"> Crisis and how to cope – mini series – MAD Systems

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Well it seems the world has become a more interesting place of late with all the hype about the Corona Virus aka Corvid-19 pandemic.  I wanted to write a small blog series about what has been happening both locally and abroad, about the mindset of the general population and how it affects those around them

I am going to touch on the mindset first and hopefully lay a few things out that may help in this situation and others that may arise in the future both near and far and build off of that for my next couple of posts, I hope you will stay with me as I delve into the mini series.

Mindset – What is it and how to we change it for the better?

What is it?…   It is a way of thinking, a mental inclination or disposition, or a frame of mind.

Your mindset is your collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits.  And your thought habits affect how you think, what you feel, and what you do.  Your mind-set impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of you.

Your mindset is a big deal.

We are going to touch on Attitude a little bit here because it is related to mindset, it also helps to understand attitude and beliefs.

Attitude and Mindset

Here’s what the Oxford Dictionary has to say about attitude:

“An attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”

According to Psychologists:

“Psychologists define attitudes as a learned tendency to evaluate things in a certain way. This can include evaluations of people, issues, objects or events. Such evaluations are often positive or negative, but they can also be uncertain at times. For example, you might have mixed feelings about a particular person or issue.”

Researchers believe 3 components make up an attitude:

  1. An Emotional Component: How the object, person, issue or event makes you feel.
  2. A Cognitive Component: Your thoughts and beliefs about the subject.
  3. A Behavioral Component: How the attitude influences your behavior.

Your attitude is how you feel about something.  Your mindset shapes your attitude, and your attitude reinforces your mindset.

Beliefs and Mindset

According to Tony Robbins, a belief is simply a feeling of certainty about something.  For example, if you believe that you’re intelligent, all you’re really saying is, “I feel certain that I’m intelligent.”

The basic building blocks of beliefs are ideas.   Beliefs are like a tabletop.  As you build references and experiences, you add legs to your tabletop.  When your idea feels certain, it becomes a belief.

That’s why it’s so important to know what your beliefs are based on.

Your beliefs shape your attitude.

Your attitude also shapes your beliefs.

You beliefs shape your mindset.

So after learning about our attitude and how it manifests as our Mindset we then need to take a look at our Attitude and mindset when unforeseen issues arise like the current Corvid-19 outbreak.  The general attitude and mindset of 50% of the mass public has been widespread panic and the other 50% has been blase’*

Some things to try and do that might help change our mindset and attitude in crisis situations

  1. Stay Calm (I know it’s cliche’ but it is the fundamental rule for all situations)
  2. Don’t follow the masses, they are usually led by uninformed people who are panicking themselves
  3. Follow basic sanitary practices (no matter the crisis, in fact this should be up there with #1)
  4. Restraint, don’t go buying 10 years of toilet paper! (refer rule #1)
  5. Don’t always believe the Media, the media is not what it used to be, they are there to promote an agenda and that agenda may not be in our best interest.
  6. Consult your local Health Facility, talk to your GP and get the REAL facts before making any rash judgements

 

So remember in the end if we all keep calm with a clear mindset and do not give into panic and the mass hysteria that comes with these emerging crisis’s our lives will be the better for it

 

NEXT….. Motivation, the real struggle through these dark times!

 

*Very rough figures not backed up by any research

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