10 steps to a growth mindset at any stage in life

Suzanne Mountain
Jun 22, 2018 · 5 min read
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Changing Your Mindset.

Here are my top tips for developing a growth mindset.

  1. Focus on the experience as well as the end result. Enjoy the experience of what you learn whilst you are working towards your goal. It is not all about the end result.
  2. Acknowledge your imperfections. Hiding from your imperfections means that you will never grow. So acknowledge them and recognise that it is ok to be imperfect.
  3. Stop assuming that imperfect is not good enough. Many of us fail to make progress because we fear failure and want to get everything 100% correct. However, this can mean that we never try doing anything new and this can lead to us automatically failing to achieve all we could.
  4. View challenges as opportunities for growth. Each time you try something new you will learn and grow. If you keep going with the cycle ‘do, reflect, learn, redo, reflect, learn’ you will be improving each time.
  5. Learn to hear and name your fixed mindset voice. Everyone has a fixed mindset sometimes. We are all a mixture of both. Recognise when you’re coming from a fixed mindset position and challenge yourself to re-frame your thoughts. For example, your inner head tapes might say to you ‘What if you fail? You’ll be a failure.’ You then replace it with a growth mindset statement such as ‘Most people have failed at some time and at least I will have tried. I will also learn something during the process’.
  6. Use the word ‘yet’. Within this concept ‘yet’ is a very powerful word as it is full of opportunity and potential. There is a big difference between ‘I can’t speak French’ and ‘I can’t speak French yet’.
  7. Accept feedback. Take any feedback you are given and look at it carefully. What can you learn from it? What could you do differently next time? What feedback would you give yourself? Being able to give yourself constructive criticism is an important part of a growth mindset.
  8. Celebrate growth. Acknowledge your progress and celebrate your growth with others. Doing this will encourage you to keep going when it gets tough.
  9. Celebrate Success. Always take a moment to celebrate your success. Too often we move onto the next thing without acknowledging the hard work we have put it. When you are ready to move to the next goal.

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Suzanne Mountain

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I support stressed and overwhelmed business owners and professionals who have reached an impasse & know that something needs to change. www.suzannemountain.com

Thrive Global

More than living. Thriving.

Suzanne Mountain

Written by

I support stressed and overwhelmed business owners and professionals who have reached an impasse & know that something needs to change. www.suzannemountain.com

Thrive Global

More than living. Thriving.

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