January 31st, 2011 | Specific | 0 Comments
All of us come to experiential learning or behavioural change with baggage. It might be prior effort, previous ‘failure’ or past experiences. Unlike real baggage, which can be a useful way to confine clothes to a finite and manageable space, the other sort of baggage can be a hindrance. But not necessarily in the way that most people think it’s a hindrance.
In popular culture, ‘baggage’ often refers to emotional issues, whereby the past continues to affect the present because of a failure to resolve it and move on. And these can be important, serious effects. However, while the consequences may be far-reaching, the ‘baggage’ can usually be traced to specific events or circumstances. What about ‘baggage’ that is more general and more amorphous – the ‘baggage’ that has been built up through countless small experiences, ‘baggage’ that you weren’t aware was being built?
And hence the question, “Is your mind set?” For this type of ‘baggage’ produces a mindset that has the potential to influence your approach to learning and change. By filtering out alternatives, by restricting choices and by constraining understanding, mindsets distort experience and experiences. It’s the everyday, as you see it, and not necessarily the everyday that is or the everyday that could be:
Of course, the effects of mindsets are not as blatant as the video suggests and it may be that their subtlety masks their existence. If you follow instructions or accept advice to alter your behaviour in certain ways, it is possible to overcome mindsets temporarily. But putting your ‘baggage’ down for a while comes at a cost. Overriding mindsets can be overwhelming, leading to subsequent loss of self control.
Don’t leave your ‘baggage’ circulating on the carousel while you attempt something, only to pick it up later. This achieves little in a direct sense and the pervading effect and affect of the ‘baggage’ remains a significant, indirect influence.
‘Baggage’ is something that has to be actively managed and resolved, it has to be unpacked and then re-packed in a different way.
Is your mind set on lugging around your ‘baggage’? Or can you set your mind to revise and replace your ‘baggage’? It’s the everyday that produces the ‘baggage’; therefore, your ‘baggage’ removal efforts must be applied every day.