Someone with a growth mindset views his abilities, talents are learnable and capable of improvement through effort. On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset views those same traits as inherently stable and unchangeable over time.
So how to develop a growth mindset?
Here are 3 steps to achieve it.
1. Develop self awareness. Acknowledge your fixed mindset beliefs and also identify the triggers that activate this mindset in you.
For example, you know that you can achieve a certain level in your career if you undertake some small training or strike a better work life balance etc, but you avoid taking that action because you believe that you might not be able to follow through. This pattern of thinking is preventing you from growing as a person and limiting your potential. So being aware of these limiting thoughts can help you make the desired changes.
2. Having identified your dysfunctional beliefs you should try to bring a change in perspective. You should know that these limiting beliefs are ingrained in you since many years and they would require patience and Persistence to change. So try to restructure them every day.
For doing this you can use affirmations, try to restructure your negative thoughts and replace them with positive self talk, hold yourself more accountable for the changes that you can bring in yourself.
TIP: Avoid using the word failure and replace it with learn.
3. Positive self talk would give very limiting benefits, if not paired up with action. So the last step is to take growth mindset actions. When you have worked upon eliminating/ replacing your negative beliefs with positive ones, try to find ways to take actions to make the desired changes in your life.
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