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Guest Commentary: Time To Reset Our Mindset

“Many of us limit ourselves by our thoughts and who we think we are, rather than what we can become. A positive mindset is learning how to react to circumstances, regardless of whether they are good or bad,” writes Dr. John Passante in his latest guest commentary.


John Passante is a broad-based senior executive with over 30 years of extensive organizational development and senior human resource experience with progressive corporations involved in multiple locations, both domestic and international.

As we (hopefully) move into the warmer months of the year, many of us take the time to change our oil and get our cars tuned up. This also is the perfect time to tune up our mindset. A positive mindset is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. 

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Have you ever gazed through a dirty window into a gorgeous, sunny garden? If you focus on the dirt, you will miss the exquisite beauty of the garden – this is mindset. Many of us limit ourselves by our thoughts and who we think we are, rather than what we can become. A positive mindset is learning how to react to circumstances, regardless of whether they are good or bad. 

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”

 -Arthur Christopher Benson, English author

Being positive does not mean that everything is perfect, it means that you have decided to look beyond life’s (people- situations) imperfections.

The quality of your mindset determines the quality of your life! It is how we view the world. A growth mindset can be developed through dedication, persistence and hard work. Intelligence and talent are just a start. A positive mindset involves a love for learning and resilience, which opens the door to success in life, it enhances motivation and relationships each day as we are filled with a news of tragedy, strife and human misery. 

We can become pessimistic. Let us take a step back and look at the people we believe in. When we do, we become optimistic. We all work with talented, kind and generous people who can inspire great optimism. 


Maintaining and nurturing a positive mindset requires having an open mind, as opposed to a fixed mindset. It takes energy to live with a negative mindset. Each of us can empower ourselves to adopt a high-energy, positive mindset that inspires us to dream more. Learn more, achieve more and become more.

Leaders with a positive mindset create a compelling vision, set high standards and their glass is always half full. This mindset is the hallmark of achievement and success. A positive mindset leader can, in effect, be a role model. We all need someone to look up to. The people we admire can make or break our mindset.

Goals influence our mindset and builds our self-confidence. Our valued friends are a big part of who we are, they encourage us. Working with an organization that has a positive culture mindset, drives our motivation, creativity and desire to do more. To achieve great things and to grow professionally and as a person. 

A positive mindset sustains success.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandi


An important question, we all have to ask ourselves is: Am I living a life with a positive mindset?


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