Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Digital Mind Flow

Mindshift from mindset to mind-flow is a significant perspective of digital transformation.

Change is about moving forward and improving. People are complicated, probably the most complicated 'thing' on the planet, but it doesn't mean we can't change to improve who we are and what we're doing. If you change people’s behaviors, more often you try to fix the symptoms; the critical step in change both at the individual level and organizational level is to change one’s mindset, in order to cure the root causes. Perhaps our mind should never get set, but keep flowing, to compete with the speed of digital.



Mindshift from mindset to mind-flow is a significant perspective of digital transformation: Mindset is at the heart of our belief system. These are beliefs that we all hold and have formed over time via education culture, or hard experience. We can look at changing our own mindsets in the context of ourselves; we are all part of social systems with both individual and collective mindsets. Everyone can take the time to listen to and create some space for us to realign what is important to us? What do we value? What is our purpose in life? We learn our beliefs. Most beliefs are learned and ingrained in our minds at a very young age. Our beliefs are developed from what we see, hear and experience when growing up. Some of these beliefs develop from our misinterpretation of what we see, hear and experience. Too often, we operate on autopilot, with our thoughts, emotions, and decisions coming from a subconscious level - accurate or not. Unfortunately, these learned beliefs are oftentimes limiting your mind, forming your bias or blind you from seeing the other side of the coin.


It is in the individual's mindset to either adapt or embrace the changes: It has been said that "to embrace change requires a change of mindset at every level and an understanding that things cannot stay the same. This is the groundwork that has to be done at all levels prior to initiating major change.” It requires that we move from mind SET to mind FLOW, from fixed mind to growth mind, so that it allows the mind to seek possibility or to make impossible possible. What is needed right now is continuous change and flexibility of our mind, completely away from being set in a fixed way, to put another way, our mind needs to be continually sharpened and shaped in order to adapt to the changes. In order to change anyone’s mindset, the individual must have an open mind. Some say, "the most expensive thing anyone can own is a closed mind.”


Knowledge is key to changing mindsets and wisdom helps mind grow and mature: Everyone has the ability to change their mindsets because every person has degrees of both open and closed mindsets in different contexts. Tied into this is the degree of resistance to change. We are all works in progress; learning, growing and changing. It is important to consider that having an open mind does not equate to have a critical mind, and this difference has fundamental implications regarding the process through which mindset changes or expands, grow and mature.


So, you are not likely to see the mind changes overnight. It is a long process, it could take from seven-year itch to lifetime learning. Optimistically, we live in the digital age, may the progressive thinking gets amplified and distributed promptly to speed up such mind changes. A healthy mind is like a running river, keep flowing, keep open, keep cleansing; keep touching, to prepare for merging into the big sea, and transcendent into a big momentum.

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