What is an action or a reaction? How is the brain wired to perform in any situation and why do some people act in a certain way and others do not? What makes our brain feel lethargic and what makes it active?
Let’s understand the brain, its’ cells, and how our mindset works.
1. How Does the Brain Play into Mindset?
Mindset is basically how you view the world, and what your brain perceives, and can be negative or positive.
The brain plays into mindset it’s basically like a muscle, so it requires effort to stay strong and you’ve to put in some work to make it grow but if you consistently work on it, if you keep exercising you use it more, and make it healthier. And similarly, if you just let it be, laying limp it will lose its strength.
So, this is how your mind and mindset are related. So, if we constantly keep working on our brain activity and exercising it by giving it challenging tasks it will keep on developing.
It will get better with everyday passing, and you will be creative in the long run with very effective problem-solving skills.
Neurons are much more important than any other cell in the body, they are very complex and require a lot of energy.
You can compare one neuron to 100 muscle fibers, so they are practically very expensive.
Given their formation and importance let’s understand why are they so important. Neurons are communication pathways of the brain.
The neurons receive inputs, process them, and send outputs everything being a neuron-to-neuron communication.
3. Fixed Mindset
A fixed mindset affects how people behave or react in a situation or how they act with other people, how they see them, and even how they visualize themselves.
Surprisingly, they believe that their view of themselves is how people think about them.
This is also where ego comes into play, due to constant comparison of yourself with others which leads to superior or inferior feelings as well.
Once the ego builds more it gets even more fragile, which adds more pressure to be perfect and an increased fear of failure.
To give an example a person with a fixed mindset has difficulty in making choices and their decision power is not very strong.
Hence, they can not make the best decisions for themselves and might end up in a position that is like underachieving for them, putting their brains in a kind of rest state and not helping the neural mechanism.
4. Growth Mindset
A growth mindset is the opposite of a fixed mindset and it works on a belief that every experience is a learning experience, it can help in learning and improving every day.
When we keep this mindset we can develop skills very consistently. For such people success and failure, are not monumental as they understand that failure is also a part of the journey and, success does not come overnight rather it is something that comes out of everyday work and effort.
They understand that it is not just the end destination but the journey is equally important.
It also helps people become less competitive, as they do not compare themselves to others and focus on their journey. They focus on the problem at hand, analyze results and understand the reason behind all their successes and all their losses.
5. How do we See the Differences?
We do understand that our IQ is not a constant figure, neither is our intelligence. Our personality and abilities also can change over a period given that we emphasize the proper working of our brains.
When facing a difficult situation, it seems easy to walk out of it.
But immediately leaving a situation just because it is not in your favor does not support growth, abandoning something just because you do not like is not how reflexes should work.
Instead effortlessly or even if you have to apply efforts try to stay strong in the situation and fight with it, learn from it, and evolve from it. Understand why this situation came into your life and how will you get out of it.
6. Our Brains are Capable of Changing
No matter what the age of your brain is, it is capable of changing and growing every day.
It is structured like that, it helps you in the learning process throughout your life and this process is known as brain plasticity.
It is the development of new neuronal connections also known as synapses between the neurons which creates new memories and behaviors.
Brain plasticity exists on several levels –
- Cellular Level – New neurons born in adulthood via neurogenesis migrate from their location to the frontal lobe to become a part of your cognitive network, this is when stem cells differentiate into neurons.
- Large Scale – By reorganizing itself and following its functions, the entire brain adapts based on your experiences
- Larger Scale – Stronger connections are formed when synapses fire together and help us to build memories. This usually occurs in childhood but can also continue throughout life.
7. Final Notes: Why does your Mindset Matter?
Your mindset is a very important tool not just for the people and activities in your life but also for yourself and your capabilities and talents.
It is your mindset that will help you react positively or negatively in any given situation, if you have a growth mindset you will live well with failures, you will not break down with setbacks and you will believe in yourself to get over it.
Challenges and opportunities will be parallel for you rather than contrasting.