What if we practice kindsight, rather than hindsight?

I love finding new words that express deeper concepts. Today that word is kindsight.

Most of us have been in the headspace where we dwell on the past. Where we beat ourselves up for mistakes or missteps. My usual question is, how does that serve us? How does that help us move forward? To grow?

Like limiting beliefs, we focus on the negative elements of the experience(s) rather than the gifts they brought. To achieve a growth mindset we must rewire our brain to appreciate the lessons learned and focus on the good that came out of those so-called mistakes.

According to Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D., in his book What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, “…Our internal dialogue starts early. By adulthood, as much as 75% of our programming can be negative…” With that kind of conditioning, no wonder negative thoughts are like Velcro, while our positive ones are like Teflon.

My question today is, what if we practice kindsight (looking forward), rather than hindsight (looking back)? What if we seek the lessons, the positive, and lean into an appreciation of our past missteps as an integral part of our journey and growth? How would that reframe help us on our path?

I would love to hear your thoughts or comments. Have you (re)discovered any words that help you shift your mindset or perspective?

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