Why Your Mindset Matters
A mindset refers to whether you believe qualities such as intelligence and talent are fixed or changeable traits.
There are two different types of mindset:
People with a fixed mindset believe that these qualities are inborn, fixed, and unchangeable.
Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe that these abilities can be developed and strengthened by way of commitment and hard work.
Those with the fixed mindset frame of mind tend to feel that their skills, potential and abilities are pre-determined and are not able to be improved upon.
These people tend to feel powerless over any ability to manipulate their pre-ordained, possibly genetic skills and talents.
Those with the growth mindset are open to the idea that there is always room for improvement if they are willing to work enough at it.
And overwhelmingly, these people are often more successful in whatever venture in which they choose to participate.
In fact, those in the growth mindset category are far more optimistic about who is calling the shots concerning their own abilities to turn any situation into something that works better for them.
It is thought that just like any habit or belief, your mindset is formed when you were a child.
Children who are taught that they should look smart instead of loving learning tend to develop a fixed mindset.
They become more concerned with how they are being judged and fear that they might not live up to expectations.
Kids who are taught to explore, embrace new experiences, and enjoy challenges are more likely to develop a growth mindset.
Rather than seeing mistakes as setbacks, they are willing to try new things and make errors all in the name of learning and achieving their potential.
The differences in mindset determine how much control a person has over their own life.
The primary one being how a person views mistakes or obstacles and the attitude that they foster when the inevitable hindrances arise….
For example, those with a fixed mindset are apt to become easily discouraged when things don’t go right and are far more likely to “throw in the towel” so to speak at the first setback.
But those with a growth mindset are far more optimistic in their outlook and adopt more of an opportunistic approach to problems, meaning that they “make the best of it” and try to turn negativity into a chance to learn and hopefully grow from whatever hindrance they might encounter.
Given what is already understood about the two opposite approaches to mindset, clearly the fixed mindset does not leave much room for growth, learning or personal prosperity, while the growth mindset is the healthier, more positive option that is most likely to maximize an individual’s success and subsequent overall happiness in life.
Our mindset also affects in other ways besides our ability to grow and prosper and be successful.
For one, there is the knowledge that our mindset can have a major impact on our health and physical well-being.
A person who tends to consistently be discouraged or depressed is far more likely to have that morose mentality suppress their immune system, which in turn means that those with a fixed mindset are more prone to illnesses and tend to take longer to recover from whatever ailment to which their defeated attitude has subjected them.
People with a growth mindset tend to become sick less often and most certainly tend to be happier and healthier.
Like any belief or habit, your mindset can be changed.
It is generally agreed upon among psychology and other professional experts on the subject that any person ultimately does have control over which mentality they choose to foster.
This is great news! It’s up to you.
If you happen to be someone who has been operating with a fixed mindset, you can make the transition to a far more positive growth mindset, no matter where you are in your life.
You can work on improving your mindset so that you too can have a growth mindset and have more control about how you respond to the things that happen in your life so that you can turn them around.
Let’s look at some things to try:
Explore and Identify Your Limiting Beliefs
What are your most limiting views about your learning abilities?
Write them down in detail and give examples from the past which justify these beliefs.
Be honest with yourself and try to think of all the times in the past when your own beliefs got in the way of your learning.
Cross Examine Yourself
Cross-examine these limiting beliefs through the lens of a growth mindset, just as a prosecution lawyer would analyze a defense testimony in court.
Think of examples in the past where your effort led to progress and ask if those limiting beliefs stand up to the test now.
My guess is they those beliefs won’t stand the test, because the growth mindset encourages you to take responsibility for the results you get, rather than blaming external factors.
Practice the Growth Mindset
A growth mindset is something you need to practice consistently over time, like anything else.
If your limiting beliefs pop up again in your mind, remind yourself that your ability is under your control.
When you wake up every morning, ask yourself these three questions:
What are the opportunities for learning and growth today?
When, where and how will I embark on my plan?
When, where and how will I act on my plan?
Set your mind!
The mindset you cultivate will make all the difference in your experience and your perceptions.
Your mindset is the software that helps you deal with your day to day experiences.
It filters everything that comes your way.
Your mindset determines which information you pay attention to, which ones you value and which ones are beneficial to ignore.
It’s worth investing the time and energy to evaluate and cultivate the mindset you want.
It will change your mind.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Did you know about the growth & fixed mindset ideas?
Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?
What kinds of things do you do to work on your mindset.
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your stories.
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