Do you have a strong, action mindset needed to create the life of your dreams? Do you have a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset? Do you know the differences and which one is more prone to success?
In this post, we will discuss the concept of “mindset,” discuss a Fixed versus Growth mindset, whether it is possible to shift your mindset, and then give you action steps to help you to be able to adopt a rich growth mindset.
What Is A Mindset?
We, humans, are consciously and unconsciously thinking most of the time. It’s just what we do. Have you ever thought about how you think and what it entails? Even more important, does your current thought process support you in creating the life you want. Do you understand the power of an action mindset and what you can achieve as a result?
You see the world based on your own perspective. In essence, we all have what’s called our “mindset.” In simple terms, your mindset is your collection of beliefs, thoughts, and attached emotions you have accumulated in your life, which you are constantly using.
Most of these are sitting below conscious thought and only
surface when triggered. The real trick is, do you have a mindset that supports your quality of life, at least one that you want?
Your collection of beliefs, thoughts, and emotions will act as a screen between you and the world. Your mindset will hugely affect how you see the world and interact with every experience. It will determine your relationship with all aspects of your day-to-day experiences.
Your Mindset will affect your success, relationships with others and yourself, your quality of life and contribute to your overall quality of life. How you interact with the world is based on your perceptions. More importantly, your perceptions are dictated to you by your mindset.
Most People Take Their Mindset For Granted
Are you one of the majority that gives your mindset little thought? Unfortunately, not very many people reflect on what makes up their mindset. When you struggle with the results in your life, do you look inside for answers? Do you ask yourself, “how can I do this differently,” or do you focus on things outside of yourself for solutions?
Unfortunately, very few people think about how their own collection of beliefs affects their interaction with the world. Hopefully, you are not one of these, or you are now ready to make changes.
You Got Your Mindset Randomly
You may not think about that in many aspects; you get the contents of your mindset in a somewhat random process. When you are under age 7, you basically absorb everything around you. A lot of your core foundation came from those around you, who, in many cases, may not have been the best influence for long-term success.
Most were passed on to us by the people around us, focusing on our primary caregivers. As I’ve mentioned a few times before, a problem is that many of our beliefs are multigenerational, even though they may not have served any generation. It’s not very often that people take the time to understand their own history and the validity of their belief systems.
You are likely running around under the illusion that you are a freethinker or that your conscious thoughts are in control of your life. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many things that drive you can even come from many previous generations. This is especially true about relationships, beliefs, and things like governments, beliefs about self-esteem, the value of money, the possibilities of success, or the possibility of excelling in life.
Growth Versus Fixed Mindset
Two categories of mindset highlighted these days are referred to as what’s known as a “fixed” or “growth” mindset. These two categories have different underlying beliefs and limitations, and depending on which one you have, it can make a massive difference to your overall quality of life.
Is your central belief that everything is possible, or do you believe everything is preordained. Do you look at obstacles as stepping stones to something more or as a solid wall where you need to stop?
These two simple examples outline very different ways of seeing the world.
This article will discuss a couple of the key components, specifically a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. While there is a gradient scale, people can focus more on one category than the other. Let’s look at the two of them briefly so that you can understand which one you have.
A Growth Mindset
If you have a growth mindset, you will focus on ways to grow and possibilities for growth. A person with this rich mindset thrives on challenges and new experiences and sees them merely as stepping stones to new opportunities.
This mindset believes in learning from your mistakes and your setbacks and then using them to create something new. As a result, you will find lots of room for making new results.
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A Fixed Mindset
On the other hand, if you have a fixed mindset, you will tend towards the status quo and structure. You will usually shy away from being an entrepreneur. People with fixed mindsets like fields such as academics, government, intelligence, etc., as the process is generally quite structured and things naturally don’t change. In essence, they can have a reasonably close mind and shy away from growth or challenges.
How to Shift to a Growth Mindset
Either growth or fixed mindset or just a state of mind her way of thinking. Adopting a different mindset requires an awareness of how you think now and taking on new strategies to expand possibilities. So, how do you learn to take on a Growth Mindset?
There are a series of new skills that you can take on to shift to a growth mindset:
Rise to the Challenge.
If you want to gain a growth mindset, you need to learn to step past barriers from the past. You’ll need to learn to embrace and master challenges and see setbacks as opportunities. This requires being conscious of the old patterns that would have stopped you in the past.
With the help of your conscious mind, you have to reprogram your subconscious mind to overcome anything that would’ve stopped you from trying and mastering something new.
When you exercise your brain, you can create new neural connections that expand your mind capabilities. Your conscious and subconscious mind has to learn new patterns of being. Find something you have not tried before and set a goal to accomplish this. Even better, you can find something that you would not have done in the past as it might’ve stretched you.
Once you start, be conscious of anything thoughts arise that try to stop you! Simply use the phrase “Cancel, Clear.” Next, use affirmations such as “I can do this!”, “This will be easy! I can learn new skills.
Give yourself time
It may take weeks to adopt this new behavior, and the more you do, the easier it will be to integrate this into yourself. The great benefit here is that the more you do this, the more you stretch your mind and learn new behaviors, the easier it becomes.
Initially, you may have fears and come up, but this will pass. In a short while, you will no longer have to consciously confirm your new action as it will become a part of you!
Once your mind recognizes the benefits of trying something new and that you are safe, you will realize it no longer has to hold onto old fears that kept you stuck.
The change process will shortly become a positive experience in your life. Instead of fearing change as you had, you will now come to clearly realize that it brings you joy, more capabilities, etc., and many new rewards, etc.
The more effort you put in, the more results and rewards you will experience. If you continually challenge old behaviors and learn new behaviors, you will begin to experience new rewards quickly, and you will notice a shift. You will start to challenge your own status quo.
Soon your overall mindset will focus on taking action and experiencing your results. The more effort in, the more results you will create. The great news is that it doesn’t even have to stop. Once you start making new and powerful results, the more you will enjoy this new life you created.
Reach for Higher Goals
In the ever notice that some people set the bar a bit higher, try new things, and work harder? Just because you have had to work harder in the past, limited by your fixed mindset, does not mean you cannot be more successful with the change of viewpoint. Take some time to examine a specific area of your life, and see where you can think outside the box, enter new territories, and achieve higher goals.
After all, anyone who has made a medical breakthrough or achieved a higher goal has probably done so by working harder, trying new things, and stretching themselves way outside their old comfort zone.
You Can Do This!
We are either gifted or limited by our own mindset, something that we got for the most part randomly in our life.
People with a fixed mindset can limit themselves unknowingly based on how they currently see the world. They can see things as being ordained or just the way things are.
Someone with a Growth Mindset instead will see a world full of possibilities, where obstacles are simply stepping grounds to something new and exciting.
Mindset is only a way of looking at things, and it’s not ingrained in stone. Moving from a fixed mindset to a growth-based one is possible with a few minor changes and some concrete action.
The benefits are significant as a Growth-based mindset opens the world up to new possibilities.