The complete beginners guide to developing a growth mindset.
So you have finished or you are nearby finishing your studies in Communication from an elite college or university. Actually, you have given a great amount of time and effort to be accepted into your dream university, that big, now you are feeling kind of still and immobile. When you look back at your high school years, you had a goal; to be accepted at the college of your dreams and study a modern, competitive and creative subject, one that would motivate you every day and help you grow, personally and professionally, and succeed. But, now you are not moving at all and you don’t feel or see yourself succeed. You are wondering around from one job to another, looking for the motivation and for the passion once kept you going.
We all have been there, in your shoes not knowing where we belong, what keeps as moving or what to do in order to not give up. The good thing is that you can do something, the same thing as many before you did, in order to bring up the best version of yourself and grow.
It all begins with you. You are responsible for changing your perspective, your attitude, your mindset. You are responsible for learning how to fulfil your potential, starting from now!
Mindsets are beliefs, ideas you got about yourself; how smart or successful you are. Think about your basic qualities like intelligence, personality or talents. Are they just fixed traits of yours or they could be developed?
“You can learn new things but you cannot really change with your basic level of intelligence”.
If you answered “yes” to the above question then you have a Fixed mindset. According to Carol Dweck, the famous psychologist and author of the book, Mindset: The new psychology of success, “ In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits.” People with fixed mindsets are prone to believe that they are either smart of dump, and there is nothing they can do to change that. In other words, they think that the level of their intelligence, personality or talent, is static and it could not be improved by effort — and no effort is given. In this way, they may achieve less that their potential.
“In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” — Carol Dweck
A Growth mindset is the realisation that effort could only get you further. It could only improve you and help you achieve more. Being smart or talented is just the starting point. People with a growth mindset are led by the desire to learn more and see everyday practice as a path to mastery and higher levels of achievement and success.
The power of improving
Improvement is a continuous process. It takes a great deal of effort, practice and time. Developing a mindset that embraces effort isn’t that hard. You just have to work on it starting from the next 6 steps.
- Change your attitude about feedback. When your team members point out a mistake at your work don’t take that bad. On the other hand, see it as a chance to self-improvement. Try listening to them with a clear mind — don’t be biased. Then take some time to consider the reasons why they wanted to speak with you at the first place, what they told you about, what it is true, what it is not, and how you can change and do things differently the next time. Remember: feedback is here only to take you further!
- Never stop learning — Be curious. The main difference between a fixed and a growth mindset is learning. A person who is curious about how the world around him works wants to discover and learn more and more and more about it. Do the same!
- Yes! I failed! No one likes failing. It makes us feel useless, thinking that we tried so hard for nothing. Agreed but … Wrong! Change your mindset about failure. Failing is not the ending of your endeavours, it is just an obstacle in your way to success. You just have to overcome it and keep going. It is just a mean of learning. If you have tried something and failed, learn from it. Learn from your failures! Try again and again and again, don’t discourage yourself and never give up!
- Stick to your dreams. Follow that dream of yours. Trust yourself that you can accomplish it. Have faith that everything will work out. Maybe not right away but with hard work and persistence it will not take too long.
- Stay positive. Life has the tendency to bring you down. Make you feel that nothing you can do can change things. Well, let me inform you that YOU can change everything. The little trick is to see the glass half-full, even when it seems not. Not an easy task to do! Just try to think about the things you have achieved so far. Things that keep you going and help you stick to the plan.
- Take ownership of your work and your actions. Stop seeking approval. Stop blaming others. You are the only responsible for your own actions and decisions as far on changing yourself. You are the only person to work with and on, day by day. Work hard to change your mindset step by step. Acknowledge your work and decision making and embrace yourself. Acknowledge your efforts and be the only manager of you.
- Make a new goal for every one accomplished. Once you have finished a goal or accomplished a dream don’t just stop. Don’t stay still and pursue your next big goal. In this way, you will never stop growing.
“In a growth mindset threatenings are excited rather than threatening. So, rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow”
— Carol Dweck
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