The Asset Mindset is officially available today at Amazon in paperback and ebook format, just in time for everyone to pick up a copy for Thanksgiving. Speaking of which, if this long weekend seems like it’s going to be even longer (for whatever reason), the Asset Mindset may be just what you need!
What is an Asset Mindset?
The U.S. Army trains its Special Forces to constantly evaluate the situations around them. But not because we have to know all things at all times–that’s impossible for anyone, let alone anyone in a high stakes, high pressure situation.
The point of an Asset Mindset is to be aware enough to choose and know enough to chart your course in any given situation. It is this–our ability to choose–that is the most undervalued and untapped asset that we all have.
The not-magic bullet
I can probably count on one hand the number of times in my life when everything has gone absolutely and perfectly according to plan. And, to be honest, the credit probably goes to luck and God rather than any real genius of my own.
But for the other 99.9995% of the time in life when something goes wrong or pops up unexpectedly, there’s the Asset Mindset.
The Asset Mindset is not a ‘trick’ or slick shortcut around difficulties. It’s a habit, a gym routine for our minds…and just like any workout, there will be days we do better and days we do worse. The point is that with commitment and hard work, and occasionally ’embracing the suck,’ we gain the ability to stay present and stay calm. Making active choices about how we handle adverse situations–and good situations, too!–becomes second nature.
You are your greatest asset!
Yeah, yeah, tell me another one, Dan. I hear you. But try a little experiment this holiday weekend. When the family Zoom Thanksgiving can’t get going because of technical difficulties, or that one cousin starts going off about politics, or every sneeze has you freaking out, or maybe you just can’t stand one more day of the same people and same faces…
Stop. Take a breath. Catalogue your feelings and reactions. Are you choosing to deal with the situation in a way that is the kindest/most patient/healthiest way for yourself and others? Will a different choice on your part resolve the issue or help you find the solution?
Congratulations, grasshopper! You just earned your white belt in the Asset Mindset. Now, go wax your car reward yourself after with a copy of The Asset Mindset!