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  • Writer's pictureKaren Queller

What mindset do you have? Where did you get it? And what mindset do you need for the world ahead?

Our mindset—the lens through which we perceive and navigate the world. Our mindset is woven from the threads of our upbringing, experiences, and beliefs. It is influenced by the environments we have inhabited, the people we have encountered, and the stories we have internalized. Reflect on your own mindset—take a moment to trace its roots. Was it shaped by the nurturing guidance of mentors, the cultural values instilled by your family, or the successes and setbacks that molded your character? Acknowledging the sources of our mindset empowers us to understand its limitations, biases, and potential for growth. Taking time to identify our mindset helps us remember that our mindset is not a truth but a continual set of choices that we must make daily.

Our mindset acts as a potent force that colors our perception, shapes our decisions, and influences our actions. Whether we embrace a growth mindset, which sees challenges as opportunities for learning, or a fixed mindset, which views abilities as fixed traits, profoundly impacts our personal and professional growth. Are you open to new possibilities and willing to embrace uncertainty, or do you tend to shy away from challenges, fearing failure? Do you have an abundance mindset, believing in the infinite possibilities and resources available in the world? Do you focus on gratitude, collaboration, and the belief that there is always more to be gained? Or do you lean towards a scarcity mindset operating from a place of lack and limitation? Believing that resources, opportunities, and success are scarce, leading to a fear of missing out and a competitive mindset. Do you have a positive mindset, acknowledging challenges and as opportunities for growth and learning? Or do you have a negative mindset seeing obstacles as insurmountable limiting your opportunities for progress? Although we may tend to lean in one direction or another, our mindsets can change, and the more aware we are about which mindset we are operating from, the easier it will be to make the changes we desire in our lives. Cultivating the Mindset for the World Ahead

As we stand on the edge of a world that constantly evolves and challenges us, the need to cultivate a resilient and adaptable mindset becomes paramount. The landscape of our lives is rapidly transforming, influenced by technological advancements, shifting societal norms, and global interconnectedness. In this dynamic environment, a static mindset rooted in rigidity and resistance will only hinder our growth and progress.

The world ahead demands a mindset that embraces change with open arms, recognizing it as an inherent part of life's journey. It requires us to navigate the vast ocean of ambiguity with courage and a spirit of exploration. Instead of being overwhelmed by uncertainty, we can choose to view it as an invitation to expand our horizons, discover new possibilities, and uncover hidden potentials.

At the core of this mindset lies curiosity—the unyielding thirst for knowledge, understanding, and exploration. It is through curiosity that we open doors to new realms of possibility, expanding our awareness and broadening our perspectives. Empathy, too, plays a pivotal role in shaping our mindset for the world ahead. As we navigate an increasingly interconnected global community, the ability to understand and empathize with diverse perspectives becomes essential. Empathy allows us to bridge divides, foster meaningful connections, and collaborate with others to tackle the complex challenges we face collectively. It fosters a mindset that values compassion, inclusivity, and the recognition of our shared humanity.

In our pursuit of cultivating a mindset for the world ahead, we can draw inspiration from visionaries like Thomas Edison, Nicholas Tesla, Frida Khalo, and Mahatma Gandhi. Their stories remind us that progress often comes from challenging the norm, pushing boundaries, daring to dream big, continuing to be curious, and keeping love strong in our hearts.

Creative Activity

Mindset Reflection Collage

  • Magazines, newspapers, or printed images

  • Scissors

  • Glue or tape

  • Poster board or large paper

  • Markers or colored pencils


1. Set aside some quiet, uninterrupted time for self-reflection and creative exploration.

2. Begin by gathering a collection of magazines, newspapers, or printed images that resonate with you. Look for images, words, and phrases that evoke different aspects of mindset, such as growth, resilience, creativity, curiosity, and self-belief. Trust your intuition in selecting the materials.

3. Flip through the magazines or printed materials and cut out any images, words, or phrases that capture your attention and reflect aspects of your current mindset or the mindset you aspire to have.

4. Once you have gathered a variety of materials, spread them out in front of you.

5. Take a few deep breaths and center yourself. Reflect on your current mindset and any beliefs, patterns, or limitations that may be influencing your perception and actions.

6. Begin to intuitively select the images, words, and phrases that resonate with your reflection. Consider how each piece represents your relationship with your mindset and the emotions it evokes within you.

7. Arrange and glue/tape the selected materials onto the poster board or large paper to create a collage. Allow your creative intuition to guide you as you experiment with different arrangements and combinations. There are no right or wrong choices—trust your inner artist.

8. As you create your collage, take moments to step back and reflect on the meaning behind each element. Consider how they connect with your current mindset and what they reveal about your relationship with it.

9. Once you have completed your collage, sit with it in contemplation, allowing the visual representation of your mindset to speak to you. Notice any patterns, contrasts, or messages that emerge.

10. With markers or colored pencils, write any additional thoughts, insights, or affirmations around your collage. These can be personal reflections, aspirations, or reminders that reinforce the mindset you desire to cultivate.

11. Honor the journey you are on and the growth that lies ahead.

**This collage can also be done using Canva, if you don’t have collage materials available**

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