Using the latest research in brain science and cognitive psychology, Michael Hyatt’s new book shows the power of perspective.
Our lives are an intricate web of stories, and these stories shape how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.
Using the latest research in brain science and cognitive psychology, Michael Hyatt’s new book “Mind Your Mindset” shows how success begins with our thinking.
And how our mind is placing limits on our success — and how to remove them.
Hyatt is an American bestselling author, podcaster, blogger, speaker, and CEO and founder of Michael Hyatt & Company.
“One of the best parts about being human is that we don’t have to stay stuck in a story that makes us play small,” the serial entrepreneur shares.
So let’s dive in and explore these ideas together.
Who knows, maybe Michael Hyatt's 4-step strategy will help you see things in a new light!
Step 1 — Spotting the Story
So, the first step is figuring out the stories we’ve got going on in our heads.
You know, like that little voice that’s always chattering away?
Sometimes it can be pretty sneaky, so we’ve got to pay attention and really listen to what it’s saying.
A cool trick is to write down those thoughts running through your head. It might help you notice things you’ve never realized before.
Step 2 — Questioning the Story
Once we know what our stories are, it’s time to put on our detective hats and start asking questions.
Like, is everything in our story actually true?
Or maybe we’re just seeing things from a certain angle that isn’t the whole picture.
In fact, neuroscience research has shown that about 20% of our memories are false. Even crazier, up to 70% are distorted in some way.
Hyatt shared his own story about growing up with an alcoholic dad and how he felt angry and resentful.
But after he spoke to his father and looked closer at the facts, he realized his story was only part of the truth, and it was affecting his emotions and actions in business and in life in a negative way.
At this point, Michael had become a workaholic because of his narrative.
So, Hyatt recommends asking ourselves questions like:
- What are the real facts of our story?
- Are some parts of our story not quite accurate?
- Can we look at things from a different angle?
Step 3 — Imagining a Cooler, More Uplifting Story
Now, here’s where the fun begins!
We get to use our amazing imagination to create a better, more empowering version of our story.
We’re not making stuff up, but rather reevaluating what we’ve got and see if there’s a different way to think about things.
When talking to his dad, Hyatt discovered that his dad’s actions were actually shaped by his own traumas and challenges.
He had fought in the Korean War. He was injured and disabled.
“Well, I was hit with shrapnel on the battlefield. I felt something wet on the side of my face. I passed out,” Hyatt’s dad shared, “I didn’t wake up for six months.”
Finally, when he came out of his coma, he came home. This was long before there was any consideration for people that were handicapped.
So Hyatt’s dad kept trying to get a job but couldn’t find one. He tried all kinds of things to put food on the table for his family. Michael Hyatt’s dad became a solopreneur and worked really hard to stay afloat.
With that in mind, Michael Hyatt was finally able to see his dad in a new light and appreciate what he had done for his family, and what he learned from him.
He managed to come up with a more empowering story. This opened up a whole world of possibilities and he could finally break free from those limiting beliefs that have been holding him back.
He realized that the example of his father has been a negative example, but pieces of it have been super positive.
It has made Michael Hyatt who he is today, in many ways.
Step 4 — Taking Action
Alright, so we’ve got our new story. Now what?
Well, it’s time to take some fresh, exciting actions!
If we keep doing the same things, we’ll keep getting the same results.
But once we’ve changed our thinking and our story, we can start taking new actions that’ll lead us to success.
Based on the latest research in brain science and cognitive psychology, this 4 step process is how we can rewire our brains.
I know firsthand how limiting negative beliefs can be.
It is all about how the stories we tell ourselves shape our lives and how changing those stories can make a huge difference.
I found the whole idea of identifying, questioning and reimagining our stories to be really powerful.
By paying attention to that little voice inside our heads and questioning what it’s telling us, we can create more empowering stories that lead to positive actions and outcomes.
Who knows what we could achieve with a little shift in our thinking?
The sky’s the limit!