Success is something we all strive for. It’s something all of us have in common. Our society praises successful people, we look up to people that have succeeded in one area of life or another. According to Carol Dweck, traits aren’t fixed, you can improve if you have the right mindset. The right mindsets can boost or decrease the amount of success you attain.
Fundamentally, there are 2 mindsets. The growth mindset(optimal) and the fixed mindset. Most of us are in the fixed mindset but don’t realize it.
The fixed mindset involves thinking that talent is set in sports. Some people have more talent than others and are going to be better off in the long run because they have natural ability. Same goes with intelligence, it’s not going to drastically change. You’ve all heard someone say, I’m not good at math. I’m not good at science. This indicates a fixed mindset.
Fixed mindset thinkers want to look smart rather than be smart. Therefore they avoid challenges in which they could possibly fail and jeopardize, quote on quote, their intelligence. This leads to ability plateauing early and not achieving your full potential.
The opposite is true for the growth mindset. Check out this flow chart to help explain the point.
Growth minded individuals embrace challenges and see them as opportunities to grow. Failures aren’t seen as lack of talent, but rather as a means to grow and improve. Challenges are embraced because they’re a learning opportunity. They help us stretch ourselves to increase our abilities.
Mindsets can Change
The good new is that we can change our mindsets. We can move out of the fixed mindset and into the growth mindset with a few changes on our outlook of improvement and growth. Such as:
- Finding success in learning and improving rather than trying to display talent
- Find setbacks motivating, see them as a wake up call
- Take charge of the process to bring success – then maintain it
What are the opportunities for learning and growth today. For myself? For the people around me?
As you think start making a plan Ask: When where and how will I embark on my plan?
Whenever you face an obstacle ask yourself the question above again. Regardless of how bad you may feel, do it. And when you succeed, don’t forget to ask yourself:
What do I have to do to maintain and continue the growth?
People that have traveled down the road of the growth mindset have always said that they’re a better person because of it. Even if you’re not going to change still keep the idea of a growth mindset in your head when you face challenges and obstacles. Know that it’s always an option.