When it comes to mindset, I think it’s best explained by that classic phrase from moms everywhere – “It’s all in your head!” It’s like she always knew mindset was the key to success, now we scientists are just catching up.
Mindset is basically the set of attitudes, assumptions and beliefs that shape our reactions to situations. It colors how we respond to challenges and opportunities, effects our work habits and overall life outlook.
So yeah, mindset really matters. It’s the powerhouse behind achieving greatness or brick walling ourselves into mediocrity; you decide which way you’re going but your mindset is sure steering the ship either way.
Having the right mindset is essential as it feeds into all your actions and habits. It helps to keep you motivated with things feel tough and keeps you open to possibilities. With the right mindset, opportunities are within reach and we have the confidence to meet challenges head on.
So… How do we get there?
First, I would recommend paying attention to if you have a FIXED or GROWTH mindset.
A fixed mindset would be “That is just who I am and I cannot change” versus a growth mindset says “I am constantly evolving and a work in progress.” Another example is “That position is out of my league” versus “That position looks challenging- I am going to go for it!”
Which mindset are you?
Second, evaluate the people around you, especially while growing up. The adults around us often shape us and if the people we grew up around have a growth mindset, we likely do, too.
Third, notice if you seek validation. People with fixed mindsets are constantly seeking validation to prove their worth- not just to others, but also to themselves. It can be a consuming goal for some people to be in situations, always looking for confirmation of their intelligence, personality or character.
Every situation is evaluated to see if it will provide opportunity for success or failure? The appearance of looking smart or dumb? Being accepted or rejected?
What is your MINDSET?
Read the following statements and decide which ones you agree with most:
1. You are born with a certain amount of intelligence and it is not something that can be changed.
2. No matter who you are, there isn’t much you can do about your basic abilities and personality.
3. People are capable of changing who they are.
4. You can learn new things and improve your intelligence.
5. People either have particular talents, or they don’t. You can’t just acquire talents.
6. Studying, working hard, and practicing new skills are all ways to develop new talents and abilities.
If you agree most with statements 1, 2 and 5, then you probably have more of a fixed mindset. If you tend to agree more with 3, 4 and 6, then you have more of a growth mindset.
Which one do you have?