Where is Your Mind Set?
Your mind is a powerful thing! The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself can either stop change from happening or allow you to create a life that means something to you on your terms.
Dr. Carol Dweck has identified how your mindset influences your opportunities and outlook on life. Through her research, she has been credited with establishing the important topic of a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset. What do these mean and how do they apply to you?
Let’s explore what you need to know about a Growth -vs- a Fixed Mindset. I want to share with you how you can continue to build upon your growth mindset so as you step into 2019 you can achieve your goals and create a life that means something to you on your terms.
A Fixed Mindset means that who you are and what you can do (your character, intelligence, creative ability) are set in stone. Someone with a Fixed Mindset believes she can either do it or she can’t. She sticks to what she knows and when she’s frustrated she gives up. She believes that her potential is predetermined. In the end, striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.
Dweck’s research declares that a Growth Mindset is founded in the belief that you have the power to change, to improve and grow in your abilities and personalities. A Growth Mindset says that who you are has the ability to change and evolve with new knowledge and experiences to become a better version of yourself.
Someone with a Growth Mindset sees feedback as constructive, likes to try new things, believes she can do anything she wants and is inspired by the success of others. She thrives on challenges and sees failure as a springboard for growth.
The Silver Lining
You are not wired to be one or the other. Your mindset can depend on the different areas of your life. There may be some areas of your life where you are reluctant to step out of your comfort zone and experience some failure while in another area of your life you are all about the challenge and look at failure as an opportunity for growth.
Some tips to encourage a Growth Mindset:
1) Identify the Fixed Mindset
I’ve said it before, AWARENESS is the key. Identify the areas in your life that are holding you back. Where are you not playing full out in your life? They may not immediately reveal themselves. You may have to do a bit of exploring to see where you are resistant to change. Working with a coach can definitely help you identify these areas quicker.
Here’s some truth, I had a fixed mindset around my creativity. For years I thought that I couldn’t draw.
2) Ask for Help
Your supervisor, a friend, or professor can provide you will valuable information to help you grow. Be willing to accept constructive criticism and see it as an opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and grow.
3) Set Goals
Set goals that will challenge you and encourage you to work hard. When you’re working on building up a growth mindset you want to get better at setting goals. Stay tuned for more on goal setting in my 12 Days of Christmas - Goal Setting Series starting December 12th.
4) Be a Lifelong Learner
Feed your curiosity and wonder by being willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone and take a class or doing other things to expand and grow.
Remember I told you I thought I couldn’t draw. I took an intro to drawing workshop. Guess what? I CAN DRAW!!!!
And you can to. You can do anything that you put your mind to. If you fail that’s okay. Failure is an opportunity to grow. As you get ready to step into 2019, think about your mindset. Are you ready to grow?
What areas do you need to shift from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset?
How do you think having a Growth Mindset can help you in pursuing your goals and creating a life that means something to you on your terms?
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