Mindset vs. Attitude

I often talk about the power of mindset. But do you really know what mindset is?

Growing up we were always told to have a good attitude. That was the way to happiness and success. But were you taught how to cultivate the RIGHT mindset, or what the difference between the two are?

Mindset is sometimes confused for attitude, and I want to discuss how they are different, but intertwined.

Attitude is how we interact with the world. This comes from our conscious mind and is only responsible for 5% of our thinking and actions.

Our mindset is how we perceive the world around us. This is our subconscious mind and powers 95% of our thinking and actions.

When we pause to consider that 95% of our actions are motivated by our subconscious mind, it pulls into perspective just how critical it is to form and maintain a mindset that is aligned with where you want to be. The life you want to lead, the goals you have for yourself, the type of love you want to share and receive.

This means that the patterns – or paradigms – that exist in our subconscious mind are the primary driving force behind the way we either succeed or fail to meet the goals we have set out for our lives. These subconscious paradigms that shape our mindset are developed from a number of sources, our peers, schooling, work and life experiences. But most importantly, the bulk of our underlying thinking and habits are created between birth and the age of seven. During those formative years our brains serve as sponges, soaking up everything that is said to us, that we see, hear, feel, experience – all of these things creating our subconscious thinking patterns and paradigms.

The way we engage with the world around us is heavily influenced by the subconscious patterns, and bias, we have developed. This means that each action we take is motivated, predominantly, by our mindset.