Our mindset can be a powerful thing if utilized correctly. It can fuel our way to success, as well as hamper our growth to success. In other words, our mindset has the power to influence our behavior and how we view life.
So, how can one define a mindset? Generally, it can be defined as how a person thinks, and how he or she views himself. Additionally, Carol Dweck, author of the famous book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, defines it excellently. She states that a mindset is how one views himself or herself. In other words, a person’s own self- perception.
In her book, she continues to exploit the reality of a mindset, and the power it has over people’s lives. It is in her book, that we get to find out about the two types of mindsets: The fixed and the growth mindset. Each mindset intricately related, but very different. It is evident how the two types of mindsets dictate one’s life.
Fixed and Growth Mindset
A fixed mindset, is a harsher belief system, as compared to the growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities, talents, and skills are fixed and cannot be improved/ or grow. They also tend to view any type of disappointment as a failure in life. In other words, every factor in your life is limited and cannot be worked on or improved in any way.
Whereas, the growth mindset, just as the name suggests, focuses on growth. People with such a mindset believe that talents, abilities, and skills can be improved through learning. Such individuals are more eager to learn, embrace change and view disappointments much differently.
In a nutshell, if an individual with a fixed mindset faces any type of disappointment in their marriage or business, they give up. However, an individual with the growth mindset, they focus on improving their relationships by learning from their mistakes and correcting them.
A Positive Mindset
Here’s the good news: Mindsets can change. If you have a fixed mindset, you can work towards developing a growth mindset. Now, this isn’t exactly easy. Breaking the habit of how we think and how we view life can prove difficult, but it’s not impossible. It all starts with making a decision and then working your way towards it.
Here are a few tips to use, that can help you develop a positive mindset.
Have you ever heard of the self- fulfilling prophecy? It’s actually true. If you dwell on negative things, they actually tend to happen. The same applies if you dwell on positive things as well.
Stay Away From Negativity
This includes negative friends and family as well. Such people have a way of hampering your progress and throwing you right back into negative thinking again. Avoid negative people and any type of negativity in your life.
The one major reason most of our goals don’t pan out is our lack of commitment. You have to be committed to this change in your life and to always be thankful for the blessings in your life.
In conclusion, our mindset is a very powerful thing. It can dictate our behavior and our lives. Yet, we can still control it and change it for the better. Work to develop a growth mindset, to experience a more positive outlook on life.