So often, we get stuck in a pattern of how we do things and find ourselves hesitant to try new things, to push ourselves out of our comfort zone, or to give something more effort than we ever have before. We often live by the mantra, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” or, “good is good enough.” But what if, though not broken or bad, it could become better or even great? What if a change in mindset could get us even more than we ever imagined?! It’s a simple yet powerful tool that we all have access to that allows us to grow our successes when we decide to make a change.
In a fixed mindset, people tend to just accept things for how they are. People who are stuck in this state of mind believe that their talent, or lack thereof, is innately inherent. But instead of getting fixated on the numbers, results, and how much you get done, you’d be better to focus on your attitude—which has direct implications on the progress that you make. It affects how you respond to obstacles, your productivity, and how well you work with others. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dr. Carol Dweck speaks to this.
In a growth mindset, you put forth the effort to develop your skills and talents as you acknowledge the value and importance of learning and growing in all that you do. While we often go back and forth between these two mindsets, it’s important to keep working and pushing yourself towards the growth mindset. Utilizing the skill of shifting your mindset in your daily tasks, especially in your work, will bring you more success and achievement as you focus your energy on growth. Knowing what you need to do is one thing but figuring out how to make these changes happen is another.
Here are six ways you can take action to build your growth mindset:
Grow your strengths.
We all have areas we excel in and areas where we shine. Knowing and recognizing these can allow you to flourish when you learn to tap into them and build upon these areas in which you already feel confident. There is always room for growth, so by finding ways to improve upon these “natural talents” by using practice and precise development strategy, you will exceed your previous idea of what you once thought you were capable of.
Find your purpose.
When you find meaning and value in what you do, you’ll be more intent on embracing a growth mindset. When you find ways to make an impact and achieve things you are passionate about, you will be more likely to push through the challenges you face as you work towards success in any endeavor you encounter. As you approach resistance with purpose, you will overcome peaks that you previously thought to be the highest of the mountain.
We make our biggest strives in learning when we proceed after we fail. Failure is not something to be ashamed or embarrassed by, but rather something to find the lesson to learn. Change happens when we approach something differently, so by finding ways to grow from a failed experience, you will learn how to drive your resilience to succeed. When you hide your failure away, you will be more likely to keep repeating the same mistakes, and you won’t be able to escape the fixed mindset.
Put in the effort.
Just knowing what to do and putting yourself in the growth mindset isn’t going to be enough to drive you to success if you aren’t willing to put in the work to get you there. Deciding to get into the growth mindset is usually the hardest part, so this isn’t the time to sit back and let life happen to you. Instead, delegate your power and energy to make progress towards your goals.
Seek out the challenges.
Obstacles will only be in your way when you don’t believe you can overcome them. They are placed in front of us as an opportunity to challenge our approach and to give us a new perspective on how to get around and over them. When you look for the challenge in what you are doing and don’t settle for the familiar or easy way out, you will grow and find another more fruitful path to success.
Make way for new experiences.
Our comfort zone is a trap. It’s a place where we can live but can’t truly thrive. In our comfort zone, we will forever remain in the fixed mindset, and we will be unable to see the potential that comes from doing things we’ve never done before. When you dabble in something new, you get a taste of the opportunity of change that will ultimately lead you to the success you are craving. Routines can give us predictability and comfort—unfortunately, they keep us from growing. Little changes in routine, and small ventures out into the unfamiliar, will stretch your comfort diameter and make way for new successes.
Implement these six ideas into your life, and you’ll be making your way towards the growth end of the spectrum in no time. You’ll be amazed at what you achieve.
“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” – Dale Carnegie