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Developing a Growth Mindset?

  • September 1, 2020
  • Written by Community Futures Meridian

Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, succinctly summarizes the idea of growth and fixed mindset by saying, “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).”

The question becomes, how do we develop a growth mindset? What does it take to shift from a fixed to a growth mindset?

First, we have to believe that we have the ability to grow and change through hard work, thoughtful plans and strategies, and being open to other people’s ideas and input. Having this belief then allows us to look at opportunities for growth and positive change. Here are a few thoughts on developing a growth mindset.

Having a Purpose

 We need to have a purpose and let others know what that purpose is. We need to be to be more accountable to both ourselves and others. It is important that we share our thoughts and goals as well as sharing our challenges and failures. Being more accountable makes it easier for us to focus on what is important to us. What is your “Why”?

“Success is not an accident, success is a choice.” - Stephen Curry, Professional Basketball Player

Learning from Mistakes

We need to truly learn from our failures. If we are reflective and able to focus on learning and growing from our mistakes, we will start to develop the foundation for a growth mindset. It is not about fixating on the failures, it is about learning from them and moving on. Learning from our failures allows us to develop good plans and strategies. We need to ask ourselves, what have we learned from our past accomplishments and mistakes?

“Failure is so important. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.” – J.K. Rowling

Putting in the Effort

To achieve the success we desire, we’ve got to be at 100 percent. True success is achieved by putting in both the time and the effort. Having talent does not ensure success, hard work and persistence are truly necessary. How much of an effort are we willing to put into realising our goals?

“Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work.” - Artur Rubenstein

To truly incorporate a growth mindset, we must at least incorporate the three parts that Dweck outlines in her summary: hard work, good strategies and input from others.

“Becoming is better than being” - Carol Dweck, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach, Motivated Coaching

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