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According to Carol Dweck in the book Mindset, people are one of two states of mind, the growth state of mind and the fixed state of mind. By understanding your state of mind, you can better manage life and create success for yourself.
People with a fixed mindset tend to spend a lot of time in avoidance mode. They don’t like challenges or obstacles and go to great lengths to avoid making mistakes. Albert Einstein said: “A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” People with a fixed mindset find criticism painful and tend to ignore it or get angry. They tend to only take on tasks that they know they can do.
People with a growth mindset love challenges and persevere, working through obstacles and difficulties. They love to learn and believe that effort is part of the fun of learning and of the path to mastery. They not only accept criticism, but ask for it often, using it as feedback to improve and learn. When surrounded by successful people, they study their success and treat it as a learning opportunity.
The attitude of the individual with a fixed mindset is, “Either I am good at something or I am not.” If I’m not good at something, there’s nothing I can do about it. The person with a growth mindset believes that they can learn anything if they think about it. Frustration and challenge only increase their resolve. They are inspired by success and believe that effort and attitude determine success.
The mindset is whether you believe qualities like intelligence and talent are fixed or changing traits. This is important because your state of mind has an impact on your success or failure. Carol Dweck says beliefs play a central role in what you want and if you can achieve it.
There are a few basic theories about the formation of the state of mind. Children who develop fixed mindsets are concerned about being judged and are afraid of not living up to expectations They are told to be smart. Children with a growth mindset learn to face challenges and be excited about new experiences. They grow up believing that mistakes are part of learning and are necessary for success.
The growth mindset is not about perfection but about realizing one’s potential. An individual with a growth mindset tends to persevere in the face of difficulties or setbacks as opposed to those with a fixed mindset who are more likely to give up, sometimes without even trying.
Not sure if you have a growth mindset or a fixed one? Answer the questions below with True or False:
1. People have a certain level of intelligence and you cannot change it.
2. People can become smarter by learning new things.
3. At a certain age, your personality and basic abilities are defined and will not change.
4. People can learn new things throughout their life.
5. Some people are talented in things like art, music and sports, some are not.
6. Anyone can improve on just about anything if they work hard and practice.
If you answered True to the odd-numbered questions, you probably have a fixed mindset. If you answered True to even-numbered questions, you probably have a growth mindset. If your answers are mixed, you might have a combination of fixed mindset and growth.
The good news is that people can change their mindset. While change isn’t easy for someone with a fixed mindset, it is possible. If you are tired of the limits of your mindset in your life, here are some ways to change.
1. Change your beliefs. Our beliefs are only constructions of our mind and can be changed. A big part of growing into adulthood is adapting our beliefs to new learning.
2. Change the way you think about failure. By accepting failure as feedback, you move it from final status to being a step on the road to success, and you change the way you deal with it.
3. Strengthen your awareness of yourself. Ask 5 people who care about you to tell you what they think are your strengths. You will be surprised by their responses. Ask them how you can improve and go for it.
4. Trade your anxiety for curiosity and wonder. Growing up with a fixed mindset guarantees anxiety. Rather than resisting ignorance and uncertainty, embrace it and allow yourself to be curious about what’s going to happen. It may take a little practice, but swapping your anxiety for curiosity will improve your mental and physical health!
5. Study people who have a growth mindset. Find people who inspire you, read about their lives and how they came to be who they are. Not because you have to be someone other than who you are, but because developing a growth mindset will help you be who you are more fully.
Taking responsibility for your state of mind means you choose how you move through life. It’s the difference between living your life with intention and just letting life happen to you. Whether you are a person with a fixed mindset, or the boss or relative of such a person, I encourage you to find out more. Read Carol Dweck’s book, attend a Mindset Workshop, or work with a trainer to develop your ability to operate in a growth mindset and help others do it too. Embracing life rather than avoiding it promises rewarding change.
Cami Miller is a business coach and works with executives, entrepreneurs and family businesses to develop strategies for success. She can be reached at [email protected]