Having a growth mindset is a belief that whether you succeed or fail in any situation, there is great learning and opportunities that will come from each situation.
A fixed mindset believes that your born with a fixed level of intelligence, opportunity and growth. This belief prevents you from obtaining success and in most cases happiness.
Individuals with a fixed mindset will give up easily and are threatened by others success. They believe failure is their limit to their abilities, so they never amount past their limitations.
Both beliefs are very real and need to be handled differently.
Developing a growth mindset has so many benefits, including a greater ability with taking on personal risks and striving to achieve your ultimate vision. It enhances your motivation, lowers stress, anxiety and depression. It helps you to create better work relationships and higher overall performance.
Now let’s talk about the golden question. How can we change our fixed mindset beliefs?
1. Try different learning tactics
Everybody learns differently, some are better with visuals like pictures and videos, some are better when reading and some are better when they have a teacher. Reach out to someone that can help mentor you on your growth journey. Each one can help you move forward in developing a growth mindset.
2. Celebrate growth
Celebrating growth reinforces learning of what works well and why. This prepares you to be more inspired to replicate your actions and your goals. On the plus side it feels good and your body releases dopamine when we achieve growth or success. This helps motivate us in our path to our successes.
3. Consume the right content
Good mental health is a cornerstone to succeed in developing a growth mindset. Consuming positive and motivating content helps keep you away from the negative thoughts and negative self-talk that is so corruptive to your progress.
4. Take ownership of your wins and losses
One of the best ways to build confidence is to own the situation. Confidence is one of the best qualities to work on when developing a growth mindset. Also, playing the “victim” is one of the easiest ways to falling back into the fixed mindset, so be sure to own the wins and losses and stay away from the victim mentality.
5. Lets others success inspire you
There are two main reasons why it’s important to be inspired by other successes. First, when we celebrate others success, we feel a huge surge of joy and happiness and the amount of negative stress that it will reduce is a game changer on your health. Study’s have shown that an optimist’s view was shown to protect an array of diseases and helps prevent cancer, stroke and respiratory infections. So it makes a big impact on your overall health. It creates more life satisfaction, plus people are more likely to positively respond to you in you are genuinely happy for them.
6. Don’t take life as it comes, create your own life
This is really the difference of being reactive and proactive with your life. Being proactive allows you to have control over your own life. You are the painter of your world and you have a blank canvas. Its up to you what your world will look like.
7. Set and achieve goals
Goals are what really take us forward in life. They are what give us clarity and direction as we are taking steps on our individual journey. Goals also give us action, focus and progress which are all essential for shifting your belief to a growth mindset.
8. Reward effort and progress
Rather than trying and failing then giving up. Try and get ready for the failure, then look for the lessons and progress in every failure in your life. This is a great thing! You just took one step further that you were before. Get excited and celebrate your steps. A fixed mindset believes that failure is proof of our limitations and keeps us from moving forward or ever trying again.
9. View challenges as opportunities
Rather than seeing problems as burdensome forces of opposition, see problems as opportunities to learn, grow, improve, or adjust in a way that leaves you better off than before. Opportunities to grow and learn, to strengthen ourselves, to test ourselves reveal how badly we want to create the dreams in our hearts, and how hard we're willing to work for them.
As you work on each one of these you should start to develop a sense of ownership, a sense of purpose. More importantly you’ll be opening new doors in your life.
Your mindset is the most important thing in your life that truly determines your life’s outcome. It’s the difference between being depressed and being happy. It’s the difference between anxiety and confidence. It’s the difference between hating or loving yourself.