Changing your mindset takes time. You simply cannot change your attitude, your beliefs, and your habits overnight. (At least, in my own experience, you can’t. Although some authors say you can. Especially those who understand neurolinguistic programming. But, you get my point.)
Building a culture takes time, whether at the office or as a nation. As someone who drives, how many times have I almost hit someone because that person didn’t use the overpass? Overpasses and pedestrian lanes are there for a reason. So are rules, laws, and ordinances. But, a change in culture doesn’t happen overnight.
As much as I’d like to say that I’m an optimist, I see the glass half-empty much more often than I see it half-full. While I have improved (a lot), changing my outlook completely takes time.
As a pessimist, I see humanity in a race to the bottom. In our country alone, our morality has degraded to the point where our children are exposed to sex and violence at a very young age. And the media do not even seem to mind. In fact, they’re using more and more “subtle” sex to sell their programs. I remember almost twenty years ago, kissing scenes were not even allowed on primetime television. Today, there are scenes that suggest sex even on afternoon programs. And I haven’t even touched the matters of poverty, politics, and the environment. But, that’s enough ranting… for now.
My point is that we didn’t get here overnight. It took one poor decision, until it became a habit, until it became a culture of settling for less.
If we truly want to change our mindset, and even our culture, we should have a vision of where we want to go and what we want to become. In the interim, we should make the right choices and the right decisions — the ones that will lead us to our vision — one day at a time. It helps to be conscious of every decision we make in every moment. Let’s catch ourselves making decisions, not only unconsciously following the whims of our lizard brain.
Ultimately, by changing our mindset and our culture, we also change the way we act, as individuals, as a nation.
Thank you for reading this post. I write to help people change their mindset. And I write every day because I know that changing our mindset takes time. That’s why I thank you, the reader, every day because of your commitment to change your mindset, and hopefully, our culture. We’re in this for the long haul. Until we change our country. Until we change the world. Or until we die trying.