How many times have you been asked to have an agile mindset? How many times have you been told to change your mind to change your life? Be it the Internet, self-help literature, or pep talks, the theme for encouragement and betterment is the same: Change your mindset.
Whether it’s about debunking a belief, making better choices, dealing with life situations or building mental strength the solution is the same: Change your mindset. From ‘The Secret’ to ‘Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ to ‘TED Talks’, everything is asking you to manipulate your beliefs to get great results. As the saying goes “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” Ironically, this idea is quite versatile and vague, and at the same time it fits into everything.
What is this fuss about changing mindset?
As a human being, you are born with enormous mental and limited physical capacity. The power of imagination allows you to create perceived realities and by pushing your physical limits, you can concretize what you can imagine.
The most fitting example here is sports records. During primitive times, there was no making or breaking of records because no one imagined a man running 100m in 9.58 seconds. Today you have Usain Bolt holding that feat. Now when physical records are a thing, they are chased every day. The same is the case with everything else. Whether it is earning money, learning technology, or participating in social and cultural movements, people tend to follow the latest fad. Besides, there is no limit to what can be imagined and achieved.
You can perceive all sorts of notions and realities in your mind and work towards turning them in reality too but it doesn’t mean you should. In doing so, you miss out on the actual purpose of your life.
As per popular belief, merely surviving is not enough. You need to succeed in any field of work, sports, or life in general. Now the definition of success that has prevailed is based on false beliefs. It remains full of ambiguities. Success in this materialistic world means exhausting mental and physical capabilities for things that have no relevance in existential reality.
Enormous mental capabilities are given to you so you can understand and align your beliefs with reality. The powers of imagination, understanding, memory, etc. are there to enable you to bring mental peace and live as a resolved being. Changing beliefs, changing mindsets is an eternal endeavor unless you align yourself with reality.
There is this physical world where you have to make your body work for nourishment and survival. You have to use your body in whatever capacity you can. The state of mind or mindset does not change the physical situation or place you are in. Those are two different things and can not be connected.
Mental peace is what your state of mind will observe and let you live. You can be physically comfortable or not depending upon the location and still maintain peace of mind. One is virtual and the other is physical.
Current Belief:- Having an indefinite long holiday on a beach with all possible goodies and nothing to do is happiness.
In popular culture:- In one of his medium articles published by Mission.org, Louis Chew writes that mental toughness is the key to success.
As per the Philosophy of Coexistence: The existential truth is that the outermost circle of the life atom or soul which is named as (MANN) is meant to be calm and conscious, whereas the body is meant to be used to experience the reality. The body is to be used to work hard and produce stuff for its comfort and consumption in an ecologically balanced way. However, the opposite is happening in the modern human world. With the advent of technology, the current human lifestyle requires a great deal of mental effort, whereas it takes minimal physical effort in any activity.