What’s Your Mindset? Growth Vs Fixed Mindset

mindsetWhat would you say is your dominate mindset? First of all, what do we mean by mindset and how is this a success factor? Dictionary.com defines your mindset as “a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations. An inclination or a habit.”

Your dominate mindset can go along way in determining how successful and happy you are in life. In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
– Carol S. Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University and a leading expert in motivation and personality psychology suggests there are basically to prevailing mindsets. The fixed mindset and the growth mindset.




Fixed Mindset

The fixed mindset is all about the outcome. If you’re not successful then you are a failure. With this mindset you are stuck constantly trying to prove yourself. People with fixed mindsets tend to go for low effort goals and easy tasks so as not to fail. They tend to need to protect their confidence.


Growth Mindset

People with the growth mindset are all about the journey and enjoy learning and growing along the way – regardless of outcome. They care more about learning then proving themselves. People with a growth mindset tend to go for high effort goals and challenge themselves more. They don’t feel like they need to protect their confidence.


Dr. Dweck suggest it’s all in how you frame things. In some ways the fixed mindset can be comforting in that you know where you stand and you know what you are good at. But if you frame it with a growth mindset, you can possibly learn more about yourself. You don’t see things in terms of failure or success and you enjoy the journey more.


Changing And Growing Your Mindset

So how do we change to a growth mindset? One of the ways is to watch how we react to events and how we process them mentally. For instance when we think “I’m either good at it, or I’m not”, change that to “I can learn anything I want to”. Here are some more examples:

  • Fixed: When I’m frustrated, I give up.
  • Growth: When I’m frustrated, I persevere.
  • Fixed: When I fail, I’m no good.
  • Growth: When I fail, I learn.
  • Fixed : If you succeed, I feel threatened
  • Growth: If you succeed, I’m inspired
  • Fixed: My abilities determine everything.
  • Growth: My effort and attitude determine everything.

By constantly being vigil mentally and changing our reaction from a fixed mindset view to a more growth oriented mindset or point of view it will soon become habit and second nature to us.


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