Let Complexity Aid Your Mindset
There's a lot of data out there reinforcing that the world is going up in flames - and there's not much we can do to stop it. But that’s not going to keep environmental and social entrepreneurs from trying.
It’s important for leaders like us to protect our abundance mindset because we're building a world that most people have trouble believing in.
If you are someone who is trying to create harmony with the earth, you have to believe that it's actually possible. If you are creating social equity, you need to believe the best in all of us humans can actually come out, and we can start treating each other the way that we should.
What does it look like in your life and work when you stop believing?
I want to start by breaking down this incredible quote from Gary Klein, Ph.D.:
"Mindsets are beliefs that orient our reactions and tendencies. They let us frame situations, they direct our attention to the most important cues, so we're not overwhelmed with information. They prime us with courses of action."
If you're an environmental entrepreneur, and you're only surrounding yourself with information like "we're losing all the species!" or "12 years left to catastrophic tipping points!", that repetition becomes a belief. And that belief will drive your reactions in meetings, in conversations, in strategy. It will add fuel to the "my work might not matter" monster.
One of the reasons I’m obsessed with soil is because of all that’s going on behind the scenes in the environment with fungi, mycelium networks and microbes. Bacteria and microbes outnumber us hundreds to one. We can partner with microbes in ways that could actually solve many of our problems.
We must resource ourselves so we can lean into mindsets that actually work. The truth is that complexity and nuance reign supreme. We're close to extinguishing ourselves as a species - AND it's the safest time in human history. Black folk are being killed at a disproportionate rate in America - AND black women are the most educated demographic in the country. The "and" means you can always find reasons to believe that miracles are possible, that our species can thrive.
I must actively seek the data that supports the mindset that miracles are possible, and if I don't see them, that's just because I haven't found them yet. The world is complex, and the miracles are in the complexity.
GET IN THE WEEDS
Let’s put this into action:
Look at the cues telling you what you REALLY believe.
When we speak to someone, our physical cues show what we really believe. We can be mindful of our words, but how we're holding our bodies, how we're breathing, our eye contact - these non-verbal cues impact campaigns. These cues impact audiences during speeches and fundraising meetings. Seek the truth of your beliefs through your non-verbal cues, and study how they might be influencing your outcomes.
Reinforce useful beliefs with structure and systems. Visual cues are really important for me in reinforcing wanted mindsets. I just created a Joy and Impact Manifesto that you can access as a free gift for being on my newsletter. I have it as a desktop, I've printed it as a poster, and I look at these words every day to reinforce that it's possible to build harmonious systems with money. That my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health is not optional. I balance metrics with beauty.
Build the seeking of good data into your schedule. If you set aside time to read scary white house climate reports, also set aside time to read about new innovations and beautiful human-interest stories.
WHAT'S IN THE SOIL
How do you protect your abundance mindset?
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(I’ll share answers from the community in next week’s newsletter)