How To Go From A Fixed Mindset To A Growth Mindset
People who have a fixed mindset will inevitably slow their progress and sabotage their chances of success. Unfortunately, our education system churns out students who have a fixed mindset.
When we’re young, we believe that anything is possible. This is why you see kids wanting to be astronauts or movie stars. There are no limits in their minds. They have a growth mindset.
However, their parents or other adults tell them to be realistic and do what’s within the realm of possibility. Very often, this realm is limited and stifling.
Children with a growth mindset end up becoming jaded adults with a fixed mindset who believe in limitations.
It’s no wonder society is filled with unhappy and unfulfilled individuals who feel like they’re not living a life of purpose. But they convince themselves that they’re responsible and doing the needful to pay the bills.
• Going from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset
In order to attain your goals and achieve success, it’s imperative that you work on your mindset and get it back to a growth mindset.
While you may face resistance from yourself in the beginning (because even the way you think is a habit), with persistence you can change your mindset.
Once you have a growth mindset, you’ll be able to help yourself succeed in any endeavour you set your heart and mind to.
• Here’s what you change…
People with a fixed mindset avoid challenges. People with a growth mindset embrace them. If you want to grow, you must push yourself past your comfort zone. Forget what your teachers and parents told you.
Most of them probably had a fixed mindset too. You deserve better and you must be willing to push yourself to take on the challenge.
When you develop a growth mindset, you’re willing to learn new things to help you progress.
What you learn will be relevant to what you’re trying to achieve. You don’t have a distaste for learning because you know that success comes from effort.
Someone with a fixed mindset will believe that you’re either born with talent or you’re not, and usually they’ll believe that they don’t have what it takes.
They’ll relegate ownership of their life to some mysterious set up in the universe which dealt them a bad hand.
Instead of learning new things, they’ll say they can’t do it. After all, why bother expending effort when they don’t have what it takes…and they’ll have very convincing reasons as to why they can’t do it.
Almost every reason will be an excuse that has no real truth to it. To succeed, you must be willing to learn.
Growth mindset people love reading or listening to success stories. Watching other people do well in life inspires them.
You’ll often notice that successful people love talking about what they did to succeed. They want to share their experience with others so that everyone can enjoy success the way they have.
Fixed mindset people feel inferior when they see others succeed. As a result, they develop envy or have hateful things to say. It’s a coping mechanism for them.
If you wish to attract success, you must not detest successful people. You must desire what they have. Then the universe will work in your favour to reward you. Attract, not repel.
Whenever you’re on a quest to achieve a goal, you can bet it will be an uphill struggle. You’ll slip up now and then. You’ll fail here and there. It’s inevitable.
Someone with a growth mindset will accept the failures and use them as learning opportunities. They’ll find ways to overcome obstacles and correct their mistakes.
Fixed mindset people will internalize the setbacks and believe that they are failures. They’ll turn failure into a person rather than treating it as an event.
They’ll then believe that it’s in their destiny to fail and they don’t have what it takes to succeed. So they quit.
Growth mindset people don’t mind negative feedback or criticism (even if it stings) because they use it to improve. Fixed mindset people take the brickbats personally and may retort or get angry.
It’s impossible to progress with a fixed mindset because your actions and responses will be dictated by your emotions.
You’ll constantly be on an emotional rollercoaster during your journey to your goals. That makes it all tougher than it has to be.
So, staying calm and collected is the best way to remedy the problem.
When you have a growth mindset, you believe that you can develop talent and experience to succeed. Even if it takes you time you’ll stay on course.
When the going gets tough you’ll expend more effort and keep going. You’re in this to win.
By now you’ll realize that having a growth mindset can only help you whereas a fixed mindset will only hurt you. The good news is that you can make the change any time you want…including right now.
So decide to have an open mind, a positive approach to life and a growth mindset that entices success to heap itself on you. If you can do that, and anyone can, you will attain any goal you desire.
It all starts with your mindset.