What started off as a relaxing ride with cool night air in my face led to an hours-long trek through unfamiliar cities and unfamiliar people. I was, in a word, lost.
I went through the full emotions we experience. I felt my body start to freak out. I felt anxiety. “Where am I? Oh shit, this is a huge bridge that I’ve never seen before. I have no idea where this path leads.”
I was able to work myself through it using Gorilla Mindset techniques.
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When you find yourself in a state or mood of unfamiliarity, adopt a mindset of resourcefulness.
If abundance is the root, resourcefulness is the trunk.
The resourcefulness mindset is a belief you are enough and are able to solve any of life’s problems. You have the resources you need right inside your head, and when you are lacking resources, you know how to obtain them.
One reason I don’t like state and prefer mindset is state is based on a false feeling that is transient. Mindset is for thinkers.
Mindset is a process you apply and troubleshoot as needed. Mindset is based on self-talk, framing, and other techniques.
Your wits and belief in yourself are your greatest resources.
Be resourceful while acquiring resources.
State of unfamiliarity. Our ego goes crazy. Loss of control.
- Money/full wallet,
- Physical fitness / health,
- Martial arts / BJJ training,
- Size (less likely to be attacked),
- Full gas tank,
- Driving skills obtained through drilling,
- A good night’s sleep,
- Good nutrition.
Granted Saigon is no Colombia and no one holds you for ransom, but it was dark and I was a stranger in a strange land.
Drilling/skills acquisition is a key resource:
- Drilling makes you familiar with low-level skills,
- Drilling automates low thinking, given your brain the space it needs for higher-level fuctions.
Example of resourcefulness:
- Money (leave my moto if need be; if it gets stolen, who cares),
- Problem-solving skills (leave moto at McDonald’s, pay a cab to follow him home, etc.).
Resourcefulness makes you valuable:
- Cab driver was paid for his resources / knowledge.
- I pay a lawyer for advice (his mental resources).
Don’t think about or blame anyone for broken processes while in the moment. Conduct an after-action report later.
Update your processes/improve your resources:
- iPhone wouldn’t connect.
- Didn’t have 3G phone with me.
Mindset training is a resource:
- You are able to use self-talk to problem solve.
- You remain in the moment, preventing a freak out.
- You have an abundance mindset and thus believe in yourself.
- You know to avoid anger, as anger makes you less resourceful.
Can you use the resourcefulness mindset to solve a problem you’re facing?
Let us know in the comments!