Before I give away too much, answer the following questions using the following words: never, occasionally, often, always ...
How you answered the above questions reveal whether or not you have a fixed mindset. You can only really discard the 'nevers', so if you have any of the other answers you need to do some work on your growth mindset.
If you have children at school, the chances are you will have come across the growth mindset with them and their teachers, as this theory was developed to help children and students understand how they can be more successful with their learning.
This powerful theory was developed by Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University in the USA. Carol spent decades researching the field of both achievement and success then came up with a new psychology of success based on mindset. More and more, this theory is being used to help adults as well. Whether you are an entrepreneur or work for someone else, applying this theory can literally be life-changing.
"This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others. Although people may differ in every which way - in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperament - everyone can change and grow through application and experience." - Carol DweckWhat's the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset?
The great news is you can change your mindset! Even just reading this blog post can start you thinking and reacting in a more growth mindset way.
The attributes of a growth mindset are:
So, are you ready to make the change? Below are 7 really great ways to make it happen!
Step outside of your comfort zone at least once a day even if it makes you feel sick in your stomach. When you've done something new or challenging, reflect on what you learnt and how your comfort zone expanded.
There is no shame in asking questions to expand your knowledge or understand something better. When you were a child, you never stopped asking questions so step back in time and be the curious child again.
When you reflect on the activities that challenged you rather than focusing on the obstacles, think about on how you overcame them. Jot down everything you learnt in the process and see how much you have grown. This will help you to embrace challenges as opportunities and chances to learn.
We learn more through getting things wrong than anything else, yet we often beat ourselves up when we do. Taking risks is essential if we want to grow, if you make a mistake don't be so hard on yourself think about how far you have come instead.
I know it's hard to hear criticism and you want to get defensive. Instead, ask questions. Find out more about where it's coming from. Look at how it can help you and take the personal out of it. Be brave and actually seek it out from people you trust.
This is the best way to develop your skills; it's about questioning - in a positive way - what you did and deciding if there is a better way to do it in the future.
Look for opportunities to do something different and new, be brave go for it because it literally is 'who dares wins'
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