Mind Intro – Mind games
Mind intro – Mind Games
I believe there is no better place to start than with our Minds, as I see this as the biggest potential driver of our future success. By Minds I mean various things relating to our heads, (and to some extent our hearts too) and there are a number sub-topics related to ageing that I think merit a closer look.
Before we dive in, I spoke in my initial blog post about Vision. I encourage you wholeheartedly from the outset to open your mind and your imagination (be willing to consider ideas and opinions that are new and different to your own) to help reveal your vision if you don’t already have one. Until you have a clear view of your desired future, you won’t know where you want to go, and without a clear vision it will be hard to know how to get there, and impossible to know when you do! We’ll look at ways to develop the idea of a desired possible future in future articles.
The second important topic I would like to introduce is Mindset, sometimes described as the basic beliefs we carry about ourselves. A ‘fixed mindset’ assumes that our character, intelligence and creative ability are static, and which we can’t significantly change. A ‘growth mindset’, on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees opportunities for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Much of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in various contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness comes from these two mindsets. If you feel you want to make some changes for your future, but your mindset is rather fixed, you may need a little help to develop a more flexible mindset. This will allow you to explore new possibilities, discover new ideas and theories, push your comfort zone and ultimately grow. This will be a common theme running through many of my future blogs.
The third topic I’ll be examining more is Emotions. Everyone has these – it’s definitely part of being human – but some emotions are probably more useful to us than others. In fact, some can have a pretty detrimental impact, initially on our health and our relationships, and subsequently on our personal ageing process. So, I’ll be taking a closing look at emotions with some tips on how to deal with some of the more harmful emotions, and how to foster some of the more helpful ones to bring a greater sense of wellbeing. This can be done regardless of your age, gender or starting point. You may need some practice in identifying your emotions, and flexing your mindset.
The fourth topic is around Cognitive Powers. As we get older we know that our memories may lose their edge, but this isn’t the only cognitive behaviour to decline as we age. Our perceptions, judgement and rationality can also be impacted, exposing us to risks including health, safety and financial losses. I’ll be looking at mitigating the impacts and even boosting our powers in some cases.
Finally, I’m interested in how Support can play a role. Whether we ultimately can help ourselves, need assistance from others or even help other people, much of this again starts with an open mind and a growth mindset. I’ll be looking at acknowledging the need for, and accepting help from friends, families, professionals and support groups, as well as the power of habits, mindfulness and positive psychology. Hopefully they’ll be something for everyone here.
Thank you for reading. For more interesting articles, visit my blog at www.agelifebalance.com to learn more.