WHAT HAVING A "GROWTH MINDSET" ACTUALLY MEANS


Welcome to the STRUGZ platform where life principles, careers, and business tips are shared. This week’s edition will help you understand why having a growth mindset is pertinent to being successful. Our thought processes shape our belief system, and our belief system form our mindset. Our conscious and unconscious beliefs play very essential roles in our mindset. Having a limiting belief system could birth a fixed mindset while a limitless belief system could produce a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is a belief that you can do anything if you work for it. A fixed mindset assumes that our character, personality and intelligence are unchangeable; that we are who we are, what we are which can never be changed in any meaningful way. A growth mindset, on the other hand, thrives on challenges and sees failures not as evidence of unintelligence but as a springboard propelling one for growth and stretching our existing abilities. A growth mindset believes that if one does not have the skills or capabilities needed to start or complete a project, it can be learned. However, an individual with a fixed mindset in the same kind of situation would automatically process things to mean they are not in the position nor are they capable of performing.

A fixed mindset sees financial status or wealth as a benchmark for success while a growth mindset sees possibilities in every aspect of life and the lives of others. Success isn’t just for successful people; it is earned which is the ideology a growth mindset lives by. They believe they can also earn success and have programmed their mindset to accept that “If you imagine less, less will undoubtedly be what you deserve”

HOW DO YOU DEVELOP A GROWTH MINDSET?

Developing a growth mindset takes conscious effort, time, energy, and resources.

  • Deliberate, laser-focused actions are needed to develop a growth mindset

  • Embrace challenges and see them as opportunities

  • Persists in the face of setbacks and see ‘failures’ as learning opportunities

  • Think “why not me” every time

  • Cultivate a sense of purpose

  • Find lessons and inspirations in the life of others.

BENEFITS OF A GROWTH MINDSET

People with a growth mindset:

  • Actively seek learning opportunities which usually lead to career success

  • Understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, persistency, and consistency

  • Value their efforts regardless of the outcome

  • See failure as an opportunity to grow.

Developing a growth mindset is essential for success. A mind that has been reset and reprogrammed to a growth mindset subconsciously thinks and takes actions that are in sync with their mindset.

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