Yes, there is such a thing as a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Understanding how each one can influence your life is pretty simple.
Imagine you have a boat…lucky you! Now, are you happy to just let it be anchored and just sit there? Or would you prefer to get out onto the open water and feel the power?
Letting the boat just sit there, gently bobbing away isn’t going to get you anywhere. It has the capability to move forward into exciting waters, but you just let it carry on being tethered. It’s too much effort to fit an outboard motor to get you places.
Instead, why not fit that motor to take you to places you wouldn’t normally see? Feel the breeze in your hair, the bounce of the waves and the adrenalin of moving forward at speed.
With a little application, your fixed mindset can become untethered to enjoy new experiences into growth mindset.
If your mind is set from an early age, it’s never too late to alter it to a growth mindset. Of course, someone with a fixed mindset would find this a tiresome challenge and would rather go on through life always being the one who wonders why good and exiting things never happen to them.
There are many types of Mindset, but the main one is the frame of mind that governs how our life pans out.
Some Examples of a Fixed Mindset May Include:
- Having doubts about one’s abilities
- A negative view of life
- Low self esteem
- Hesitation about learning new things
A Person With a Growth Mindset May Exude:
- A Can-do attitude
- Confidence in themselves.
- The want to learn new things.
- A positive attitude to life
You don’t need to be smart to learn new skills, all it takes is a confident mindset. With a doubting mindset, the ability to learn is quashed under the weight of lack of self-esteem.
You may think you’ve reached the end of your ability to learn…after all, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?
Nonsense. Anyone can change their mindset from negative to positive with a little work. Those tasks that you thought were beyond you in a fixed mindset will become a welcome challenge in a growth mindset.
I’ve heard people say “No, I can’t do that. Anyway, I’m too stuck in my ways“. I find that a defeatist and sad opinion of themselves. What they really mean is it’s too much effort, I’m in my comfort zone.
A person with a growing mindset would look at the situation differently and enjoy the challenge ahead of them. If they failed, at least they would have drawn experience from the task and learned something new.
Do you have a stubborn and fixed mindset? Do you want to get out of that mindset and start seeing an upturn in life’s events?
It’s a challenge right off the bat and you must WANT to change for it to happen. Saying you want to change but find it bothersome is perhaps an admission that you’re quite happy to stay the way you are.
How a Fixed Mindset Influences Your Life
You have trouble believing anything positive can come from effort. You have trouble opening your mind to new thoughts and opinions. In effect, you have a closed mind and refuse to accept that you are sometimes wrong when challenged.
Maybe you think the way you live your life is set in stone and can’t be changed, therefore, not willing to change because, well, it would be pointless.
Perhaps you don’t like to be embarrassed if you’re unable to solve a problem, so you don’t even try. Negative criticism leaves you angry. Lead a simple life with no excitement with no goals is OK. You don’t have enough confidence to debate an argument about something you’re passionate about. You don’t want to end up embarrassed.
The Qualities of a Growth Mindset:
A growth mindset person will believe the efforts will be worthwhile and is willing to listen to people’s opinions, even though they may disagree with them. You are prepared to take advice and prepared to admit you were wrong, but quite prepared to challenge it if you are factually right.
An individual is always trying to better their life in ways that have a positive outcome. They believe some things can always be improved upon. You’re willing to learn new stuff. If a problem arises, you are quite happy to find a solution, even though it may not be the answer. Never afraid to speak up and air your views in a productive way.
When bad things happen, you look upon them as a lesson learned and when good things happen you also learn from them. You are prepared to accept constructive criticism.
The difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset is like night and day. And the good news is that you don’t need anyone but yourself to make it happen.
The mind is both a wonderful and dangerous thing. If we let in negativity and doubt instead of positivity and trust we can expect to receive the relevant results.
Get Rid Of the Negativity
It’s no wonder that a fixed mindset is associated with depression. A person suffering from depression can see no point in doing anything positive and therefore find themselves in a downward spiral of negativity. A fixed mindset will also stagnate with views and opinions held from an early age.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see good in people? How about seeing two sides of an argument for a change? How about walking in another’s shoes one day, one less fortunate than yourself?
A person with a growth mindset would welcome those tasks and learn from them. And feel darned good about it too.
Take a long deep look at your mindset right now. Is it a fixed mindset that won’t listen? Or a growth mindset that is prepared to learn further?