A growth mindset is the belief that you can grow in any area of your life. Those with this type of mindset welcome challenges and see failure more as a result from which they can learn, instead of feeling like THEY are the failure. Those with a fixed mindset believe that gifts, talents, and circumstances are fixed. That they cannot change themselves or their circumstances. They typically have a “that’s just how it is” mentality.
We all have both growth and fixed mindsets. It depends on the area of your life. For instance, you may feel you can lose 10 pounds if you put your mind and effort to it, but that your financial circumstances will never change. In this case you have a growth mindset in health, but a fixed mindset in finances. Fortunately, you can learn to have a growth mindset in any area of your life.
Here are 12 ways to change your mindset.
1.) See obstacles as an opportunity.
We never grow when things are comfortable. Look at challenges as a way to refine yourself and improve.
2.) Stop looking for approval.
When you want to change or improve something in your life, do it for yourself. You will need all the motivation, stamina, and momentum possible. If you are doing it for approval, you’ll lose steam pretty fast.
3.) Enjoy the journey.
Keeping an eye on the prize is great but do your best to enjoy the journey. Enjoy your workouts, enjoy your daily routines. Before you know it, you’ll reach your goals and by the time you do, it’ll be easy to continue improving.
4.) Understand failure and setbacks will occur.
The knee jerk reaction of those with a fixed mindset is to quit when something doesn’t go according to plan. Don’t be this way. Everyone fails. Ask any of the most successful people in this world if they have failed and they will tell you they probably tasted failure more than most people. When a setback happens, pick yourself up and keep going. Be a “Starting Over King” if you have to.
5.) Reward effort over the end result.
Always recognize and reward your effort. That is what matters the most.
6.) Change your language.
Replace “I can’t” with “I will.” Replace “I didn’t” with “Not yet.” Changing your language, even if you don’t believe it at first, will begin retraining your thought process to think positively.
7.) Put it out there.
Publicly declare your plans to reach your goals and desires. This will give you that extra push to continue towards your goals and improvement.
8.) Set micro goals.
Micro goals are easier to achieve and reinforces a growth mindset in a particular area of your life.
9.) Be aware of your fixed mindset.
Just recognizing a fixed mindset is sometimes enough to change it. If something pops into your mind such as “I can never be smart enough to create that app that I thought of,” realize it’s just a fixed mindset and that your thinking can be changed.
10.) Try a different strategy
If something hasn’t worked before, try something different. This will help you avoid falling into the trap of repeating the same mistakes.
11) Get feedback.
Those with a growth mindset seek help and knowledge from others. They see every challenge as an opportunity for growth and getting feedback from others helps them overcome these challenges.
12.) Accept harder challenges.
Those with a fixed mindset stay away from difficult obstacles. They are afraid of failure and being judged. Take a step away from this thinking by accepting a harder challenge.
Changing your mindset takes time and effort but it can be done. Try some of these tips to create a growth mindset.