Never in history have we had so much access to information. It’s at our fingertips 24/7, instantly educating, entertaining, scaring and influencing us at the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger.
But let’s take a trip back in time (cue in the harp dream music), right back to the beginning, to the time before books were used to store information and history.
To the time when information was communicated as stories told around the fire to pass on knowledge, wisdom, and tradition.
And, that information was vital. Existence back then was tough, in fact, life or death.
Early humans needed to know stuff – like don’t poke a sabre-toothed tiger, in fact, don’t do anything to a sabre-toothed tiger! Or that delicious looking fruit just may kill you, although not as quickly as the sabre-toothed tiger.
So, information back in those early days was absolutely essential for survival.
Fast forward to today, and most of us will never have to fight for survival.
What’s the worst thing that could happen to you in your daily life?
The train is running late, or there is another red light, or look at that line-up at the coffee shop, it will take forever to get that extra hot, half- strength something with an extra shot of whatever.
Yes, I’m being flippant. I know bad life-changing events can happen but, compared to early human life, we have it pretty cosy.
We are living in a world of information overload and, sadly, disinformation overload.
This is where I am going with mindset. I believe mindset is everything when it comes to the challenges of our day-to-day life.
Don’t get me wrong – a positive mindset won’t stop your car running out of petrol if you didn’t fill the tank, but a positive mindset will help you navigate your world and hopefully make better decisions.
But the question is: whose mindset do you have? Added to information overload are past events and influences.
So, isn’t it possible that we have a pre-programmed mindset?
Pre-programming is not all bad though. Could you imagine if every device you purchased required you to create every action and function from scratch?
Instant meltdown! But, while there are certain settings or ‘norms’ that can’t be changed, generally we have the ability to customise settings to suit us and the way we like to do things. Our mindset is no different.
Consider our mindset pre-programming coming from our family, friends, or daily events. This mindset may not be bad, but it’s also not necessarily ours and can be customised.
So, do you have your own mindset or someone else’s and, worst still, are you defending your mindset and don’t necessarily know why?
Creating a positive mindset can be challenging, but it’s even harder when it’s not yours and it doesn’t feel authentic.
Just because you always thought that way doesn’t mean you have to now. Put simply: that mindset’s use-by-date has arrived.
American author and philanthropist Anthony Robbins’ well-known quote sums it up: “The past doesn’t equal the future”.
Having a positive, passionate mindset is giving yourself the best possible chance to change a situation you’re not happy with or open the door to a future of excitement.
Just make sure it’s your own.