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Observe: Mind (Un) Set

There is a lot of talk about Mindset in business media. Using changes in Mindset to focus your energy in specific ways, to optimize your success/impact, etc. Here’s the thing, I believe that intention becomes impulse, impulse becomes action. It is at the core of my process but, I don’t think Mindset is the answer.

Mindset: an established set of attitudes or beliefs that someone holds.

I think that Mindset is the issue, not the solution. We all have attitudes and beliefs to which we adhere, often even when they are no longer serving us. It is very difficult to move into a new Mindset while the old one still holds sway. This is homeostasis and our physiology thrives on it. We must disrupt the system in order to move beyond it but we cannot disrupt it until we see it.

Today’s assignment is one of the most crucial in speaking with intention and clarity. Observe your Mindset as you speak.

Are you thoughtful and deliberate? Is there an entire conversation happening inside your head while you speak to others? Are you in the moment or distracted? Are you being heard and understood? Do you feel like you are speaking well? Are you achieving your goals? Answer these questions and any others that come up without judgment. Try instead to observe from a place of curiosity.

You will start to notice strengths and weaknesses. You will even start to notice where what you say, and how you say it are not congruent with where you want to be. Once you see it, then you can disrupt it. Disruption allows the evolution of a new way of thinking. A new way of thinking that will serve you best if it is pliable, not “set.”

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Gina Razón is the Founder and CEO at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service verbal communication studio in Boston’s Back Bay.  She has over two decades of experience as a teacher of voice and speech, is a communication and change facilitator, and is a voraciously curious voice user.  Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker.  For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit

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