Learn the magic of having the right mindset!
Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset, or both?
According to Dr. Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, it’s possible to have one or the other, and sometimes even both! We can have a fixed mindset for a particular area of our life, but have a growth mindset for every other area. (There’s nothing magic about that, but there’s more…)
A key thing to remember:
Learn to recognize when you’re mind is fixed.
How? Your language will be absolute, and oftentimes negative. For example,
“I can’t lose twenty pounds. Everyone in my family is just big-boned.”
“I can’t do algebra. I’m not smart enough.”
“I can’t run a mile! I can barely walk a block.”
Fixed-minded peope don’t like challenges, see failure as a threat to their intelligence, and don’t see learning as a process.
People who focus on growth enjoy the process of learning and believe that, with effort, success can be theirs. Failure is viewed as a necessary part of the process.
How can you develop a growth mindset?
- Believe that your brain works like a muscle. With the right training, our brains can develop.
- Use the word “yet” when describing skills you want to develop.
- Affirm things that can be controlled. You can’t control your height, but you can control your weight.
- Surround yourself with growth mindset people
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