Fixed Mindset. Growth Mindset. Here’s your a “How to…”
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- Avoid challenges
- Give up easily
- See effort as fruitless
- Ignore or feel challenged by useful negative feedback
- Feel threatened by the success of others.
- Embrace challenges
- Persist in the face of setbacks
- See effort as a path to mastery
- Learn from criticism
- Find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
Fixed Mindset Voice Vs Growth Mindset Voice
- Listen for those negative, below-the-line statements you’re so good at bringing to your frontal lobe. The below-the-line statements are usually in the form of a question. Your voice might say “Am I sure I can do it? Maybe I’m not good enough.” “What if I fail—I’ll be a failure”; “People will laugh at me for thinking I had talent.” “If I don’t try, I’ll need to protect myself and keep my dignity.”
The Voice Continues
- The voice continues, especially if you hit a setback. For example, your voice might say, “This would have been a snap if I really had talent.” “You see, I told you it was a risk. Now I’ve gone and shown the world how limited I am.”, “ It’s not too late to back out, make excuses, and try to regain my dignity.”
- You have a choice. How you percept and interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed mindset talents or abilities are limited or lacking. Or you can interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort. You’ll stretch yourself, expand your abilities and accept that you’re about to learn something about yourself.
Growth Mindset Voice
- Use your growth mindset voice. As you approach a challenge think of the growth mindset answers. This is one of my favourites and the inner voice sounds like this “I don’t know how I’m going to do this, and I’m going to do it anyway”. “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn to with time and effort”. “Most successful people had failures along the way”. “If I don’t try, I automatically fail. Where’s the dignity in that?”. as you face criticism, “This is about responsibility, I can’t fix it. Let me listen—however painful it is– and learn whatever I can.”.
As you take the growth mindset action and remember over time, which voice you listen to becomes your choice. You’ll learn to:
- Take on a challenge wholeheartedly,
- Learn from your setbacks and try again
- Hear a criticism and act on it knowing the outcome is now in your hands.
Have an outstanding day.