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9 mindsets of daily decision-making, which one is yours?

By Aditya Shukla

Orange Lightning

With the scarcity mindset, you are likely to make decisions based on wanting something that is rare or short in supply. You are also likely to make impulse decisions like buying things in bulk when there is little money, or you are running out of resources.


1. The scarcity mindset

The frontier mindset is one where you want the newest tech, cutting-edge innovative solutions. You are likely to take risks to try things out first, even when there aren't enough reviews.


2. The frontier mindset

The prediction mindset is partly driven by anxiety and need for cognition (the need to prefer structure and seek explanations for uncertainty in life). You'd likely make decisions based on what you predict will happen. The driving force is - "I might need this because this will happen".


3. The prediction mindset

Path dependency is an economic concept in which people do things just because they were done a particular way. This mindset is all about choosing the familiar and comfort-zone options and resisting change. It's driven by feeling secure that you are making choices based on what works and taking no risks. AKA the fixed mindset - change is not valued, you prefer easy.


4. The path-dependency mindset

The safety mindset is about choosing safety and comfort, but is driven by fear and anxiety. You would choose products or make everyday decisions based on the safest, no-risk option available - so familiar restaurants, safest travel options, fixed deposits over stock market, etc. Its about protection, so you'd likely value health, feeling prepared, etc.


5. The safety mindset

The growth mindset is one where you seek improvements in every area of life. All your decisions are about getting something better - your next phone should be better, and your career must go up steadily. You'd value learning from mistakes and acquiring new skills.


6. The growth mindset

The healing mindset is about reacting to your past pains. The focus of your decision is to avoid a pain you've experienced and taking measures to recover from it. So your relationships are defined by avoiding what hurt you and dramatically changing your choices.


7. The healing mindset

The rebel mindset is a simple mindset - it is a reaction to what is popular and the norm. You are likely to choose unpopular or offbeat products, listen to niche music, find odd hobbies, or even be a trendsetter. You are likely to judge popular things as mediocre and find something special and rare.


8. The rebel mindset

An optimizing person wants to improve everything and be efficient. They will choose products that make life easier, choose the best travel routes, multi-task, plan. Their decisions are first aligned with higher efficiency and gaining control over life.


9. The Optimizing mindset