This week, we are going to touch on the type of mindset we have as individuals, more specifically- a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.
Where is your head at? I have been stuck many times in a fixed mindset, giving in to the thought that my life circumstances were already determined and I had no way of deviating from this prescribed path. Let me digress and explain what a fixed mindset and a growth mindset are. According to the Positive Psychology Program, a fixed mindset is focused on validating oneself. A person tries to prove themselves but is very sensative about being wrong or making mistakes. This leads to doubting themselves which destroys confidence. A fixed mindset to me is like being stuck in a traffic jam by choice when there are innumerable opportunities to take an exit.
A growth mindset “is about achieving mastery and competence. The person believes that superb personal qualities can be learned developed or cultivated.” The important thing here is that failure is viewed as an opportunity to learn and grow. You hear the saying that you learn more from losing than winning and this is so true to me. The opportunity to look at what you did wrong that led to failure and the ability to adjust a find new strategies is so important for overall growth.
The big thing here is a fixed mindset is limiting on your potential because you believe there is a limit to how well you can do. A limit to how intelligent you can become, or how successful or how anything else. A growth mindset gives you unlimited potential because you believe that its there.
Think about where your head is at and what type of mindset you have. Is it fixed? Is it growth? Try to take control and be confident in yourself. If you find it hard, find someone that inspires you. I was stuck in a rut until I met Jing. She is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met and has shown me that regardless of circumstances, there is still a chance to grow. If you cannot do it on your own, find someone who can help encourage you. Whether it’s your mom, your dad, a sibling, or even someone at work.
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” -Confucious