Carol Dweck first introduced the growth mindset concept in her book named “Mindset.” The growth mindset proposes that you can improve yourself to become better at something through hard work and dedication. It is opposed to the fixed mindset, which tells us that our qualities are set in stone, i.e., they cannot be changed.
It means you cannot improve at something without being born with certain skills!
The key difference between these two mindsets is how people deal with failure. People with a fixed mindset tend to see failures as evidence of their lack of ability or potential.
As a result, they will often shy away from challenges because this exposure might prove them unworthy in their own eyes, reinforcing the idea that they aren’t good enough.
On the other hand, the growth mindset allows you to see failure as a learning opportunity and evidence that you can improve your abilities!
So how does this apply to self improvement and living life in general?
For starters, we must shift our focus from results and outcomes to process and effort.
Easier said than done, I know! How we view personal change is closely linked with our perception of success.
Unfortunately, society tends to value immediate results over hard work and dedication.
The direction we go towards will depend on whether we focus on what others have versus what we lack. Either we will become obsessed with what others have or crave more. This is why it’s so crucial to have a growth mindset.
There is no room for comparison when you constantly try to improve your abilities because you are too busy improving yourself!
So we can now begin to see that the fixed mindset is limiting and toxic!
So how do we cultivate a growth mindset toward self improvement? If you are looking for tips straight away, here they are:
10 Simple Ways To Build A Growth Mindset
Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
New Skills Require Failure And Practice
Learn From Your Mistakes
Use Feedback To Your Advantage
Improve Yourself Every Day
Never Settle For “Good Enough”
Don’t Fear Failure – Embrace It As Feedback
Accept What You Can’t Control
Think Of Your Mindsets As Skills That Must Be Practiced
1) Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
We are often too busy looking at what others have instead of focusing on what we lack. Unfortunately, this will only hold you back from self improvement because there is no room for growth when you are too busy comparing yourself to your peers!
2) New Skills Require Failure And Practice
The more new skills you learn, the higher the possibility of failure. However, don’t let this demotivate you! Instead, embrace these failures because they are an excellent opportunity to learn and grow into something bigger.
3) Learn From Your Mistakes
Mistakes allow us to revise our beliefs and assumptions. Moreover, we learn more from our mistakes than we ever would from success because failure forces us to question our methods and try something new! Don’t be afraid to fail – that’s how you will eventually succeed!
4) Use Feedback To Your Advantage
Receive criticism without being offended. Remember that everybody is entitled to their opinion, even if it’s incorrect or fair. The important part is what you do with this feedback, not whether someone else agrees.
5) Improve Yourself Every Day
Be passionate about self improvement! Find something new that interests you and see how far you can take it. You need a passion for life to succeed, so don’t let the fixed mindset ruin your journey! By focusing on improvement instead of comfort, you push your boundaries and challenge the status quo.
6) Never Settle For “Good Enough”
One of the most important mindsets you must embrace is that you can always do better. Just because you achieved something doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement; celebrate little victories and keep pushing yourself to improve!
Accept nothing less than greatness. Otherwise, it’s not worth your time and effort.
However, if you aspire for excellence, aim as high as humanly possible and never settle for good enough (even if it means finding something new)! This separates those who make their mark on this world from those who don’t.
7) Don’t Fear Failure – Embrace It As Feedback
The fear of failure is a major roadblock. Instead of being afraid, think of failure as a helpful tool to get the feedback you need to improve yourself. If you embrace failures, you can learn from them and easily escape your comfort zones. Failures teach us what to do to succeed, so why avoid them?
8) Practice Mindfulness
Did you know that your emotions can make or break you? Your mindset is influenced by your thoughts and the feelings tied to them. So if you are anxious, depressed, or lack motivation, practicing mindfulness can help!
What Is Mindfulness? It’s the ability to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment without getting carried away by our negative thought patterns/emotions. This mental state is achieved when we nonjudgmentally pay close attention to the present moment. This simple state of being might be hard to obtain initially, but it gets much more accessible with time.
9) Accept What You Can’t Control
You must learn how to accept the things you cannot change if you want to improve yourself! In addition, you must realize nobody is in control except you, meaning there will always be roadblocks and obstacles in your way. The only difference between those who succeed and fail is what they do when encountering these inevitable problems!
10) Think Of Your Mindsets As Skills That Must Be Practiced
You can’t expect to improve overnight if it takes you years to develop a fixed mindset. Think of your mindsets as skills that must be practiced, just like learning to ride a bike! The more time and effort you put into them, the better you’ll become, meaning it’s okay if they are not where you want them to be yet because it won’t take long for them to catch up.
I hope you enjoyed this article and have a better understanding of how your mindset can affect your motivation. Remember, all it takes is the right mindset in the right moment for success to be yours, so remember that you can always do more than you think your limits are.
Don’t allow yourself to get weighed down by other people’s opinions or expectations because there will always be someone who doesn’t support your dreams.
Instead of seeing them as roadblocks, focus on getting past them and proving these people wrong!
The only limitations we ever face in life are those we place upon ourselves (James J. Corbett).
Remember that whatever goal you set for yourself, it’s okay if things don’t go as planned because this means you’ve learned what not to do and can now move forward!
If you make mistakes remember every failure is an opportunity for improvement.
The only difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that successful people are willing to start over again after every failure!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments below!