Mindset, Can You Succeed With Out One?

These people have a growth mindset or a fixed one?

If you set your mind on just hitting the goal, that’s what you get. And in some cases you might not even get that. However, if you set your goal and strategy to achieve aggresively beyond that, it brings a different level of action to it and you will surprise yourself on what you achieve. Where your mind goes, your energy will follow.

You hear “mindset” thrown around a lot. More often than not, it’s used loosely and as a buzzword. I wanted to know why mindset is so important to being successful faster, so I did some work to identify what it was.

I wanted to know where the origin of the word “mindset” even came from. The psychology of what mindset was is a simple idea discovered and exposed by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Over decades of research on achievement and success Carol discovered a simple idea that makes all the difference in achieving optimal growth. He categorized mindset into two dominant types, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. When you read Mindset by Carol Dweck for yourself, you’ll see how.

Mindsets are beliefs — beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can cultivate throughout your life?

People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that. If they have a lot, they’re all set, but if they don’t…well I am pretty sure you get it. So people in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.

People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Sure they’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things — not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan — without years of passionate practice and learning.

So as you can you see and what I learned, having the right kind of mindset and how you feed it can lead you anywhere you want to go. It can make all the difference in achieving your optimal you. Having both in play, well you win a NBA basketball title like the Cavs did.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

- Shawn


Originally published at writingwaves.squarespace.com.

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