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COMBATING a Negative Mindset and Making it Positive: Sarah Morrell


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Mindset is about how a person thinks about themselves and the world.

For instance, if a person sees the glass as half empty, they have a negative mindset.

But, if they believe that there’s nothing that can be about it they have a fixed mindset.

If however, they view the glass as half-full with plenty of space to add to it and then start thinking about different opportunities to fill that extra space, then they have a growth mindset. 

We used to believe that the way our brains work is fixed but now we know that our brains have a lot of neuroplasticity even in later life. Yes, that’s right we can teach old dogs new tricks!


Increasing Neuroplasticity

Research shows that the brain can form new neurons and reorganise itself when we are well into our adulthood.  It is known that exercise and diet play a key role in Neuroplasticity.

The key thing to remember is to mix low-intensity exercise such as walking or cycling with higher intensity exercise such as sprinting, circuit training or team sports. For food it’s about eating a variety of different foods. One tip is to eat different coloured food to get a better mix of micronutrients. In the workplace you can also foster neuroplasticity by reducing stress through collaboration.


The Turnaround

In stressful times, it is natural to start to grab as much information as possible.

Recently, this might include reading articles daily about the government’s strategy for dealing with Covid-19, how the public and your customers are reacting and the effects of all this on the economy. Just check out your recent internet search history, you’ve likely been visiting a lot more websites over the last quarter.  

However, all that swapping about is likely to have caused the brain to become overstimulated, causing the flow of stress hormones such as adrenaline. As a result, you end up creating a reactive mindset rather than a more considered proactive mindset.

To counter, one of the ways to slow the brain down is to stop exploring all the different options and focus on the best resources and solutions that your organisation has. Then narrow this down even further so that you have one niche project to focus on and exploit the highest quality resources that have already been found.

This deep learning around one specific area will naturally slow down the thinking of the whole team and encourage neuroplasticity. It also encourages your team to enjoy their achievement of learning and building confidence which will further encourage that growth mindset.


This blog, written by Sarah Morrell of Natural Mindset Limited, was first featured in the 3rd edition of the Volta Blue magazine.


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