The Influence of Previous Programming

Whether you realize it or not, your brain has been programmed throughout your life, and much of the programming was set in your early childhood by the people closest to you. These people, usually parents, had a great deal of influence in how you respond to the world around you. They embedded their fears and beliefs into you and because of this, the meaning you prescribe to what you encounter is shaded by the meaning they gave to those things. For instance, a simple example would be, if you were told that being out in the dark is dangerous, then you will likely grow up to be afraid of the dark and expect bad things to happen in dark places. This previous programming is powerful, and you must acknowledge its existence in order to make a shift from a poor to a rich mindset.

Habits of a Poor Mindset

Poor mindset revolves around reacting to the things that happen around you, and allows you to become a victim and live in victimhood. Instead of your being in control, everything happens because of someone or some event–it centers on the blame of others. You didn’t get the promotion because “they” didn’t see your potential– “they” don’t know what they are missing. Everything is always about how you are somehow a victim of circumstances or it’s because other people are being idiots.

This poor mindset becomes a vicious cycle, because no matter what happens that you find as negative, you will find reasons that justify your poor mindset.  You will find a way to prove to yourself that what you are already thinking is true–even if it is completely wrong. Isn’t that ridiculous? You mind goes into overdrive to defend your thought process–even if what you’re thinking is completely idiotic. It takes awareness to overcome this type of poor mindset, and it must be defeated!

Elements of a Rich Mindset

On the other hand, when you have a rich mindset, you view the world around you and your circumstances as something that you have influence over. When something negative happens in your life, you ask yourself what you can do to fix it. You stop focusing on why it happened and you begin to focus on how you can change things. You have faith and an expectation that a higher-power is for you and desires to deliver abundance into your life. You stop listening to the negative programming from the past and the current programming from a 24/7 news cycle that bombards you with all of the things that are terrible happening around you. This takes recognition of the thoughts in your head and the messages you have speaking into your life. Establishing a rich mindset requires a constant check on what you are thinking and how you are choosing to respond to the things that happen around you.

How Do You Change Your Mindset?

So, how do you shift your mindset from poor to rich? It takes an awareness and honest assessment of your previous and current programming. One way to think about it is to imagine that you have a USB port inserted into your mind, and it has been running your whole life, influencing your thoughts and reactions to the world around you. In order to change your mindset, you have to upload a new drive into your mind to override the old programing with a completely new code. This is the only way to get out of a reactionary mindset that places you in a victim role and quiet the assumption that the world is out to get you–because that is not true! When you stop and understand that it is you–your mindset–that is keeping you from achieving your goals, it is time to make the shift. Your old programming is not worth your future success, so you owe it to yourself to shift it to a positive, rich mindset.

At the Growth Architect, we want to help you break through your past programming that is keeping you defeated and in the role of a victim, and we want to provide you with the strategies and tools to shift you into a rich mindset. That’s what we do! If you enjoyed this article, watch my video Change Your Mindset,Change Your Life.–let’s grow!


Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement, and corporate growth.

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