Did you know that how you look at challenges determines how successful you will be?
How you look at challenges is determined by your Mindset. Mindset is defined as a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that influences how we act, think and feel.
Carol Dweck, world renowned Stanford psychologist / modern day guru whose decades of research on success and achievement led to a simple idea of two mindsets: FIXED vs GROWTH.
A fixed mindset believes that intelligence is static, that abilities are established at birth and can not change much regardless of how hard we try. They believe that talent alone creates success, without effort and they are wrong.
Couple a fixed mindset with our natural concern to look smart, talented and accomplished and we avoid challenges, give up easily, see effort as fruitless, ignore useful feedback and are threatened by success of others. As a result of having a fixed mindset- we plateau early and achieve less than our full potential.
A growth mindset , on the other hand, believes that talent and intelligence are malleable and can be learned. With a growth mindset we embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as a path to mastery, learn from feedback and find lessons and inspiration from the success of others.
With a Growth mindset, we can reach higher levels of achievement and life satisfaction.
What can you do today?
Step 1 is awareness- Be Aware!
Start listening to your thoughts and notice your mindset. Do you hear yourself saying “I suck at this. I’m a loser. I will never be good at anything”?
Step 2 is to change that thought to “I might not be great at this YET but I can get better with some extra effort.”
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