What is a growth mindset?
A mindset is a basic attitude or philosophy of life. It’s a collection of thoughts and beliefs about who you are, what you’re capable of, and the world you live in. For example, if you have a belief that you are not capable of something you will have thoughts such as "I can't do that" or " I don't deserve that" Which is a "fixed mindset" that means you are unable to see past your current circumstances. So obviously a growth mindset is the opposite. If you believe you can change, be a better person, deserve more and are always looking to improve then you have a "Growth mindset"
For a long time, I have had a growth mindset of some sort in fact longer than I can remember and for me, It comes from the fear of not making the most of the 1 life we have. I have always had this feeling in my heart and my mind that I was meant for more than the usual work until 65 then retire life. Now there's nothing wrong with that but For whatever reason, I internally felt it wasn't for me. But not everyone has a natural growth mindset and that's ok because you can learn it!
Have a look below at the differences between growth and fixed mindset
The fixed mindset
Giving up easily.
Seeing effort as fruitless.
Ignoring useful negative feedback.
Feeling threatened by others’ success
The growth mindset
Persisting in the face of setbacks.
Seeing effort as the path to mastery.
Learning from criticism.
Finding lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
So what can you do to obtain a growth mindset?
1. Accept yourself as you are
Carl Rogers, a pioneer of positive psychology, wrote: “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” With all the discussion of growth and potential, there’s a risk of falling into a trap of self-rejection. Embracing the paradox of acceptance leads to self-development that is fuelled by inspiration, not by the desire to move away from who you are.
2. Focus on the lifelong dedication to learning
A growth mindset is realistic. This isn’t positive thinking or quick fixes. It’s a solid, scientifically proven, psychological method. There aren’t false promises that anyone can become a genius or as productive as Elon Musk
3. Let go of perfectionism
Letting go of perfectionism isn’t easy, especially if it’s a lifelong habit. Accepting you’re not perfect, and that there are always things to learn, things to change, areas to improve, is incredibly relieving. How would you feel if you could fully accept your imperfections, whilst knowing it’s within your power to change? The key to anything you want to do is just start
3. Picture your future self
Keeping the end of history illusion in mind, one way to instil a growth mindset is to know what you’re growing towards. The smallest plant finds the will to reach through the soil, to move towards the sun, to find its nourishment. What will you move towards? What vision inspires you?
Use the power of your imagination to build the image of your future self. Create the narrative. What feels exciting? What feels inspiring? What steps do you have to take to move towards this version of you in six months’ time, a year, five years, 10 years, or more?
Having a vision of who you’d like to become doesn’t mean rejecting who you are, right now, in this very moment. Remember, who you are is a product of a past vision. So make sure you maintain self-compassion and self-acceptance as you continue to grow towards the sun of your potential.
As Stephen Covey says, “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” View the growth mindset as a long-term investment, not a short-term fix. Begin applying the steps outlined above, and over time, the results will begin to show.