People with a Growth Mindset believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through hard work, dedication and perseverance. They typically learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for success.
A fixed mindset is the opposite of this. Dweck states that “In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success without effort.”
Carol Dweck, Psychologist
Author of the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
In the world of business; challenges, risks, and tons of stress can quickly turn your perfect day into a day of uncertainty.
In the middle of launching my present email challenge. Hell broke loose in my life and business. Talk about a double whammy.
Here I am speaking to people about systems and then my content database went cucu for coco pops. It started sending out double, sometimes triple emails. You can imagine how I was feeling.
The thought ????will people think I don’t know what I’m doing came to mind several times. Then I quickly reminded myself to practice what I’m teaching and that I can choose to listen to the fixed mindset (negative thoughts) or that decide how I would interpret and respond to the challenge, setback, and possible criticism I was facing.
Afterall, most successful people had failures along the way. It’s part of the journey.
After assessing the situation, I acknowledge the problem, made a conscious decision to tell that #fixedmindset that was attempting to grab me where to go.
Adopting the #growthmindset helped me handle the problem, put my Plan b in place and push through, regardless of the outcome (people unsubscribing).
When stuff fell through the cracks, I evaluated it, learned from it, and decided not to dwell on it. I’ve trained my mind towards growth, and begin to work double-time to achieve it.
What about you. Do you operate with a #fixedmindset or a #growthmindset?
Are you more concerned about your reputation/looking good? Or do you get up, shake it off and look for ways to improve whatever it is that you are facing?