Have you ever met someone that seizes challenges and obstacles seemingly without fear? While you may think that isn’t instinctual for you, there are ways to start reframing your mindset to think that way.
Have you ever met someone that seizes challenges and obstacles seemingly without fear? While you may think that isn’t instinctual for you, there are ways to start reframing your mindset to think that way. When you break it down, there are two types of mindsets: fixed and growth mindsets.
Growth vs Fixed Mindset
A person with a fixed mindset believes their talents and intelligence are determined at birth and are inherently unchangeable. As a result, they focus on avoiding challenges because they are afraid of failure. They think they are naturally good or bad at something, and nothing they do will change that. On the other hand, a person with a growth mindset believes they are dynamic. These people believe that through hard work and practice, they are able to increase their talent and intelligence. As a result, they take on challenges without fear of failure, knowing failure doesn't mean they are lesser or bad, just that they need more practice.
Growth Mindset Benefits
People with growth mindsets do not believe that things are fixed, therefore they can envision a change in themselves. New challenges are exciting to people with growth mindsets because they know that if they do not succeed at first, that it is just part of their learning journey. People with growth mindsets are much more likely to challenge themselves and have many different experiences.
How to Develop a Growth Mindset
If you want to better yourself, it is always a good idea to start with setting goals. These goals should align with your values and be achievable, while also posing a challenge. These goals will give you a roadmap for success. It is also essential to develop self compassion. This means treating yourself with kindness and understanding. Once you accept both yourself and the mistakes you are inevitably bound to make when trying new things, you will be motivated to overcome setbacks instead of giving up. A big part of a growth mindset is seeing “failures” as learning experiences. You didn’t fail, you just gained an opportunity to learn something new.
When you encounter failures, remind yourself that you are not there… yet. Adding the word “yet” at the end of a negative sentence reminds you that you are still learning and growing. It keeps you rooted in a growth mindset, and will help increase your patience with yourself. Remember, developing a growth mindset will not occur overnight, so give yourself grace. Remain consistent in applying these tips, and you will be shocked at how your life will change.
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