What is mindset and why is it important?



Mindset is the degree to which you believe in yourself as worthy of respect and value regardless of how you look or what you do.

Through that lens, you interpret your most basic qualities, what’s happening to you and around you – and what’s possible for you. It defines how you show up in the world, for yourself and with others.

Your mindset is formed by your thoughts, emotions, habits, strategies, the shadows of those behaviours, your values, history, and memories.

These elements come together and form the basis of your mindset and – and ultimately, your identity.

Why is it important?

Whether we are aware of it or not, our minds are always monitoring and interpreting what’s happening to us and what it means.

Depending on how our mindset has formed, the interpretation can be empowering or discouraging; you might have been programmed for Growth – or Survival.

The main way the interpretation is expressed is through the way we think – and ultimately – talk to ourselves. Our internal monologue may be focused on judging ourselves and our performance; or the opposite – on finding positives and strengths even in most difficult of situations. And that’s what ultimately defines whether you will succeed and even more, be your best self – or not.

Awareness of all these helps you sit in the driver’s seat of your life, rather than acting from an ‘auto pilot’ and recognise if you are coming from a place of Growth, or a place Survival.

When I work with my clients on the individual basis, we explore all these conscious and unconscious elements – and create a shift from Survival to Growth. The mindset of Growth is where the magic happens! It is where you take back control, enable sustained performance and create the career, business, life you’ve always wanted by combining this deep work with actionable business and career strategy.

When I work with teams, we take a look at individual personal and interpersonal habits supporting mindset of Growth and overall pattern of Survival and Growth in the team – climate they create. And equip them with insight, language and practical tools to perform consistently from a mindset of Growth.  

How do you show up?



Judgmental and critical

Emotionally detached

Overwhelmed and reactive

Harsh to self and others

Guarded and hidden

Blames and disempowers

Avoids conflict

Stays in own comfort zone



Growth focused

Curious and adaptable

Explores emotion

Present and mindful

Compassionate to self and others

Shares what is true for them

Offers solutions

Assertive and proactive

Stretches own comfort zone and act on what is true for them


Survival Climate

Survival focused

Disengaged and disempowered

Resistant and undermining

Blame and punishment

Mistrustful and cynical

Exclusion and bias


Reactive and risk averse


Covers up mistakes

Harsh and transactional

Incivility and rudeness

Low level of psychological safety


Growth Climate

Growth focused

Engaged and committed

Adaptable and proactive

Collaboration and support

Solutions and learning

Trust and optimism

Inclusion and diversity


Considered and creative


Open and honest


Civility flourishes

High level of psychological safety


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