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Fixed mindset or growth mindset?

Updated: Sep 7, 2019

Do you currently have more of a fixed mindset or a growth mindset ?

Till recently I was functioning in many ways on a fixed mindset.

Fixed mindset:

  • Your qualities, talents and creative abilities are fixed traits and can’t change

  • Your success is measured by your abilities

  • You avoid trying new things because of fear of failure

I was ‘happy’ with the status quo and whilst I may have had creative ideas from time to time, I looked for all the problems & stuck with what came easily.

Recently I changed this mindset to a growth mindset.

Growth mindset:

  • Your knowledge and skills can grow with time and experience

  • You look for new opportunities

  • You put in extra time, leading to greater achievements

  • You consistently put in effort, forming good habits

  • Your effort directly impacts on your success

  • You thrive on challenges and see failures as a springboard for growth!

These terms and ideas were coined and developed by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Adopting a growth mindset has involved me literally stepping out of my comfort zone in so many ways, to try new things and grow my knowledge and skill set.

It definitely felt uncomfortable at first (and still does at times), but I keep pushing myself.

The results are mind blowing:

  • I feel inspired constantly.

  • I am excited to wake up and work on set projects.

  • I get feedback from unexpected places, which shows the far reaching possibilities and ability to positively impact on others' lives. This further inspires me to keep going.

  • Setbacks encourage me to find new methods and keep growing

  • I feel more confident as a person.

  • Even when I have dips or less engagement than expected, I keep at it consistently, which leads to more ups and growth.

  • I see growth in other areas of my life too (we are holistic beings so growth never happens in isolation).

What is an idea you have but are too scared to try?

What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain?

If it’s your pride you’re worried about, you’d be surprised that people are actually too busy focussing on their own lives, to give much thought to analysing yours.

If anything, you’d be surprised at how inspired others will be by watching you have a go.

And of course, the benefits for you are exponential!

I dare you, just have a go!

#fixedmindset #growthmindset #improve #growth #challenges

For more on the differences between 'fixed mindsets' & 'growth mindsets' watch this fantastic, short video.

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