Over the next two weeks we will be exploring the theme of the change mindset. What is a change mindset? How can we know if we have a change mindset and how can we create one if we’re not there yet?
Usually we cover a complete theme within one week, but as I have my own fairly significant transition to change going on right now, we’ll be covering this particular topic over the next two weeks, with at least a day in between each of the tools that will be presented. This approach might be especially conducive to our topic, as we will have some time for reflection between elements.
Guidance for reflection will be included as a part of the post for each element; however, if you’re interested in some additional perspectives and tools around focused reflection, click here to read last week’s theme specific to that topic.
What is a change mindset?
There has been a lot of talk about the difference between a fixed and growth mindset, and some of you reading this might believe having a change mindset is akin to having a growth mindset.
While there certainly are aspects of a growth mindset that are conducive to change; an expansive outlook, an emphasis on curiosity and recognition that learning is unlimited, this is not what I am referring to when talking about a change mindset.
Rather, I define a change mindset as attuning and then aligning to our upcoming change; mentally, emotionally, even physically. To attune to our change, we must be aware of our individual needs, and the ways the upcoming (or current) change might affect us.
With a change mindset, we pay attention to any gaps between what is or will happen, our thoughts about the change, and our ability to openly embrace and adapt to it.
For example, if we know we need at least an hour of exercise every day in order to feel balanced, grounded and positive, and an upcoming change will likely reduce the time we have available to exercise, how might we resolve that so we are able to honor our needs while still attending to the demands of our change?
Working through these potential conflicts before they occur helps us to align ourselves faster with the change, and also prepares us to be more open and flexible during our transition process.
The tools for this theme will highlight some ways to identify and become aware of our current mindset, which will then help us to see what is out of tune with where we want or need to be to align with our change. These tools are intended to focus on things we do every day, such as:
Two-week span for this theme.
As previously mentioned, this theme will be posted over the course of this and next week in order to allow me the space and time required to transition to some changes within my own world.
You see, I am aware of my propensity to become overwhelmed when there’s a lot going on all at once, especially when most of what’s going on is new. I realized that to attempt to post daily would interfere with my needs to process and respond to personal, as well as familial, demands in the moment. So in order to honor myself and my family, I have decided to revise my posting schedule.
See how easy it is? You can do it too, just by following along and practicing the tools. Enjoy!
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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