stinginess, or possessions, causing hoarding. Being more open and abundant in how you think about these can lead to much less stress and more happiness.
What does Abundance Mindset Look Like?
A person who follows the abundance mindset will find themselves much more open to collaboration and have a healthier self-confidence.
Practitioners of the abundance mindset understand that there is enough in the world for everybody, so they are rarely envious over the success of others and may even openly welcome it. Additionally, people with abundance mindset don’t get hung up over themselves or their failures. This can make you less likely to consistently compare yourself with others. It also makes you a more pleasant person overall.
In terms of money and belongings, the abundance mindset opens individuals up to both sharing and risk-taking. For instance, people who believe that their money is scarce will be much less likely to risk it on investments that may ultimately bring them more success. Too much risk-aversion is never a strong quality for a working man or woman. The abundance mindset can be a strong solution to that.
The abundance mindset can even help in your dating life. It makes you more confident and less afraid of rejection, as well as less clingy, as you begin to recognize how many individuals are out there that you can connect with.
How do You Achieve the Abundance Mindset?
Obviously, the abundance mindset can give you a lot of benefits and can gear you towards a more successful and free lifestyle. However, how exactly is this mindset achieved?
Changing your mindset mostly requires restructuring your beliefs, how you see events, and how you talk about yourself and the world. In terms of abundance mindset, it’s important to emphasize small shifts in thinking. For instance, restrict the amount of times you compare yourself to others, and force yourself to begin sharing and giving. The more you give and realize that you actually aren’t losing anything, the more abundant you’ll begin to see the world. In fact, you’ll begin to realize that giving to and connecting with others actually generates even more value than just being scarce and keeping everything withdrawn and close to your chest. It can be a liberating discovery.
Achieving an abundant mindset can be achieved through several actionable steps. First and foremost, it’ll be important to practice gratitude, whether through verbal affirmations or a written journal. By reminding yourself of the parts of the life you’re grateful for, you’ll start realizing that there is an infinite number of fortuitous components in your life. It eliminates the feeling of constantly looking for what you’re lacking, and can really benefit your mindset immensely.
Another actionable tip for an abundance mindset is to eliminate the tasks or activities in your life that you find draining, and to spend more time on the people and activities you love. By doing this, you remind yourself of what makes you happy. In turn, that makes you more likely to avoid getting hung up on little things or outcomes. Instead, you remind yourself of the abundance of ways you can keep yourself content.
The opposite of the single-task mindset is the multi-task mindset, and I shouldn’t be the one to explain to you what multi-tasking is. In this digital, fast-paced era, multi-tasking is a commonly accepted practice. However, multi-tasking really isn’t a productive practice— in fact, it can lead to as much as a 40% drop in productivity.
Changing your mindset to become more laser-focused on a single task can do wonders for your productivity. Creating a single-task mindset for success is so important, it should be taught in schools.
What does a Single-Task Mindset Look Like?
Of course, having a singular focus when working doesn’t mean that you become inflexible. Instead, someone who has a single-task mindset intentionally maintains his or her workflow in the face of distractions and other enticements.
This means someone who is not only capable of ignoring obviously unproductive distractions like a phone message but even “productive” impulses like checking their emails or switching between tasks. A person with a single-task mindset finishes their deliverables more quickly. This means they can move onto their next task at breakneck speed.
The main argument against only focusing on one task is the idea that multi-tasking is more “efficient” because it tackles two or more tasks at once. However, as already mentioned earlier, this actually heavily drops your productivity. In turn, it slows down both tasks, as well as increases the potential mistakes found within each work. In fact, single-taskers would be able to show more quality work in a quicker fashion, as they can turn in their work earlier compared to a multi-tasker.
Besides increasing the speed and quality of your work, practicing a single-task mindset promotes other benefits as well, such as promoting commitment and increasing our attention spans.
How do you Achieve a Single-Task Mindset?
Achieving a single-task mindset might seem easier said than done. Obviously, eliminating multi-tasking and heightening focus sounds great on paper, but is the bane of implementation. Some actionable steps to take to travel down the single-task mindset are listed below.
Firstly, block your distracting websites. This can be done through simply applications on your electronic devices. Check out our article on Google Chrome extensions for distraction-free work to find some inspiration.
Secondly, limit your small “productive” tasks, such as checking email or Slack, which can actually be major time-sinks. In fact, one school of thought is to limit your email-checking moments to two a day, once at the start and then end of the work day. This gives you all the major updates without taking your attention away from your actual work.
Third, it’s important to eliminate any potential distractors before you even begin working. This means maintaining an uncluttered desk to retain a sense of singular focus as you begin moving into your task. This also means leaving your phone behind at the kitchen when you begin digging into a work-from-home deliverable. It also means uncluttering your desktop and your tabs, and to emphasize only the task at hand physically as well as mentally. This does wonders for a unitask mindset, and can gear you towards greater producitivity.
Intentionality is a mindset of being consistently intentional in your motivations and actions. Single-tasking is actually a corollary of intentionality, but this specific mindset means much more than just laser-focus. It means having a clear understanding of how your workday will go, and maintaining the discipline to stick to your predetermined intention.
Intentionality means creating a strategic plan for not just your work projects, but even your life goals, and maintaining the discipline to stay on that path. It can definitely be the foundation for a successful career, as well as a happy and fulfilled life.
How do you practice intentionality?
Practicing intentionality can take the form of small actions, many of which can take quite a bit of self-discipline.
For example, one way to practice intentionality is to consciously plan out your day and even week to understand how to tackle your goals. This doesn’t have to be extremely high-level, but can even take the form of a routine, whether in the morning, night, or even at work. For more information on developing a strong morning routine, check our article on it here. By developing and sticking to a routine, you are practicing habits that are healthy, and can also slowly begin to ingrain intentionality in even the small things you do, like getting coffee or stretching.
Other ways to promote an intentional mindset for success is to utilize planners and calendars. These allow you to stay on top of your work. They give you a high-level view of how to tackle not just your overall projects but also your future work KPIs. This promotes an intentionality in how you approach your goals. It’s much better than flailing around and trying to hit the tasks as they are assigned.
What does Intentionality Look Like?
Practicing intentionality gives similar benefits as single-tasking, such as promoting quicker and more quality work. It also gives greater attention spans, and a stronger ability to commit to actions and beliefs.
Accordingly, individuals who practice intentionality in their goals also strengthens their ability to see the big-picture. Getting lost in small details can drain your productivity and your focus, and you may come out of it realizing that you wasted much effort. Intentionality combats this, and an intentional mindset lets you see how each action you take fits into the grand scheme.
Overall, intentionality mindsets give individuals more structure in their life, which actually promotes more fun and leisure time. If you can completely your important tasks quickly, this can actually save time for other, more enjoyable pursuits.
Of course, this mindset shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all when it comes to your life. Being spontaneous, especially in play and love, can be a very strong character trait. However, practicing intentionality with at least 80% of your life, especially in your professional work, can generate more success and productivity off the bat.
The growth mindset, paired with the “small-wins” mindset, is a very famous way of scrutinizing progress. It is a form of self-analysis that actually allows you to come away feeling better about yourself rather than worse.
Basically, the growth mindset emphasizes the idea of development and self-improvement more than the judgement of the result. Everybody starts somewhere and evolves from there. However, many individuals get caught in the trap of comparing their results to others, or thinking that their current state isn’t good enough.
It can be compared to the “small-wins” mindset. In this mindset, you basically celebrate small goals that add up to bigger missions. It pairs well with the growth mindset because of their similar emphasis on step-by-step progress.
What does the Growth Mindset Look Like?
Individuals who value a growth mindset understand their limitations, as well as treat themselves in healthier manners. Because they understand that the present isn’t the end-all, be-all, they are much less harsh on themselves. This, in turn, actually leads to a kinder treatment of others, and allows them to help others improve faster.
As a result of their general pleasantness, people with growth mindset seem more charismatic. They become better leaders by refusing to judge their followers on stringent criteria such as success or failure, and instead communicate with them about growth and smaller KPIs to hit. This leads to an organization focused on improvement, not just the bottom line. It leads to long-term values that not only retains employees but improves the leadership pipeline to continue this mindset of growth.
Additionally, people with growth mindsets may find themselves improving faster than people who only focus on results. This happens because they are 1. less likely to give up and 2. more likely to positively reinforce themselves to consistently improve. Additionally, they can deal with setbacks in a healthier manner, as these setbacks rarely impact the actual effort that the individual is putting in.
How do You Practice a Growth Mindset?
Practicing a Growth Mindset is, more than anything, a matter of psychology. The best way to enter a growth mindset is to consistently remind yourself to stress progress, not just success.
One actionable way to do this is to keep a journal or a record of your progress, which is especially useful when it comes to personal goals. For example, people who want to lose weight may want to continuously take photos or record their weight every day. Sure, a single day rarely makes a difference. However, they’ll begin to see a massive change as they continue comparing the first and most recent entry. It drives home not just the idea of improvement, but also how gradual it is.
Another actionable tip for developing a growth mindset is to find a genuine passion for learning. This doesn’t even have to be professional skills, although constantly being fired up to learn Excel or new coding languages is definitely a strong professional desire. Simply being excited to move forward in learning or developing a competency can be a beautiful demonstration and reinforcement of the growth mindset.
Takeaways: How to Use these Mindsets for Success
These are not mutually exclusive mindsets. You don’t have to pick between an abundance mindset or a growth mindset. You should, instead, actively learn how to incorporate them all (although taking it one at a time may be less overwhelming). In fact, these mindsets actively reinforce each other. For instance, by practicing a single-task mindset, you are also being intentional.
Understand which mindset may benefit you most right now. If you’re very risk-averse, then tackle the abundance mindset first. If you recognize a short attention span within yourself, then practice single-tasking. Wing is here to provide the resources necessary for you to understand how to better yourself, but in terms of where to start, that would depends on how well you understand yourself.