There are a few mindsets you should know to be successful in life. The first is the growth mindset. People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve their skills with practice and that intelligence is something that can be cultivated. They also embrace failure, viewing it as an opportunity to learn. The second mindset is the fixed mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities are fixed and cannot be improved.
A mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or plans that you use to view the world. There are two main types of attitudes: growth and fixed. A growth mindset is a belief that you can always improve and get better at things. A fixed mindset is a belief that your abilities are static and cannot be changed.
The growth mindset is more beneficial because it allows for continuous growth and learning. People with a growth mindset are more likely to challenge themselves and take on new opportunities. They also tend to be more successful in life because they are constantly learning and growing.
The fixed mindset is harmful because it limits your potential. People with a fixed mindset often give up when things get tough because they believe their abilities are static and cannot be changed. This leads to stagnation and prevents them from reaching their full potential.
In the world of personal development, it is known that your thoughts create your reality. When it comes to success in all areas of your life, there is new knowledge. That knowledge is that mindset matters. If you can create a reality based on your thoughts, then you can create a life that is successful in all compartments, from intelligence to creativity, based on your work with your mindset.
Changing Your Mind
When it comes to mindsets, there are two kinds – a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Changing your mind may be viewed as a negative; however, such is not the case. Changing your mind does not mean:
You cannot make up your mind
You are indecisive
You are out of integrity and don’t do what you say you will
You are flighty
You are unintelligent
Changing your mind, if you will, can assist you in creating a new life. You can change your mind in a positive way.
What Does Changing Your Mind Mean?
In the world of intelligence, learning, and academics, it means having a new understanding. That understanding highlights an important psychological factor. When you take on something new, your brain records that this new learning endeavor came about because you have expanded yourself, worked hard, and learned something new. There is now a new connection for your brain to recall, which, over time, can make you smarter.
You have exercised your brain away from the thought that intelligence is static and that it is a growth process. The more you learn, the more you exercise your brain, and the more you grow; therefore, the more you are capable of learning.
In the everyday world, have you ever noticed how one negative thing in your early morning routine (such as losing your car keys or spilling your coffee) has the power to set the tone for the rest of your day? Does your day continue to spiral downward into a damaging cyclone of mishaps and misfortunes the more you focus on that one thing that started your day off poorly?
The next time that happens take a moment to change your mind. It takes a challenge and plenty of practice, but it is worth every minute of effort. Exercise your brain. Just like anything else, practice makes perfect. Take a moment to recognize that you are not the only one to whom things like this happen. Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe have lost their car keys and spilled their coffee. They just don’t let it ruin the rest of their day. Moreover, they don’t let it rule the rest of their day.
Change your mind. Maybe you needed to run late this particular day because you were going to meet your next big client or the love of your life on the train that day. Perhaps you needed to avoid a big accident. Change your mind and change your life.
The same goes for learning new things. With a growth mindset, you can train your brain to view learning new subjects as a positive experience rather than a negative one.
How to Change Your Mind to Change Your Life
Take a Look at Your Points of View
Take some time to evaluate your points of view. Don’t hold back; be completely honest with yourself. Do you have a more negative outlook on life? Do you even get annoyed in the company of others who have a more positive attitude? Are you so set in your ways that you are unwilling to explore, learn, and re-create your life?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these pertinent questions, then there is one more question to ask. Do you wish to take responsibility for using your mindset and do the work to create the most growth you could ever have imagined or hoped for in all areas of your life? Once you have examined your views and thought patterns, and beliefs in total honesty, you are ready to move on to the next step.
Is a challenge simply an excuse to quit?
Is a roadblock a way to host a pity party?
Do you procrastinate to turn away from perfectionism?
When someone else experiences success, do you feel less than?
Do you view a challenge as something fearful?
Are You Willing to be Open to Something New?
What if you could take a good hard look at those questions and re-create them to show up as positives? Are you willing to be open to exploring new possibilities? Transformation is yours if you are ready to do the work and walk the walk. With practice, any new way of becoming a habit. It’s your choice whether you want to have a habit of positive growth or negative decline.
Let’s look at how this could potentially work.
A Challenge is a Form of Growth and not an Excuse to Quit.
When faced with a challenge, it is easy to spend time and energy focusing on the challenge itself. The thoughts you think, such as it is too complicated or why this happens to me (also known as “woe is me” syndrome) can easily distract your energy from the task. What would happen if you viewed your challenge as a way to grow and expand?
What if that new responsibility led to more money, a higher position, or a transfer with a promotion? This is how to view your situation from a growth mindset point of view.
Is a Roadblock a Chance to Host a Pity Party?
If you have a deep subconscious belief that “everything bad” happens to you, then the chances are high that you invite roadblocks into your life. Sometimes it’s easier to host a pity party than to come up with creative and intelligent resources to solve the problem. What would happen if you viewed a roadblock as an opportunity to use your creativity go around it or under it?
In a growth mindset, this is what you would take on – viewing a roadblock as a way to stretch, grow, and improve rather than something to feel sorry for yourself about and an excuse to quit.
Do You Use Procrastination as a Way to Avoid Perfectionism?
Does the thought of not being good enough haunt you, so you procrastinate? What would happen if you were to approach a project or a challenge as an opportunity to expand your horizons or to re-create yourself as a master at the task at hand? A growth mindset will allow you to change your perception, face the task head-on, and take it on with all the vim and vigor you could ever desire.
When Someone Else Experiences Success, Do You Feel Less Than?
If someone else experiences success, you have a choice. Either you can be happy for them and inspired by them, making you want to strive higher, or you can feel resentful or jealous. Many people choose to allow the success of others to make them feel bad about themselves. However, it does not have to be that way.
Individuals with a growth mindset hold the belief that intelligence can be learned and developed, and it is not just for the elite few. It is available to anyone with a desire to improve. The brain is trainable.
Do You View a Challenge as Fearful?
When faced with a challenge, do you become overwhelmed and debilitated by fear or do you grasp on tight and face it head on? Your mindset will determine how you handle a challenge and, ultimately, what the outcome of that challenge will be, as well.
People with a growth mindset know that a challenge is a way of doing things differently, thinking more competent and working harder.
Focus on the Process and not on the Praise
As a parent, are you tempted to praise your child for every big and small success? If you look at a new way of fostering a growth mindset, you will discover that praising the Process is more effective. When your child figures something out and does a job well done, encourage and praise how, when, and where they figured it out rather than the end goal itself. This encourages learning and growing and teaches children how to develop creative and intelligent solutions rather than focusing only on the end goal.
Use Constructive Criticism
Criticism of any kind is thought of in a fixed mindset way, as though it is negative. However, constructive criticism offers a new model and method of teaching by showing what doesn’t work and questioning what will work. Offering constructive criticism, it allows them to figure out how to fix something in a positive light.
Steps to Developing a Growth Mindset
From a fixed mindset point of view, you will want to learn as much as possible to look good. Being intelligent means that you look good, and others will be impressed by your intelligence. However, on the other hand, a growth mindset will curiously and intriguingly inquire, ask questions, and want to learn more.
With a growth mindset, you will want to learn and focus on learning rather than perfecting the grade. A fixed mindset might view the A as the end of learning; the ultimate goal has been reached. A growth mindset has no problem taking on more education in exchange for an excellent grade.
In a fixed mindset, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that you are not actually smart if you have to work hard. A growth mindset will highlight that hard work and effort equate to being the best you can be at something. A growth mindset will re-train your brain to connect to the thought process that hard work and lots of effort will equate to success. The more complex work you do, the more effort you put into something, the more success you’ll attain.
The Ability to Face Setbacks
In a fixed mindset, you might view a setback as an easy way to make an excuse, run the other way, or blame someone or something else. In a growth mindset, you will view a setback as a way to work harder, spend more time studying, or to take on more organized skills and practices. For example, you may not be so inclined to procrastinate and cram if you get a poor grade rather than simply blaming it on not being as smart as everyone else or a good student.
Now that you see a few differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, you will understand that having a growth mindset is an achievable goal. If you want to opt-in for a growth mindset, remember some important tips:
Remember to take on perseverance even in the struggle
Take on tasks that are more difficult so that you can re-train your brain to succeed
Keep your mind set on learning new things and continuing to do so to re-set your brain
Highlight what strategies for learning worked for you
Be honest about what strategies for education did not work for you.
If you are an adult, that’s excellent news. You can take on this advice and these practices and work hard to create a growth mindset. If you are a parent or a teacher, that’s even better. You get the opportunity to help grow and shape a child’s mind.
What would your child’s future look like if you encouraged them to work hard rather than using a label? What if working hard was rewarding and fun, and your child wanted to do more and more throughout their life?
In conclusion, a growth mindset is the key to success in any field. It allows people to learn and grow from their failures, which is essential for personal growth. Furthermore, a growth mindset can help people achieve their goals and dreams. Therefore, developing a growth mindset and using it to its fullest potential is essential.