Your level of success in life depends on your mindset. Having a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset sets you up for a successful life. Now we are going to look into how YOU can develop this growth mindset.
Before we see that, let me introduce you to Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University and this whole concept of growth mindset and the fixed mindset was her work. And she has a book on the same topic : mindset, The New Psychology of Success, and if you want to learn more about this, check out the book.
In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents are just fixed rates. They have a certain amount and that’s that. And then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look down.-Carol Dweck
This is how Carol Dweck defines fixed mindset in her book. Now, in simple terms, fixed Mindset is believing that your abilities or skills or intelligence are all something that you’re born with and that it can be scaled up. You have to accept and live with what you have.
In a nutshell, a fixed mindset is limiting, it’s a limiting belief.
In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.-Carol Dweck
People with a growth mindset know that they can develop skills and talent with good effort, consistency, and persistence. And they take up challenges and they are not afraid of making mistakes or failures and see the failures as an opportunity to learn something from it.
A growth mindset is a freeing belief. Its not limiting but inspiring.
How can you effectively shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset ?
How can we shift from a fixed mindset or growth mindset now? Is it even possible to do that? Yes, It is quite possible.
First, mindsets are just beliefs, they are powerful beliefs that we have in our minds and we have the choice to change that beliefs.
Basically, the saying of change your mind, change your life. That’s the same concept here.
- Acknowledge your weakness – Now, you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and if you don’t exactly have an idea of what it is, you need to be more self-aware of it and find it. But you might have at least a little bit of idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are. And you need to learn how to how to acknowledge them, to be OK with them also come to love them. Use it to your advantage.
- Embrace challenges as an opportunities – Now, in life, we always have challenges or a thing that we want to do right? We are faced with challenges, a small one, a big challenge or anything like that. We need to take these challenges as an opportunity to grow. Don’t shy away from making mistakes now, when you take a new challenge or learn a new skill, you are bound to make mistakes. You might even not do something the way that you want to do it.
- Don’t Shy away from Making Mistakes – Mistakes are just a stepping stone to success, right, and you need to learn from these mistakes, your failures, and review them, analyze them, just find out what went wrong in it, and try to not make it again. Take note of these mistakes as your life lessons.
- Focus on the journey rather than the end result – When you focus on the end result, you won’t enjoy or even be aware of what you’re doing exactly in the journey. I mean, the end result is satisfying and yes, it matters, but the journey of getting there is what matters the most. Because in your journey, you will learn so many new things about yourself that are invaluable.
Thanks for reading. Hope you gained some knowledge from this. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.