When it comes to the importance of having a growth mindset, times are tough. Yet depending on your mindset, times are always tough, or they can be challenging; times that you can learn from, become stronger from and learn about yourself and your accomplishments.
If you had to pick one of the following two options, what type of person are you:
Someone who is constantly faced with obstacles and problems. They get you down and you wonder when life is going to give you a break, just for a while, before the next disappointment.
Someone who rolls with the punches. You might stuff up and make mistakes, but you learn from them and see problems as challenges and opportunities to learn.
Can you guess which might mean you have more of a fixed mindset than a growth mindset?
Psychologist Carol Dweck is a leading researcher in mindset. She studied the behaviour of thousands of children over a 30 year period. Not only did she coin the terms fixed Vs. growth mindset, she was fascinated with student attitude towards failure.
Having a growth mindset means that we believe our basic qualities and abilities are not set in stone and can be developed through effort. This is opposed to a fixed mindset, where we think the opposite – that we’re born with a certain amount of skill or talent and that’s that…”you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
Well, speaking as someone who spends most of his down time with dogs, you definitely can!
There is huge crossover between having a growth mindset and building resilience...
Just like our physical strength, if we want to be mentally strong then we have to do something about it. There are some simple* techniques that, when practiced daily, can have an immediate difference on our positivity, outlook and mindset.
*spoiler alert – as I’m regularly saying, ‘simple’ doesn’t always mean easy. As with any development, we need to put in the time, effort and commitment to see real change!