Mindset. Fixed mindset. Growth mindset

One way or the other you probably bumped into discussion on mindset. We all did. I still wonder if those who talk about it really have the same understanding of what mindset means. 

A mindset is an established set of attitudes of a person concerning culture, values, philosophy, frame of mind, outlook, and disposition.

 It may reflect a person’s worldview or beliefs about the meaning of life.

I may also be described as the filter though which you see the world.

Your personalized filter that you have on all the time, it influences how you see the world, the people, how you interact, how you learn and grow or how you keep yourself isolated and stuck also. 

Why is it important? 

We take pride in saying we are open minded even if at times it may not be completely true, see here why I say that ….

What we forget that being open minded has also to mean that you are not stuck into a fixed mindset.

To be open minded, to have an open mind, is the willingness to seek and accept evidence, even if it is against your beliefs, plans and goals. Openness to properly evaluate these when they are available. Don’t confuse being open-minded with being undecided, contemptuous or unable to think for oneself!

An open-minded person listens to his “opponent” in a debate to see if the information makes sense, or if it makes sense to change his mind. Open minded means to consider different opinions and ideas without considering them worse than your own!

An open mind is one that keeps itself in a growth mindset.

What is a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? 

People with a growth mindset believe that their abilities can be developed and improved over time, while those with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities are innate and cannot be changed. 

What that means and how you make the difference?

You may have a fixed mindset if  more often than not you: 

  • avoid challenges
  • avoid or refuse feedback
  • focus on proving yourself 
  • feel threatened by others success 
  • avoid new/unfamiliar things
  • can’t accept failure or mistake is normal
  • believe that all is luck or talent 

You have a growth mindset if more often than not you :

  • see the opportunity not just the difficulty
  • embrace constructive feedback
  • focus on the process not just the end result
  • get inspired by others success 
  • learn from mistakes 
  • don’t avoid stepping our of your comfort zone 
  • believe that luck and talent is based on improving yourself 

Research has shown that individuals with a growth mindset tend to be more resilient, persistent, and motivated. I am sure we can see why.

Those with a growth mindset are more likely to take on new challenges and learn new skills, leading to career advancement and personal growth. They are also more likely to collaborate with others and seek out feedback, which can lead to improved performance and better relationships. 

At times it also means you have to be patient and compassionate with yourself in your learning process because we like it or not, sucking at something new is normal but your mindset will decide if you see it as a risk and avoid it or as an opportunity to be brave and go for it!

I leave you with a questions : 

Who enjoys life more? A fixed or a growth mindset?

Be Brave Enough to Suck at Something New | by Linda Horton | Life's Funny |  Medium

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