“You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better”.
Growth mindset has been defined as people believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point (Carol Dweck).
A fixed mindset puts undue parameters in place. An individual who believes they are only good at certain things will most likely only be good at those things. You can talk yourself into or out of anything. A fixed mindset can hinder progress because of the avoidance of anything that may challenge you. This process causes individuals to give up when tasks get hard or unfamiliar.
A fixed mindset limits individual growth because of sticking to what you know only—attempts to try or learn new things are avoided at all costs. A sad aspect of this mindset is when people believe potential is predetermined.
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t—you’re right”.
Contrasting the fixed mindset with growth mindset highlights the importance of positive thinking and actions. People with a growth mindset view failure as an opportunity, not something to shy away from. Functioning as a lifelong learner is another aspect of the growth mindset—the foundational principle is to never stop learning new things and tasks.
Positive effort and attitude are thought to be determining factors toward individual abilities. This concept helps eliminate being defeated even before starting a task. The success of others leads to inspiration for someone with a growth mindset.
The great things my tree branches accomplish daily inspire me to continue to grow and make a difference.
A hidden aspect of the growth mindset is the freedom it provides to practitioners.
Growth mindset is based on not limiting yourself (thoughts or actions) so you approach each day as a gift. You seek new challenges because you have the tools to accomplish them. You’re willing to try new things because you never want to stop learning and improving your knowledge and abilities. Setbacks are your opportunity to learn, reset and then try another approach to the challenge you face.
Lessons are everywhere when you embrace the growth mindset.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Growth mindset key factors:
- You can learn anything needed for success
- Displaying the right attitude makes learning possible
- Challenges are viewed with excitement
- Failure is not the end
- Positive words, thoughts and actions daily
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you don’t stop”.
How can a growth mindset impact your daily interactions? What things do you need to change to adopt a growth mindset? Thanks!
TED Speaker, Carol Dweck. (n.d.) Retrieved July 22, 2019, from https://www.ted.com/speakers/carol_dweck.