Carol Dweck wrote the ground breaking book, Mindset. Though her research findings are related to school-age children, there is practical application for anyone on the journey of personal growth and development.
Do you have a growth mindset?
People with a growth mindset believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, according to Dweck. She goes on to say, in a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are unchangeable, fixed traits.
You may think, based on these definitions, you should avoid the fixed mindset. Well, that’s true, to a degree. Dr. Dweck, encourages that you use the fixed mindset triggers to your advantage. For, being aware of them will empower you to change your mind and state.
Some tips to help you identify if you have a fixed or growth mindset.
Watch for it when you face a setback. Do you feel incompetent or defeated? Do you look for an excuse?
Watch to see whether criticism brings out your fixed mindset. Do you become defensive, angry, or crushed instead of interested in learning from the feedback?
Watch what happens when you see an colleague, family member or friend who’s better than you at something you value. Do you feel envious and threatened, or do you feel eager to learn?
Dweck says, “accept those thoughts and feelings and work with and through them”.
It may seem counter-intuitive to use the negative to identify when you’re in THAT space, so that awareness helps you get out of it.
I believe having a growth mindset as described by Dr. Dweck is critical for anyone on a personal growth and development journey becuase you must first believe that you can achieve your goals.
In spite of talent, because the truth is, it’s overrated.
For more on this interesting perspective follow the links below.