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What is mindset and why is it important?

As a mindset coach, a form of coaching I specialise in focuses on managing your beliefs about yourself, your circumstances and what’s possible for you. This form of coaching is so powerful because success – in career or life – is 90% percent mindset and 10% strategy, so you could have the best strategy in the world, but you’ll never be successful without the mindset to back it up.

What is mindset?

Mindset is the way we interpret what’s happening to us and around us – and what’s possible for us. In simple terms, it is a set of beliefs about ourselves and most basic qualities as well as the external circumstances that guide our life.

Why is it important?

Whether we are aware of it or not, our minds are always monitoring and interpreting what’s happening to us and what it means. Depending on how our mindset has formed, the interpretation can be empowering or discouraging. The main way the interpretation is expressed is through the way we think – and ultimately – talk to ourselves.

Our internal monologue may be focused on judging ourselves and our performance; or the opposite – on finding positives and strengths even in most difficult of situations. And that’s what ultimately defines whether we will succeed or not.

The good news is that however strong the beliefs, they can be changed.

Creating a mindset shift

When my clients come to me with a feeling of stuckness in their career, we take a look at their circumstances and ways of interpreting themselves and the world around them, and if it is aligned with what they have set out to achieve. If what they believe in doesn’t support their goals, we work on creating the shift – a new set of beliefs- which in turns opens a new spectrum of possibilities – strategies and subsequent actions they can take to start moving towards their vision.

Henry Ford once said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Change your beliefs and you will change your results.