How Come Mindset Matters With Everything You Choose To Do?

Mindset gives choices direction and intent. But not choosing is also a choice.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
6 min readNov 15, 2023

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Mindset matters in everything we choose to do
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Do you vote? Or are you one of those people who believes that your vote doesn’t count, so why bother?

Voting or not voting is a choice. Choose to vote — even when your choices are between different stripes of asshole — and you are doing the minimal action available to you to impact the world at large. Choose not to vote, and you’re choosing to let shit happen to you. That might be the result of the given outcome anyhow, but participation empowers you while non-participation doesn’t.

Voters versus nonvoters is an excellent, practical example of mindset. Generally, voters choose to participate to be part of the process and non-voters choose to not be part of the process. Even simpler, voters do while nonvoters don’t. Do or don’t are extremely simple mindsets.

When it comes to choices you do or don’t make, your mindset will set up your outcome, at least to a degree. It’s imperfect, but that’s the nature of the Universe. When you go into a situation expecting a negative outcome, you’re very likely to get it.

Shouldn’t that mean if you go into a situation expecting a positive outcome, you’re very likely to get it? Yes, but not exactly. That’s due to the unpredictable nature of the Universe.

Let’s take a closer look at how this works.

Mindset and competition

I’ve been participating in medieval fencing for over 30 years. With all that work I’ve put into it, I don’t suck at it. However, neither am I the best. Among my peers, I would modestly say I’m on the cusp between the high-level and mid-level fencers.

While a huge part of rapier combat is a matter of movement, timing, and distance against your opponent, an equally huge part is your mindset.

If you enter the fight convinced that you’re going to lose, odds are that you will.

However, if you enter the fight convinced that you’re going to win, the odds are more in your favor.

Mindset matters. I’ve entered a fight convinced I’d lose and lost. More than once…

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Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com