A simple change of mind could help you to become your best self. That might sound simple, but it’s true. People typically have one of two mindsets: Fixed Mindset or Growth Mindset.
Those with a fixed mindset believe that their basic qualities, like their character, intelligence, talent and creativity are traits that are innate, and that success is the proof of those natural gifts. They tend to be obsessed with performance and respond poorly to failure, denying the fact that effort will improve their results. They avoid trying in order to dodge mistakes.
People with a growth mindset believe that their basic abilities can be developed through hard work and lots of effort. They believe that their natural gifts are just a starting point that need to be developed and mastered. When you have a growth mindset, you tend to have a love of learning and a resilience to failure that’s essential for great accomplishments. They engage in challenges in order to increase their abilities and learn from their mistakes.
So which kind of mindset do you have? Be honest.
We manifest these mindsets from a very early age and they’re responsible for a lot of our behaviours, our relationship with success and failure both professionally and personally, and ultimately our capacity to be happy.
Carol Dweck literally wrote the book on this, and she says “my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”
But if your mindset is fixed, how do you change it?
Listen to Your Mindset
Learn to hear what you’re telling yourself. Are you excited by a challenge, or do you shy away from it? Does failure make you feel terrible, or are you spurred on to learn from your mistakes? Do you avoid trying new things in case you’re not good at them? Learn to listen for the telltale signs of a fixed mindset.
Recognise Your Ability To Choose
How you interpret and deal with each challenge, setback or critique you experience is your choice. It’s up to you which mindset to use to respond to criticism. Your fixed mindset will interpret it as a sign that your abilities are lacking. If you choose to respond with a growth mindset, you can recognise that you need to change tack and put in more effort to enhance your abilities.
Think Like You Have a Growth Mindset
When you approach a challenge, will you try to shield yourself from the possibility of failure, or will you take a leap and embrace the chance to learn? Keep telling yourself about all the wonderful doors you can open for yourself when you’re not too afraid to look behind them.
Take Growth Mindset Action
With enough practice and repetition, you will learn to listen to your growth mindset as you see how much it’s enhancing your experiences. When you choose to keep plugging away at something even when it’s not giving you any love, you’ll slowly see improvement and discover abilities that would have lain dormant if you didn’t challenge yourself.