|Have you come to a point in life where you feel or believe growth is no longer necessary?
Or – you believe it’s too difficult to grow in such unique times as we are now experiencing?
Should you stop pursuing something better – a better job, better life, better income; greater success?
All good questions. However as we age and succeed, is what we have achieved enough; or should we/you continue to broaden your education, continue to expand your network of friends and business connections, for example. On the other hand, do you believe you are too old – too out of touch – to grow?
Is growth no longer important or essential? Is nothing more to be gained from growing? Have you done and achieved enough?
What is your Mindset?
The mindset you embrace is more important than your people skills, more important than your abilities, and more important than any other competency you possess or that which you may develop in the future.
Your mindset is what will allow you to achieve more or new dreams and accomplish new goals. It can help you improve your surroundings, allowing you to become a happier person, develop a better more positive state of mind – attracting more positive people and situations to your life.
Carol Dweck, PhD Stanford University – widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology tells us –
Fixed and Growth Mindset
Professor Dweck’s research, into the human mind, helped establish there are two different types of mindsets – Growth and Fixed. Her research has determined if you possess a fixed mindset, you have the opinion you are born with a specific set of qualities which are rooted within your psyche. In short – You believe the traits you possess are fixed, and there is nothing which can be done to develop them further or improve them.
Furthermore says Dweck – “A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one which allows you to think differently. When you possess a growth mindset, you are confident you can become better. You know, and believe, you can learn new things, develop and build new skills, and work on your shortcomings. With a growth mindset, whatever you want in life is achievable.
What many people fail to recognize is these two mindsets”, says Dr. Dweck, “aren’t mutually exclusive, but they are in fact complementary to one another. Everyone starts out with a fixed mindset; you have particular talents and skills you already possess, which you may think are unchangeable.”
To transition into a growth mindset, you then must ask yourself what else – specifically – do you want to achieve. First, it’s a good idea to list what you have achieved. When you’ve done this ask yourself a few questions about your work and/or career since it usually has the most impact on your life:
Asking yourself these or similar questions, leads to asking yourself how you are going to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B,’ or rather, how you’re going to change your ‘fixed’ mindset to reach your new goals which require a growth mindset.
The challenge for you becomes identifying your current mindset and determining a goal for yourself which will allow you to implement growth strategies into your life. As you work toward achieving these growth strategies you will become more confident; and often look forward to continuing achieving. You may, in fact, decide to create a whole new life – regardless your age – after having had a fixed mindset for years; perhaps without even realizing it.
When trying to shift your mindset, you must have a definite purpose and desire. You must be specific about what you want to achieve; or what you now want out of life since you may have reached many important goals you previously set and have a variety of achievements which now speak for you – having reached those goals.
Take the time to write your goals down. The simple act of writing your goals down, using pen and paper, helps engage your brain and allows your subconscious to get a better handle on your goals.
Here’s 3 reasons for writing down your growth mindset goals from top motivational expert Brian Tracy: