Attitudes and mindsets must Flow Like Water and Air.

Ron McIntyre
3 min readJun 12, 2024

With over 50+ years of experience in various management roles, I’ve understood that life becomes more rewarding when we allow our minds, attitudes, emotions, and mindsets to flow freely. Often, we perceive a mindset as a destination when, in reality, it’s a set of tools that become most effective when we embrace flexibility and adaptability.

When we allow everything to flow like water and air, we open ourselves to a world of possibilities. We become free and open-minded, enabling us to grow and inspire others to achieve amazing things.

Below are some milestones that I find helpful, especially when the world wants to crush me and my creativity:

Adaptability is key. Like water that takes the shape of any container and air that fills any space, our attitudes and mindsets should be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances. This practical approach helps us navigate challenges and seize opportunities more effectively.

Persistence: Water and air constantly move and flow, never stopping. Similarly, a persistent mindset keeps us moving forward, overcoming obstacles, and continuously striving toward our goals.

Nourishment: Just as water and air are essential for life, a positive and growth-oriented mindset nurtures our mental and emotional well-being, leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Resilience: Water and air can withstand and recover from various pressures and disturbances. A resilient mindset helps us bounce back from setbacks and remain strong in adversity.

Versatility: Water and air can exist in different forms (solid, liquid, gas). Our mindsets should be versatile, allowing us to approach problems from various angles and find creative solutions.

Clarity: Clean water and fresh air are clear and pure. A clear and focused mindset enables us to think more effectively, make better decisions, and maintain a sense of purpose.

Interconnectedness: Water and air connect all living things. A mindset that values interconnectedness fosters empathy, collaboration, and strong relationships, enhancing our social and professional lives.

Sustainability: Sustainable use of water and air resources ensures long-term availability. Similarly, a sustainable mindset promotes balance, self-care, and long-term personal and professional growth.

Flow: Water flows smoothly, and air moves effortlessly. Cultivating a mindset that embraces flow helps us remain calm, reduce stress, and achieve optimal performance and productivity.

Vitality: Water and air are sources of life and energy. A vibrant and positive mindset energizes us, fuels our passions, and drives us to live life to the fullest.

By adopting the mindset of water or air, you are not just embracing adaptability, persistence, freedom, and interconnectedness. You are freeing yourself from rigid patterns, paving the way for personal growth, creativity, and a more fulfilling life. This shift in mindset can transform your life, empowering you to live life to the fullest. It will also allow you to empower others through teaching and being a positive example.



Ron McIntyre

Ron McIntyre is a Leadership Anthropologist, Author, and Consultant, who, in semi-retirement, is looking to help people who really want to make a difference.