As we explored in Part 1: Want to Succeed? Change your mindset, the mindsets we hold create our reality and results. Psychologist Carol Dweck performed extensive research around a certain set of beliefs and how they impact people’s lives:
The growth mindset is the belief that your talents can be developed through learning and effort.
The fixed mindset, in contrast, is the belief that success stems from being naturally gifted.
Dweck’s research suggests that a growth mindset predicts higher levels of success and achievement.
If you notice yourself holding a fixed mindset about something, how can you adopt a growth mindset instead to increase your odds of success?
Contrary to popular belief, your beliefs can be changed…with the appropriate level of effort.
Step 1 of adopting a growth mindset is awareness. You cannot change what you cannot see! First, understand where you hold a fixed mindset, and decide to change it. (Congratulations! By simply reading my last post, you’ve already increased your awareness about the fixed and growth mindsets. Step 1: Done!)
Step 2 is implementing practices that cultivate a growth mindset.
Here are 5 practices to help you grow a growth mindset:
Adopting a growth mindset will expand what’s possible for you. Instead of worrying about how smart you are or what people think about you, you can reinvest that energy in learning more and getting smarter. You’ll unleash more of your potential and reach new heights of success and fulfillment!
But, this doesn’t come without effort. Growth requires us to see ourselves and the world in a new way. It requires us to embrace our challenges. It requires consistent practice.
What new practice will you embrace today?