Did you ever wonder if you can change your mindset? While doing research, I found this book, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. She talks about the difference between fixed and growth mindset. Here is the difference between fixed and growth mindset.
The Difference between Fixed mindset and Growth mindset
Fixed mindsets can stop you from seeing the beauty of the process and seeing what you have accomplished. Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. says, "In a fixed mindset, it is not enough just to succeed. It is not enough just to look smart and talented. You have to be pretty much flawless. And you have to be flawless right away... After all, if you have it, you have it, and if you don’t know you don’t…" from mindsetonline.com(no longer in existence).
A growth mindset allows you to learn and change that mindset easier. The definition of a growth mindset from mindsetworks.com is "the understanding of intelligence and abilities as qualities we can develop, has been shown over and over to have powerful ramifications on student motivation and learning, and school success. " By the way, this site offers services to help students be more growth-minded.
While pondering these definitions, I came up with some starter questions to help determine my mindset. Feel free to use it to help you learn yours.
- Where am I now in my perception of where I want to be? Am I fulfilled but not happy?
- Am I looking at my future optimistically? Or do I foresee the same things happening over and over?
- Am I making my decisions from past actions? Do I feel I am not intelligent enough to make a change in my life?
- Am I willing to clear those thoughts? Or do I think those thoughts are set in stone and can't be changed?
- If I could change those thoughts, what thoughts would I put in their place?
I hope these questions help you start determining how fixed you are with your mindset. It helped me.
Listening to where you came from in your mindset and replacing those thoughts with the growth mindset will help get you to where you want to be in your life.
How to change your mindset
A great way to change your mindset is to tell yourself over and over that you want to learn and grow. Each morning, you may want to say to yourself while looking in a mirror, I am open to change and learning something new. Creating your favorite mantra also works well. But, be vigilant, do it every day no matter what or wherever you are. I find to keep the change going; I must be committed to making a move. So, to start to be more committed to change, I will do this to reinforce I am ready for my life to change.
I also find that reevaluating your surroundings and the people and friends you see on a regular basis helps too. Make an effort to determine if you are around toxic people. Do they often have a cynical look on life? Do they express it to you? Any comment or remark you are exposed to on a regular basis can ingrain themselves in you without you even knowing it.
Another area to analyze is what you watch and listen to on social media. Scrutinize what you are hearing and ask yourself, "Is this something that will help me change me?" or "Is this a positive motivation that will influence me to become an even better person?". These questions will help you see if your surroundings are making you who you are but not who you want to be.
I hope this helps motivate you to change your unwanted mindset.
If you took the test, what were the results? What did you learn about yourself after reading the questions above? Please leave a comment below.
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