The art of inentional thinking - Master your mindset, Control and Choose your thoughts - Peter Hollins

Create Mental habits to fulfill your potential

Chapter 1. Mind Over Matter

Battle of the mind fought every day: courage versus fear, comfort vs worry, faith vs doubt, confidence vs uncertainty.
Whichever set of thoughts you allow to win will rule the day and your actions.

If you were to ask someone if they’d rather think different thoughts or work in a coal mine for 10 hours, it’s not going to be a close decision.
But the ability to think a certain way on a consistent basis involves self-discipline and focus to the highest degree;

A complete rewiring of your thoughts and mindsets is daunting at best but imperative to creating a life you feel happy to wake up to every day.

Like it or not, our mindset is our internal lens to the world around us. Our thoughts, opinions, beliefs, fears, and hopes get projected onto everything we see.

The Inner Voice

These mindsets affect and change someone’s perception of the world.
There are also mindsets for jealousy, anger, fear, greed…

Self-talk—the commentary, criticism, and judgment we tell ourselves about ourselves—is one “channel” that your mindset tunes into.
The perspective it narrates from is completely up to you.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

The stories we tell ourselves through self-talk and narrative create a series of mental boundaries that can influence our lives dramatically.
A person’s beliefs about a given situation affect how they behave.

The Power of Thoughts

Placebo effect: When the brain anticipates a certain result, that anticipation plays a heavy part in affecting how it all comes down.

What is your mindset? It’s how you see the world, yourself, and your place in the world.
It’s the overall lens you view everything through.
It includes your self-talk, your internal voice, and the narrative or story you tell yourself about yourself.
Simply thinking different can be one of the toughest tasks in the world.

Mindset has the power to shape your reality, as proven by the concept of the self-fulfilling prophecy.
wherein a belief or expectation makes that belief or expectation exist.
it’s thinking strategically about what you want and what you don’t want.

Chapter 2. The Mindset of Agency and Control

everything in your life is under your control; you just have to believe it first to put it in action.

Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

What we believe about ourselves and our abilities is a fundamental part.
Some of us believe we can’t change, whereas others eagerly seek out new experiences, challenges, and education precisely to grow and develop.
This is the first way that we determine whether or not we take agency in our lives.

What’s the purpose of trying if you don’t think it’s in you?
The fixed mindset is quick to avoid challenges and even give up before a problem can be solved.
It doesn’t value effort; it views excessive work as “trying too hard” for little to no payoff.

Growth mindset: Whatever you are right now is just a starting place from which to grow, improve, and develop.
Challenges and obstacles aren’t avoided; they’re dealt with and learned from.
always evolving, always learning how to make things better, and always considering how to improve.

Rather than applauding the person, they compliment their process.
Instead of exalting who their students are, they commend what they do.

For example, a fixed mindset would say, “Gosh, you’re really smart at math!” A growth mindset, on the other hand, would say, “I like how you worked on this problem by trying different approaches and how thoroughly you tried to solve the equation with these notes. You put a lot of work into this.”
A false growth mindset would simply say, “Great job for trying! Keep trying!”.

Adjust Your Locus of Control

you don’t make any effort to improve yourself whatsoever—because in your mind, there is no correlation between your efforts and what happens!
They hope people will magically change or that situations will stop happening to them.
This is someone who sits quietly in their room in the hopes that their comfort zone will suddenly burst or increase.

Self-Efficacy vs. Helplessness

the confidence we have in our ability to handle and execute in given situations.
By nurturing belief and confidence in your abilities, you can start a chain reaction that funnels down through your efforts, understanding, and accomplishments.

We develop self-efficacy by consistently working, watching, and learning from others, courting constructive feedback, and focusing on and celebrating success.

Seligman’s conclusions were astounding: over time, we are conditioned to respond to adverse circumstances or imminent misfortune by giving in—admitting helplessness.
The dogs had “learned” that there was no way for them to avoid the shocks;

Chapter 3. The Mindset of Perseverance

Turn the Obstacle Upside Down

How can you shift your mindset to strength in the face of fire? How will you move on and extract the good from a setback instead of endlessly ruminating on your flaws?
Perception is how we decide what events mean to us.
How we see the world around us and how we interpret what happens to us makes a massive difference.
it’s not these events, because they are ultimately neutral, but your own judgment of these events that matters.
This makes you responsible for your life.
You don’t control external events, but you control how you choose to look at them and then respond to them.

Growth only occurs to those who are able to mentally and physically withstand discomfort.

Stoics recommended to periodically spend time imagining that we have lost the things we value most.
Suddenly, you will be forced to realize that you already have what makes you happy beyond measure.

The only things we control entirely are ourselves, our will, and our intentions.

A Long-Term View

The 40% Rule

when an individual’s mind begins telling them that they are physically or emotionally maxed out, in reality they have only pushed themselves to 40% of their full capacity.
they could endure 60% more if only they believed that they are capable of it.

most of us have no clue about our true physical and mental limitations. Our lives are so much safer and more comfortable than those of our ancestors.

Chapter 4. The Mindset of Action

leap before you look. This is the mindset that places more importance on doing rather than analyzing.
thinking less and doing more.
Always be moving forward—the alternative is staying still or stagnating, and nobody accomplishes anything in that mode.

Thinking vs. Doing

thinking and doing are mutually exclusive.

Identify the smallest step you need to take.

Instead of reading for two hours a night, try writing during one of those hours. Rather than watching a bunch of YouTube videos, try making a couple and posting them yourself.

Stop learning, start applying.
spend no more than 50% of your time learning and at least 50% of your time applying and using.

Solution vs. Problem Mindset

From Motivation to Action

We want motivation that causes action.
This type of motivation, if you ever find it, is highly unreliable
Get into the habit of proceeding without it. And surprisingly, this is where you’ll find what you were seeking.
Action leads to motivation, more motivation, and eventually momentum.

The more you work for something, the more meaningful it becomes to you.

Do not wait until you are 100% ready before you take the first step.
allow your actions to motivate you and build confidence.