How to Rewire your Mindset [Jarrod Haning’s Nobel-Nominated Process]
Episode #194 the Wingnut Social Podcast
What is mindset? Mindset is different from attitude, personality, and positive thinking. In Jarrod Haning’s world, mindset is a strategy. Mindset is a specific way of thinking that generates a specific result. If you can access different levels of your brain on-demand, it shifts levels of resourcefulness and innovation when it comes to solving problems. You think at a higher level and come up with more effective solutions.
So how can you leverage your mindset to access different parts of your brain? How do you change the results you’re seeing in your every-day life? Jarrod is a performance coach that specializes in a Nobel-nominated process that allows you to access different parts of your brain on-demand.
Jarrod is an award-winning speaker who’s been featured on ABC Nightline, spoken on stages all across the country, and has clients around the world. He’s also delivered 4 TEDx talks related to Mindset Performance. To get a glimpse into his process, listen to this episode of the Wingnut Social podcast!
What You’ll Hear On This Episode of Wingnut Social
- [1:02] A tribute to MacDuff
- [4:12] TikTok Teams Up With Shopify
- [6:40] All about Jarrod Haning
- [8:31] Why Jarrod’s an expert about Mindset
- [12:04] Why Jarrod hates “work smarter—not harder”
- [25:20] Mind Pushups: an exercise to rewire your mind
- [35:00] How is it different than looking outside of the box
- [35:53] Why to-do lists are the enemy.
- [41:09] The What up Wingnut! Round
- [44:38] How to connect with Jarrod
- [51:51] Blooper Reel!
Connect with Jarrod Haning
- The Mindset Performance Website
- The Mindset Performance Podcast
- Connect on LinkedIn
- Follow on Twitter
Resources & People Mentioned
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Why Jarrod hates “work smarter—not harder”
Jarrod believes “work smarter—not harder” is deceptively dangerous and misleading advice. It’s like praising your kids for being smart or getting good grades. That is kneecapping your own children. Why? Being smart is something that you have no control over. It’s why kids who are praised for being smart grow up to be quitters. Why? Because the first time they try something that doesn’t come naturally, they give up. It’s why you should say, “I’m proud of you, I can tell you worked really hard.” Because you can always work harder at something.
There are almost always 3 reasons that you’re stuck in the situation you are (that work smarter not harder is NOT the answer to):
- You don’t have enough time.
- You don’t have enough money.
- You don’t have the support you need.
You’re doing everything you know to do. Working harder wouldn’t make a difference or it would have by now. It’s likely that everything you’re doing is logical, rational, well thought out, etc. So working smarter won’t make a difference—or it would have by now. A breakthrough in your situation will not make sense to you. Because you’ve done everything that does make sense. You have to get out of your head.
If something isn’t working, Jarrod notes that your gut reaction is to do more of it faster. But if you’re driving and get lost, driving faster doesn’t get you back on track. You have to stop and look at a map. Rather than run faster in a corn maze to get to the end faster, stand on a ladder, and look at the maze. In a split second, you have an “aha moment” and everything clicks. You need to change your altitude of perspective.
In the work that Jarrod does, they map out your thinking patterns. Once they do that, it will get you out of your head and unto the paper. You can see your blind spots. A blind spot makes sense on the surface, but the fact that it makes sense is why you keep running into obstacles. Jarrod walks through his powerful mind pushups method that can rewire the way you think. To walk through the exercise with him, listen to the whole episode.
Why to-do lists are the enemy
Why does Jarrod hate to-do lists? He believes that checking things off of your to-do list actually lowers your income. A to-do list builds on the belief that getting things done is what matters. It’s the belief that more action leads to more results and more success. But coal miners work hard and all they get in the end is emphysema!
Working hard causes the brain to look for more work to do. It’s why you can make a to-do list in the morning and by afternoon it’s just as long. The brain gets a hit of dopamine and takes pleasure in getting things done—when your brain is wired that way.
Here’s why Jarrod believes it doesn’t work: doing something doesn’t address the reason it needs to be done to start with. Returning emails today doesn’t prevent you from returning emails tomorrow. The dopamine hit you get from crossing something off your list is the distraction that keeps you stuck. On the surface it makes sense. The problem is that it doesn’t move the ball forward in a meaningful way.
What should you do instead? Jarrod emphasizes “Instead of looking for more things to do, cause more things to be done. Consequently, when you are working you’re working on things that scale and produce free time as a byproduct.” It’s a totally different way of thinking. He shares a simple yet practical way to demonstrate his point in this episode. To learn more about Jarrod’s mind-boggling strategies, listen to the whole episode!
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