What does the word “mindset” truly mean?
When you think of the word mindset, does it conjure up images of positive thinking, affirmations, journaling, or vision boards?
Those things are powerful tools in developing a positive mindset, but they are just skimming the surface of what mindset means.
In fact, focusing on elements like these can somewhat dilute our understanding of what mindset is. We’re in danger of not truly understanding mindset and missing the opportunity to create real change for our clients.
I want to start discussing mindset in a whole new way that really speaks to the dimensions of mindset. In this episode of The Mindset Coach, I explore what mindset truly means and the deeper elements that we, as coaches, need to be aware of to help our clients.
You can listen to this episode of the podcast below or keep reading….
Why is understanding mindset so important?
Digger beneath the surface and looking at the different dimensions of mindset is crucial to help our clients achieve what they want to achieve.
As coaches, we all want to help our clients get results. So, it’s really important to understand where our clients are, where they want to be, and what actions they need to take to get between those two things. Understanding their current mindset is key to this.
Understanding where your clients are now…and how they got there
A key part of coaching is getting clients to reflect on where they are now in relation to their goals. It’s great to encourage this and see what progress they’ve already made vs. what they need to do now.
This only touches the surface, though. I also think you should look at how clients got where they are now. What are all the things that have led them to this point?
Think about yourself for a moment. Look around you, at the room that you’re in, the industry you are in. Where you are now is a direct result of all the conscious and unconscious choices you have ever made up until this point. What led to this point? Most of it will be obvious, some of it less so.
We really should help clients identify the unconscious decisions that have led them to this point in their lives. If we don’t know and understand this ourselves, how will we help our clients with it?
Reflecting on positive and negative habits
Clients all have consistent behaviours and habits they are conscious of. Some may be good habits such as daily yoga, journaling, or reading inspirational books. That’s all great! But what about those habits lying beneath the surface, the things they’re not aware of? What habits are on autopilot?
Some clients may get to a level of success and then start to fall backwards. Perhaps they start to struggle to maintain the habit, or they end up self-sabotaging. A common one is losing weight. People will see the scale go down, notice their clothes fit better, and feel great about themselves. And yet, something will happen, and they’ll start to slip into poor eating habits again.
As coaches, we need to help clients understand why they do things like this, to prevent them in the future. We can help them make their trajectory to success a lot less bumpy that way.
Emotion drives action
If someone is finding it difficult to recognise or manage emotions that don’t serve them, they’ll struggle to achieve what they desire.
Emotions are crucial to our ability to navigate life and be resilient. They tell us so much, so we need to listen to them! We need to understand how they affect our daily actions, achievements, and productivity.
As coaches, we should focus on the frequency of these emotions and their impact on our client’s behaviour. The strange thing about emotion is that for it to have any lasting impact on us, it must be cultivated. By this, I mean, if we frequently feel a certain emotion, it’s almost like we’re feeding it more and more.
So, recognising what those frequent emotions are is vital to interpreting behavioural patterns.
What we need to ask our clients (and ourselves) is:
- What emotions do we feel most regularly?
- Which ones are productive?
- Which ones are unproductive?
By simply recognising all this, we can start to take control over our emotions and make real changes. Having the ability to regulate emotion is so powerful!
I have lots of techniques for this in The Mindset Academy to help you help your clients to do this.
What do your clients believe about themselves?
One of the other things to look at is – what do your clients believe about themselves? Just as emotion shapes action, so do beliefs – which in turn affect your emotions. Everything is connected!
If a client doesn’t believe they can do something, the chances of them giving it a go are pretty slim. This can then lead to negative thought patterns and feelings of failure.
Learning what your clients believe is a key dimension of mindset. How does their self-belief impact their self-esteem? What do they believe in terms of their own worth and capabilities?
Knowing all of these things at the outset of our client relationships is so important. We need to know how those commonly held beliefs impact their lives so we can work with them to improve them.
Interpreting client behaviours
Understanding our clients’ behavioural types is another piece of the puzzle. Working out whether the client is more of an introvert or extrovert, what their behavioural type or psychometric profile is like is a great way to get to know your client and how they view the world.
This can help you alter your approach and tailor the tasks you suggest to something more suitable for the client.
What are your clients’ values?
The other thing that underpins a lot of these different components is client values. Your clients’ values are also the drivers of behaviour.
What we value, what is important to us, is crucial to our actions. We act upon the things that matter to us, and we don’t really act on things we don’t value.
Look at your clients’ values across all areas of their life, such as finances, family, health, work life, and relationships. By looking at this as a whole, we can really shine a light on whether the client is in or out of alignment with their values. This is a fantastic lever for us as coaches to help clients create change.
A well-rounded understanding of our clients’ mindset
Understanding the habits and behaviours, emotions, beliefs, and values of a client gives you a full, well-rounded picture of them as a person. Helping them to understand each of these components and how they relate can be a real eye-opener.
If you’re a coach or a therapist, you probably have some tools up your sleeve that can help you do this. Once clients better understand themselves, tools such as neurolinguistic programming, timeline therapy, and hypnotherapy, can help them make changes to their behaviours on a conscious level.
I want you to think carefully about how you view mindset and how you work through these elements with your clients. Exploring each of these elements in depth can help your clients drive forward and get the results they want.
If you need more help figuring out your clients’ mindsets and behaviours, visit The Mindset Coach Academy!