In my last blog, I talked about MINDSET Matters and what is a fixed versus growth mindset. (You can read that HERE).
Did you discover if you had a FIXED or GROWTH mindset? A growth mindset is beneficial for many reasons! Here are just a few reasons why a growth mindset is important:
-You will be able to have a more positive outlook on life and achieve your goals
-You will be able to change the way you think and improve your productivity
-You will learn how to embrace failure and grow from it
-You will find out how other successful people think and what mindset helped them get where they are today
But, what do I do if I have a FIXED mindset?
Here are some tips on how to work toward changing your mindset!
-Focus on the journey. Seeing the value of the journey you are on helps you to see the lessons and growth along the way. Sometimes looking only at the end result, and how fast or slow we are getting there, is more detrimental to the process.
-Incorporate "YET." If you are struggling with a task or skill, remind yourself that you have not mastered it YET. This word signals that you can overcome! Many of us are not instant masters at anything. There are always a few special wonders who seem to have lots of talents and skills but most of us, it takes work.
-Pay attention to negative words and thoughts. Replace negative words with positive. Learn how to reframe your language. You do not have to "fake it 'til you make it" but you do need to speak truth! Instead of saying "I suck at.... (skill, etc.), faking it is saying "I am a master at....." I encourage you to reframe it to state "I am working on mastering ......" or "I am getting better, smarter, more capable of ....." so that you can accept it as TRUTH and build on it!
-Take on challenges. Know that you will have challenges so why not learn from them? Reminding yourself that you will be better from knowing more, learning and growing through the challenges you experience, embrace them instead of fearing or shying away from them!
And, we are the company we keep. Surround yourself with people who feed into a positive mindset. People who are growth minded. Even the movies, music, and environments can all speak to mindset, if we are paying attention. Surround yourself with what you want and need more of and see how your thinking just might follow.