Why should you have a growth mindset over a fixed mindset?
Written by: Megan Bauer
A person's mindset is one of the most critical tools in their life. A mindset can allow you to adapt to your everyday life. As a matter of fact, research shows that having different mindsets can play a significant role in your life. People that tend to have a more adaptive mindset usually become more successful than those who tend to be more stuck in their ways.
When you are able to shift your mindset, you become better suited for the challenges that may arise in your life. When you learn to embrace these challenges and push past them you are training your mind to become more resilient, and this can help your health improve drastically. Research shows that people who adapt and show substantial amounts of resilience in their lives improve their mental health by having less stress, anxiety, and sadness.
Mindsets that are strong and positive help you develop higher self-esteem as well. Your mind will feel more powerful because you have proven to yourself that you can get past difficulties and come out stronger. By developing an adaptive and powerful mindset you are reinforcing your personal beliefs and you will be able to create better feelings and attitudes not only for yourself but also for others around you.
Do you usually give up on tasks that you think are too challenging? Do you believe that you cannot improve on certain aspects of your life? Are you scared to fail in front of others? Do you get intimidated if someone is better at something than you?
If you answered yes to the majority of these questions you might have a fixed mindset. It is perfectly okay to have a fixed mindset, but this mindset might not make you the best you there can be.
When you have a fixed mindset you usually have a tendency to believe that the way you were born is the way you will always be. You will not be able to become smarter, if you are not good at something you will never be good at it, you have a fear of failure, etc. When you think like this you begin to develop mental blocks in your life. You will have a tendency not to push yourself because you are worried that others might judge you in case you fail. While failure might seem scary at the moment, it is important to fail in life. If you allow yourself to only be successful you will never learn new skills that you might actually have.
Life may be so much easier when all you do is succeed, but there is so much more to learn in life, and failure can allow you to find different ways to improve and learn. While it is scary to not know how to handle certain situations it could almost be scarier to never try them out. Life is all about gaining new experiences and learning new skills but this is only possible if you allow yourself to learn from your mistakes and adapt to make those mistakes successful.
Having a growth mindset allows you to embrace challenges and learn from your mistakes. You become more adaptive in your everyday lives and accept different challenges in order to improve your skills and mastery in certain areas of your life. The more challenges you face in your life the more you increase not only your ability and skills but also your personal achievements. Developing a growth mindset also allows you to be more open-minded in order to accept different perspectives on tasks, which allows you to take ownership and accountability in your life.
In order to develop a growth mindset, it is important to write down your goals for your current situation and for your future self. By writing down your goals you will set a path for your future self to become successful and you can also plan out how you hope to succeed in these goals. This gives you the drive and motivation to succeed and fight for what you want with persistence. When you allow yourself to fail you might hear criticism from others, but this criticism can help you find different and new ways to prevail. You will find yourself becoming inspired by others' achievements because you are allowing yourself to learn and analyze their strategies.
How are you going to improve?
Now it is time to take a look at yourself. Write down your goals and aspirations in life for your current self and your future self, and try to come up with different ways to achieve these goals. By doing this you are already taking your first step toward becoming your best self. Life coaching is similar to this. When you have a life coach you are more inclined to develop a growth mindset because your coach will not be afraid to tell you that you might have made mistakes. Your coach wants you to see things from different perspectives in order to improve yourself and become as successful as possible, but that is only viable if you have an open mind in the process. Push yourself and fight for what you want in your life. Your journey begins now.