Mindset matters

Mindset matters


Minding your mindset

Before you can even begin to make changes in your life to live “well,” there is one huge thing that we often forget to tend to: OUR MINDSET!

We may feel that to make changes all we need to do is ‘just do it’ (thanks Nike). First, we must BELIEVE that we can. And not just that shallow cliché way of believing that change can happen in our lives, but a deeper knowing that change is actually possible for ourselves. Secondly, our belief must spur us to action. A shift in mindset is great, but does nothing if there is no action behind it. Third, we must consider the motivation of our mindset change (intrinsic vs extrinsic, avoidance vs achievement, etc.,). Let’s dig a bit more into what mindset is, the difference between a “diseased” and “wellness” mindsets, and lastly how it can impact the 6 areas of wellness.



As mentioned, change starts when we adjust our mindset. Mindset can be defined as the following:


-set of beliefs

-guideline or blueprint for how we view our world

-way of thinking about ideas, people, things, etc.,

-mood related to any and all events or circumstances


Basically, our mindset is the lens through which we view the world. Our mindset has an impact on how we eventually take action as a result of our beliefs. To undervalue the importance of mindset is to not understand how major an impact it has on what we do. Without our attitude, or set of beliefs about the world, it can be difficult to take a position within it, decide how we would, could or should feel about certain events, ideas and/or people.


Does that mean that a positive attitude leads to positive outcomes or the reverse? I’d say it depends. Popular belief, tons of research, and anecdotal reports support this claim that the nature of our mindset impacts the quality of our actions, and by default, has a major influence over our intended outcomes.


The nature of the mindset boils down to two options: being stuck with a “diseased” or fixed mindset or evolving with a “wellness” or growth mindset.



A “diseased” mindset, commonly referred to as a fixed mindset, can be characterized as being stuck and not growing, and having a negative outlook in many, or all, areas of our lives. What comes to mind is the person that always sees the ‘worst case scenario’ where nothing seems to go right for them. A person with a diseased mindset fails to see the possibilities in both the present and the future. A person with this mindset does not feel like they have any control over their life. thoughts spread throughout our life and can cause cancer to our overall wellness.


WELLNESS MINDSET A.K.A. “Positive Patty”


A “wellness” mindset, A.K.A. growth mindset, can be characterized as focusing on moving forward, taking and/or feeling in control, being fluid/dynamic, having the ability to change and adapt, and not being rigid. A Positive Patty feels that she can move beyond her current circumstances and remains solution-focused. She doesn’t overly stress herself over the things that she can’t control but instead works on what she can change. Like pervasive health and well-being, a wellness mindset positively impacts many, if not all, areas of an individual’s life.




Listed below are several ways that our mindset can influence the 6 different areas of wellness. Within each area are ways (not necessarily positive or negative) that wellness is impacted.


Mindset and lifestyle

  • How we view our work


Mindset and mental

  • Ability to manage control within our lives (external or internal of control)
  • Ability to persist
  • Ability to handle stress
  • Ability to see potential for ourselves


Mindset and emotions

  • How we view and/or value or feelings
  • How we react to our feelings (i.e., how we handle break-ups, let downs, being fired from work)
  • How we process (hold on or let go) to certain feelings


Mindset and spirituality

  • Our view of spirituality’s importance in our lives
  • Our focus on events/activities that positively/negatively uplift our spirit
  • Our understanding of spiritual/religious traditions that impact our lives and the transference of traditions meanings, relevance, etc.


Mindset and physical

  • Our view on the state of our health (old age/ailments inevitable)
  • Our view on our impact on the state of our health (our control on health trajectory, “runs in my family” vs “my family history does not have total control over my health”)
  • Our focus on what we do have control over (diet, physical activities within our level of ability)


Mindset and finances

  • Our view of poverty vs prosperity (belief in scarcity or abundance)
  • Our view of how we associate with money and abundance (good vs evil)
  • Our thoughts about what kind of person you have to be to acquire wealth
  • Our level of education and/or awareness towards money (avoidance-“just not good with money,” seeks opportunity to break generation and familial trends with resources)



Once we learn where our current mindset lays, we can understand the action that we need to take to make the changes we desire. Our actions are purely led by our state of mind and awareness at that time. Understand that change is a process. We don’t just decide we want to adopt a new frame of mind, it is a daily charge to think and view ourselves and our ability differently. Also, please understand that we all have tendencies that overlap in each mindset area. Sometimes we do feel helpless and don’t feel positive or have all the answers, and at other times we get into attack-mode and feel unstoppable!


Take the time, do the daily work, and watch your life change right in front of your eyes. I leave you with this quote:


“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”-John Maxwell

Chaquita Miller

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