The nature of mindsets

A primer on how our underlying beliefs, attitudes and assumptions create our everyday lives — and our shared world.

Ash Buchanan
Mar 16, 2017 · 7 min read

What is a Mindset?

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi

1) Mindsets are habits of mind

2) Mindsets are created by experiences

3) Mindsets create blind spots

4) Mindsets are self-deceptive

5) Mindsets shape our everyday lives

6) Mindsets create our shared world

7) Mindsets can be developed in complexity

8) Mindsets can be transcended

Why mindsets matter

“It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.” — Ellen Langer

“It is not until we see our global problems as symptoms of one fundamental, deeper-rooted crisis — the symptoms of our individual and shared mindset — that we can begin to mount a more profound response” — Monica Sharma

The three basic mindsets

“The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?” — Carl Jung

“In a Fixed Mindset people believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.” — Carol Dweck

“In a Growth Mindset people understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” — Carol Dweck

In a Benefit Mindset we not only seek to fulfil our potential, but choose to do it in a way that contributes to the wellbeing of others and society as a whole. We question ‘why’ we do what we do, and believe in doing good things for good reasons.

The basic mindsets in practice

More consciously choosing your mindset

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” — Buckminster Fuller

Who do you want to be and what kind of world do you want to create?

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall


Benefit Mindset

Creating cultures of everyday leadership

Ash Buchanan

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Benefit Mindset

Creating cultures of everyday leadership