Not everyone is born a genius. I understand that we all start with different advantages or disadvantages. But those with the growth mindset believe that they can grow their abilities. They see obstacles and failure as a chance to learn from their mistakes, an opportunity to grow. For the growth mindset, failure might just be the beginning of a new story; not the end.
It’s like the famous quote from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
For those with a growth mindset, success means stretching themselves and acquiring new abilities. They’re always growing and always learning. They use difficulty to reach newer and higher levels of achievement. They learn from their mistakes.
The truth remains: your mindset and not your skillset determine your chance(s) for success – whatever what success means to you. If you don’t see yourself as one who would succeed, would you bother to prepare? You give up before it ever began. Some of us failed in the race (whatever it was) not because we couldn’t make it to the finish line; but because we were too scared to get to the start line.
What mindset is predominant for you? Is it a growth mindset or fixed?
If we want to live life to the fullest, it’s time to develop the right kind of mindset. A few steps to give you a head start in this include:
#1 See things as they really are: we all may have some areas we keep a fixed mindset, a failure (“I CAN’T”) mentality. The first step to switching to a growth mindset is to start noticing the areas in which you have a fixed approach. For instance, take note of your reactions. If someone performs better than you, is your response that you could learn something from that person, or that you’re just not as smart?
#2 Convince yourself that change is possible. A fixed mindset tells you that you can never grow and change. Whereas the growth mindset, a person is always learning, always looking for new challenges.
#3 Renew your mind and start encouraging growth mindset. A growth mindset focuses on things that you can cultivate and grow. Your talents, your intelligence, your personality — none of it is set in stone. All of it can improve through effort, and your potential is limitless. Retrain your thoughts. Focus on the ultimate goal and view your failures not as game-enders but as game changers. Learn from your mistakes.
When you ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen if I fail?” Almost always, the consequences aren’t as dire as you fear. Then ask yourself, “What’s the best that could happen?” Stop focusing on the fear and instead train your sights on the potential, on the exciting achievements that are possible when you reach outside your comfort zone.
#4 Gain information that stimulates growth mindset: read and read wide. Keep learning. You are what you think. And your thoughts are founded upon the information at your disposal. You have to replenish your mind with information that stimulates growth mentality. Read about inventions, biographies, inspirational book/blog/audio, even Guinness world record. Just keep absorbing as much information to disengage from the fixed mindset and get hooked on growth mindset.
#5 Make changes where you can – especially your association. Your association is very important – change it, as need be! The day you reject the ‘the devil you know is better…’ and/or ‘play-it-safe’ path and decided to take lessons from people with growth mindset is the day you’ll set path to success. It won’t be a straight upward trajectory with zero setbacks. But use those failures as a way to sharpen your skills and hone your strategies. Be careful those you share your challenges with or ask for advice. Their counsel would be infested with their own kind of mindset: be it fixed or growth mindset.
#6 Dare it! Break out of the traditional path and go ahead and just do it! You can start very small, but do something. Let it reflect in your speech. Self-talk with positive affirmation. Encourage yourself, even when no one else would. With a changed mind now, go back and give that area of struggle a better try.
Put these to practice and go and succeed!