Mindset, or the thinking and perspective brought to a situation, has a dramatic effect on how a person reacts. Read the quick story below, and see if you relate.
Bob and Tina dated for a couple years before they were married a decade ago. They get along well despite their differences and idiosyncrasies. Bob, you see, is very disciplined and likes to have all his ducks in a row. Tina on the other hand, kind of flies by the seat of her pants. And once in awhile that causes friction.
Take a couple weeks back when Bob and Tina agreed to meet at a certain time at a coffee shop. Tina had to make a stop along the way, but she assured Bob she’d be on time. Bob was early of course.
When the hour came for Tina to arrive and she wasn’t there, Bob just chuckled. “Ha, that’s my wife.” But ten minutes passed, and no Tina. He started to get a little irritated so he decided to call her cell phone. The call went to voice mail. “Why do we even pay for her cell phone when she often doesn’t answer?”, Bob thought, as he felt himself becoming annoyed.
Just then Bob’s phone rang. The voice on the other end was a police officer. “Your wife has been in an accident,” the voice said.
Immediately everything in Bob’s mind changed. The irritations disappeared, replaced with concern for Tina. “Where is she? Is she okay? Can I come see her?” he wondered.
Bob underwent a mindset change. What seemed important a moment earlier suddenly didn’t matter at all. And things he hadn’t even thought of before became critical. That’s how powerful mindset is.
Check your mindset about life, business, friends, family, etc. Are there attitudes that color the way you look at the world even before considering all the factors? How would your outlook be different if your mindset changed? Maybe it’s worth the effort.
(By the way, Tina was okay.)
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.