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Why Mindset is Important?
Mindset Defined

The established set of attitudes, values and belief held by an individual. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of external situations. Example: an individual can have a self-actualized mindset (growth orientated), an avoidance mindset (passive / defensive orientation) or an oppositional mindset (aggressive / defensive). The ineffective “mindsets” are most often due to triggers from external stimuli and the are much more motivated unconsciously by defensive thinking styles. We all very much enjoy the constructive mindset when we socially engage with others and we find the passive for aggressive mindset’s much more frustrating and stressful for self and / or others. For a more extensive definition of the twelve (12) mindsets in the LSI (life style inventory) © click here: 

© The LSI Mindset Assessment used here is a Human Synergistics Registered Trademark.

State of Mind Defined

Mental health, however, is a state of well-being, and we all have it. Just like we each have a state of physical health, we also each have our mental health to look after.  It’s not just about surviving, it’s about thriving. It’s enjoying life, having a sense of purpose, and being able to manage life’s highs and lows.

What good mental health looks like:

Good mental health might look different from one person to another. But there are six common factors of well-being that we see across different descriptions and definitions from across Canada and around the world. Good mental health includes:

  1. A sense of purpose

  2. Strong relationships

  3. Feeling connected to others

  4. Having a good sense of self

  5. Coping with stress

  6. Enjoying life


We’re all in it together.

Mental Illness Defined (CMHA)

Mental illnesses are described as disturbances in thoughts, feelings, and perceptions that are severe enough to affect day-to-day functioning. Some examples are anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. 

One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. But five in five of us have mental health.

Mental Health Defined (CMHA)

Your state of mind is your emotional mood or mental state at a particular time due in part of in whole  or in-part to the situation you find yourself in. Example: needing to speak to a group “you get a temporary set of the gitters” or you are ready “sad and depressed” because you dog passed away. People generally understand and are patient with a persons ‘state of mind’ especially when they understand the circumstances of what put you in that state.

Mindset is much more deeply engrained and managed consciously and in-part unconsciously by the amygdala and body.

Since 1992, we have had the privilege to connect with individuals to process over 12,000 mindset assessments with people from all walks of life. A few of the key patterns we have found are as follows:


  • influences from earlier stages of development / life create the foundations for ones mindset.

  • that approximately 97% of our clients have some aspect of their mindset they were motivated to work on.

  • people unconsciously mobilize aggressive defensive or passive defensive behaviours when they do not feel safe.

  • everyone has their own very personalized trigger points.

  • coping mechanisms from childhood were very important to have in place however once in the adult stage of life most of these   approaches cause more self-defeating impacts than they provide support.

  • an unworked on mindset (trauma, negative life experiences or not taking personal responsibility) with one long defensive extension or too many ineffective thinkings styles (aggressive or passive) will always cause self-defeating impacts, personal crisis, high levels of stress, addictions and sign and symptoms of ill-health (due to mind / body connections)

  • working on understanding your story, being attentive to what your body is telling you, acting with self-compassion will help you find better path forward. Change is possible. 

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