To elaborate on mindset paradigms, I will classify the human mindset into three broad categories namely: God, Greek, Barbarian.
A barbarian mindset sees the world like this “I am the oppressor, they are the oppressed”. The barbarian mindset is anchored on “If you fill people with fear, you can control them, to a barbarian mindset force is supreme, power comes by creating fear. A barbarian mindset individual thinks that to get ahead in life you have to oppress more people and win by intimidation. Most of the world before Christ Jesus had a barbarian mindset. Groups like the Taliban, ISIS & Hamas are built on a barbarian mindset!
“If you are controlled by FEAR… if you are always thinking about what bad may happen… If you let your fears limit what you do! that’s a Barbarian Mindset also!”
The ancient Greek gave us a “NEW” mindset. Greeks worshiped MAN. They created their goods in the form of man! Their approach was “We have the power to fix it, we can make the world a UTOPIA if we all work together. The operating principle of the Greek mindset is PRIDE, that pride operates through human reason and intellect. What we understand we can control. To a Greek mindset, human mind and reason are supreme. Power comes through knowledge and it can’t accept what it doesn’t UNDERSTAND. This mindset believes that to get ahead in life all you need is more of the right education and human partnerships. A Greek mindset is much more pleasant to live under than a barbarian mindset. Rome began as barbarian, but changed to Greek! In the dark ages, Europe fell back into a barbarian mindset! the result was a “Feudal System”. The dark ages ended at the renaissance, Europe again embraced Greek mindset! “Western Civilization” is built on Greek Mindset!
God mindset is a biblical mindset. The operating principle of God’s mindset is not FEAR or PRIDE but FAITH. Faith works through Love. It is coming to know the living God and learning to walk by faith in Him. To the God mindset set, power comes from knowing God. This approach seems foolish to the world! Under this mindset, you still get educated and have your human partnerships, but you also learn to walk in God’s Favour to get ahead.
If you think you can get where you want to through your own intellect and human networks alone, then you have a Greek mindset and paradigm. I believe that to be a super achiever, there will be times in days ahead when your mind and networks will not know the way! The only way to move forward will be to “know” by the Great Holy Spirit! The Spirit will lead you if you have developed your five senses to capture His thoughts.