How to Change From A Fixed Mindset to A Growth Mindset

In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck detailed the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe their basic abilities, talents, and skills are limited and so they seek to validate themselves. Conversely, individuals with a growth mindset think that their ability comes from their efforts and so they focus on developing themselves.

If you have difficulty sticking with good habits or learning new skills, it may be due to a fixed mindset. The good news is that with a few simple steps you can shift your fixed mindset to a growth mindset and change your life.

Increase your Self Awareness

Become very aware of your abilities and talents and comprehend your strengths and weaknesses. Ask others for feedback so you can learn what areas of development which you need to focus.

View Failure Differently

Experiencing failure gives you time to apply extra effort to improve your results significantly. Failure is what you do, and your new understanding is what you can learn from failure. View delays and denials as opportunities. It is important to remember that your failures do not define you as a human being.

Create a New Compelling Belief

You can create a new compelling belief for your life by believing that your skills and talents can be honed if you learn to apply yourself. It is your consistent effort and enjoyment in your life that will illuminate your road to mastery. Break your limiting beliefs.

Commit to Continuous Learning

Make a decision to focus on your growth and learning continually. Start by asking more questions and being more curious about those you meet. Learn about the journey they’ve been on and what they can teach you.

Welcome Challenges

Trials are a part of life. Learn to embrace and excel at challenges. It is the challenges that you face during your life that help to propel you toward your goals. Developing a growth mindset is about learning to consistently take specific action. Individuals with a growth mindset understand that no matter how far they fall, he/she has the power to get back up and start again.

Developing a growth mindset takes time. With fervor and commitment, you can change your most powerful beliefs. If you want to transform your life, start with adjusting your mindset.

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About Nancy Gettridge

Nancy Gettridge is founder of Phenomenal Image, a career strategy coaching firm dedicated to helping women reach their full leadership potential.  Frequent points of discussion include aligning one's life purpose to one's career and gender bias in the workplace.   Other key topics include career strategy, leadership, and overcoming workplace issues.  You can get weekly career tips straight to your email by subscribing here

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