Life lesson #4: Nurture a growth mindset
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Today, I share with you why a growth mindset is important in whatever you do and how we can all develop it.
Before we dive in, let's talk about the key differences between a fixed vs growth mindset based on Carol S. Dwecks book "Mindset: The new psychology of success". In this book he talks about how we can learn to fulfill our potential with the right mindset in business, parenting, school, and relationships. He defines fixed vs growth mindsets as follows:
Fixed mindset: People believe their intelligence and abilities are fixed traits.
Growth mindset: People believe most abilities can be developed.
It is intriguing to see how different the world looks from a person with a fixed vs growth mindset.
Take management skills as an example. An individual with a fixed mindset would assume great leaders simply have the natural ability to motivate and inspire their team to achieve a common goal. An individual with a growth mindset would appreciate all the effort and time the person put in to become a great leader and would be motivated to learn the principles.
Why is having a growth mindset so important?
You will leave your comfort zone
You learn more
You develop character
By developing a growth mindset, you will want to leave your comfort zone to explore because now you know anything is possible with hard work and determination! (there are some things you can't control) You will be eager to test your skills in a new environment, bump into obstacles, learn, and develop. Not only will you learn more, you also develop character. You become more mature, humble, appreciative, and the way you speak will change as well. Anything is possible now that you have the right mindset!
How can we develop a growth mindset?
Recognize when you have a fixed mindset and admit it
Put the thought aside and ask yourself why that thought came across
Be intentional and rephrase how you say things
Whenever you think something is impossible or you notice yourself saying things such as "That's just how it is" ,"I'm not talented to do that" etc., take a moment and realize that you are in a fixed mindset. Now reflect on that and understand why you thought that way. Then rephrase the sentence and say it out aloud. For example, "Let me figure out why..." or "If I put in the time and effort, I can do it as well!" You are one step closer to doing great things :)
Taka's Tip Top Tips
Transitioning from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is do-able! First step is to understand that we can all learn to develop a growth mindset!
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Thanks for sticking around! Remember, take baby steps and good things will happen eventually. Be yourself and let's get moving!