As the saying goes, “whether you think you can or think you can’t—you’re right.” Perspective matters. The right perspective can drive you forward, while a negative perspective can drag you far, far back. So, as you move forward in 2018, focus on your mindset. Cultivating a growth mindset, versus staying stagnate with a fixed mindset, can help you advance, grow and progress in the new year. What is a growth mindset and how can you get one? Read on!
What is a Fixed Mindset?
Unfortunately, most people go through life with a fixed mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe that certain qualities such as intelligence, talent or personality are simply fixed traits—you are either born with them or without them. People with a fixed mindset not only believe that traits are fixed, but that they are unmovable. For example, they believe that you are born only so intelligent, and you can never become more intelligent or more knowledgeable—your intelligence is finite. Those with fixed mindsets will never grow or improve in the same way those with growth mindsets will, because they don’t believe it’s possible. They believe you are what you are because that’s how you were born—and that’s it. Those with fixed mindsets think that talent alone can explain success—they don’t account for the hard work, dedication and perseverance that also go into it.
What is a Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is a type of positive self-perception. People with a growth mindset believe that talents and qualities are things you can cultivate and improve. They don’t say things like “I’ll never be good at that,” or “I can’t do that.” Instead, they see challenges as opportunities for improving their talents and skills. Those who are growth minded believe that brains and talent are just the starting point—they are constantly striving to improve their other traits and capabilities. Growth minded people believe they can find success if they work hard and persevere—and generally, they do!
How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset
Embracing a growth mindset takes effort and it won’t happen overnight. To cultivate a growth mindset, you have to adjust your perspective and channel your emotions in a positive way. You have to actively practice growth-minded thinking. It’s daily work. Here are a few ways you can get started:
- Recognize and accept your imperfections. The first step in embracing a growth mindset is recognizing your weaknesses—and more importantly, recognize that they can be improved. Everyone has imperfections, and that’s okay.
- View every challenge as a learning opportunity. Maintain a constant curiosity. When you’re eager to grow and improve, every task becomes an opportunity to do something new.
- Change your language. No more “I can’t” or “it’s impossible.” Use words like “I will” and “yet,” instead. For example, if you’re having a problem completing a task, it’s not because you are inherently incapable of doing it, but rather because you haven’t learned how to do this particular task well—yet.
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