Mindset is everything.
Well, not quite everything. But it counts for a lot.
A positive study mindset is an essential part of achieving success at university which is why it became one of the three pillars of signature 3M approach alongside Method and Mastery.
Your mind is immensely powerful. But it’s also rather conservative.
It wants to keep you safe. But sometimes safe means sticking with what you know, not standing out and staying in your comfort zone. That little voice in your head? It can be your critic telling you to not dream too big, you’ll probably not succeed anyway, why bother to be great when you can be good enough. Or it can be your cheerleader inspire to reach higher, encourage you to push further and excel. And the best part is…you get to CHOOSE!
But it’s not always so easy. Your mind tends to err on the side of caution so you must actively train your mind to focus on opportunities and push past fear. An excellent way to do this is to have a strong sense of purpose. With a focus on what you want to achieve in life, it is easier to stay motivated, have clarity around what action to take and make decisions and choices in an intentional way rather than drifting along.
Last week I talked about how the Japanese concept of Ikigai provides a framework for determining your passion, talent, mission and future profession. Now, I want to show you how this can be used to your advantage in your studies.