The two things that affect our attention are filtering and dopamine. The cocktail effect refers to the ability to focus one’s attention on a particular stimulus while filtering out a range of other stimuli. We make around 35,000 decisions a day most of which are automatic and automatic decisions are subconscious and subject to bias.
Fixed and Growth mindsets are the foundation of your quick thinking. A fixed mindset will trick you into thinking that you need a quick fix or an ejector seat when you are faced with a problem. This mindset is deeply unhelpful, it’s pessimistic. A growth mindset is all about opportunity, it’s about framing those thoughts into something helpful. A growth mindset is more than looking on the bright side, or smiling through a grimace, it’s about grit and compassion. Fixed mindsets are subject to bias, and they thrive on labels and categories. Growth mindsets are more agile, they don’t really care about labels in the same way. Your leadership mindset can come in and help when you find you have a fixed mindset.