An eye-opening podcast, looking into something incredibly important; especially for those that are falling prey to the currently popular ‘mindset is everything’ cultural movement. This is not a podcast meant to antagonise but to simply and clearly point out:
There is intelligence beyond a patterned way of thinking.
The Losing Stress Podcast Ep 37 – The Limited Nature of Mindsets
[00:00] Hey guys! It’s Chiggs. It’s another Losing Stress podcast.
For this episode, I want to delve into a topic that I’ve wanted to delve into but I didn’t want to step on any toes.
But I realised the further I go with learning about the mind and understanding the mind that it has to be talked about. And that is the limited nature of mindsets.
[00:25] So this has to be talked about firstly, acknowledging that currently, right now, there is this cultural movement and cultural influence (coming from online especially) that having the right mindset leads to success.
[00:44] And rather than actually offer an opinion on this, by saying whether it is good or bad, let’s see if we can look at this whole cultural movement and see if we can delve into what is the general thing going on with this movement?
Success, Poker and Mindsets
What’s going on with this cultural movement from what I can see (I can observe) is that, typically, a successful person in a certain field once they reach a certain level then tends to reflect back on what they did and what helped with arriving at success.
Affectively, they look at their past and
use this a model for success.
[01:31] And immediately, from this, something comes up in the mind.
If we take poker as the field of success for this person then if this person has been successful in this competitive field like poker then it’s quite clear if you’re involved in poker (if you’ve played professionally in it for a few years) that it is a dynamic environment.
In that, it’s constantly changing. And to do well at it requires adaptation.
[02:05] And I think the best example of this, is to look at the environment you’re involved in, you’re specialized in (as a poker player) and see how the environment can change and could possibly even go away.
For example, if you play on a poker website at a certain limit playing a particular game type of cash games that website could take those games away, the games could become less popular; more competitive for whatever reason.
And the point we’re trying to make here is that whatever environment that you’re in really (getting aside from this online example) in poker, however stable you think it is, some factors or something can happen, outside of you thinking about it, that can make it change or possibly, make it disappear altogether.
[03:06] I realise, as I talk about this now, that this has gone off on a tangent now and it wasn’t meant to be a podcast to scare you. But, of course, this warrants looking at and mentioning.
How is a mindset formed?
[03:20] Now, going back, what we were talking about is that with a mindset that a person is talking about or perhaps selling in some way they provide some kind of prescription for arriving at success based on their own experiences, their own research, their own specialisation.
And so, one can, of course, have their eyes opened and see the possibilities of certain activities that they haven’t considered that can help them deliver success.
That’s something that quite clearly cannot be denied.
So this lifting of the veil can happen with somebody pointing out to you something:
“Ah yes, I didn’t consider this and I can see how this would be useful”
[04:17] However, going a step further into this:
“As an intelligent person, I want to find out how this person figured this thing out. How did they figure out that this mindset was the right thing?”
So you follow it down a bit further and find out (if you can) how this person found out about this mindset or these particular elements of a mindset.
[04:45] And you can continue down this path until eventually, the fact hits you that:
The root of this is the mind.
The root of mindsets is the mind
“And unless I actually look at it, I can
either jump from a certain person’s mindset to another person’s mindset or
follow a mindset and perhaps even ‘arrive’ at being successful but where does
that actually leave me? Does that leave me feeling satisfied?”
In both cases, if you’re being truly honest, they do not.
Satisfaction and Mindsets
[05:19] And the second case above, might require further looking at if you cannot see it immediately.
Because you might be in the belief or caught up in the belief system:
“If I become successful then all of my problems will fade away and I’ll live happily”
[05:43] Most of us, who have actually looked into this, see the falseness of this because we can see examples of celebrities who are successful in certain fields but are quite clearly unhappy.
[06:00] Even setting this aside, can you see that with a mind that is trying and wanting to arrive at success, where wanting to become a success is the dominating factor, that when this success does occur the mind has a realisation that this success wasn’t really an arrival.
That in actuality, life still goes on. It’s always happening.
That in this pursuit, the mind feels like something is not quite right here. Something is wrong.
“Why don’t I feel completely satisfied here now?”
And that’s where if you’ve looked at this very clearly and carefully you find that it’s very easy to build this image of success in the mind and be chasing towards it.
[07:00] However, in that the mind is built on an image. Which, of course, is the false.
The truth is the fact that life is always happening and always changing.
[07:17] And so when you look at all of this, you see that all mindsets, in whatever static way that they are, can never really fully deal with this absolute fact: that life is always happening.
Is it possible to have a mind that is with life? And is with life always happening?
So that overall, with what we talked about here, happiness is not neglected through having a mindset.
Does a mindset cover all aspects of life?
[07:49] And so essentially, what we’ve talked about here (if we were to sum it up) is:
Even though a mindset may lead to success in a certain field, say, for example, in poker, it doesn’t tackle or cover the whole of living.
[08:07] And when you hear this now, do you hear the great importance of this or is this simply something that you nod at and simply accept as something you cannot change.
Is that just the way things are?
A person must work and do something. And so they must try and become successful at something. Then after that go ahead, if they do become a success, or dissatisfied then go ahead and try something else. And look to become a success in that.
And just continue in this patterned fashion.
[08:46] Or is there something more to this or is there something more to life outside of this?
And for this person that has looked at this
and has seen that practically everyone is caught up in this paradigm of trying
to become something then what is it that this person can do?
[09:10] Quite clearly, this person has to look at how their mind works. And from there use this intelligence that’s brought about through observing the way their own mind works.
[09:24] But, the thing is, to get access to this intelligence surely you have to look at it outside of your own opinions?
Whatever you do look at, has to be looked at outside of your own opinions and your own knowledge; that is built up from the past.
[09:41] So can you look at things simply as they are?
And from there figure it out.
Clear Observation Rather Than a Mindset
[09:49] Now, without this being too abstract, let’s take an example.
I want to take an example from my own personal life. And see how through simple observation we can see things intelligently.
[10:04] The example I want to give is with the broad activity of yoga.
Now, when it comes to yoga (a fairly popular activity now) I can hear it from somebody, a close friend or any other person:
“You should do yoga, it’s great for you!”
And I might, perhaps, go ahead and try yoga because I respect the person’s opinion giving the advice.
But is this fully satisfying? Or even fully intelligent?
[10:45] What I can say is, the way I see
yoga now is that I can observe that there very clearly is a mind-body
connection if you look into it with care and attention.
That when you’re sat there thinking about things there is a reaction in the body in some way. You can observe this.
[11:13] As I say this, this, of course, needs testing for yourself and not just simply taking my word for it.
But since this is a podcast, let’s just assume you have looked into this and you have observed that there is certainly this mind-body connection.
And so when you look at yoga as an activity and you observe the way it works and the way your body feels after a yoga class or doing some yoga activity it’s just incredibly clear based off this information that yoga is an activity that is incredibly good for you.
And is absolutely necessary if you want to have a healthy mind and body.
[12:00] Because if we take playing poker for example when you’re sat down for the majority of the time, you can observe that this leads to various bodily issues further down the line; say aches and pains.
[12:14] And so that’s just one example.
I think now is a good time to wrap up this podcast and just cover what we’ve explored.
[12:24] So what we’ve explored here is that a prescriptive mindset, in particular field, may perhaps lead to success in that field. But it cannot cover the whole of living.
And so the issue with having a mindset is that it doesn’t tackle what seems like a mysterious issue of happiness.
It doesn’t satisfy this simple observation: that life is always happening and always moving.
And in that, there is no such thing as an arrival.
[12:57] So hearing this, can we all see that it is absolutely necessary to not be trapped in a mindset. Or to not trap the mind in a mindset.
[13:12] The next step, which is not a prescription, is to start to see things as they actually are and have this act of intelligence occur.
[13:22] On that note guys, I’m going to leave it there.
As always I’ll be on Instagram, @lChiggsl.