So many people are their own obstacle for success and personal happiness. They have a fixed mindset instead of a growth mindset.
Carol Dweck, a researcher at Stanford University, well–known for her work on “the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset.” describes the difference between these two mindsets and how they impact our performance:
"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."
— Carol Dweck, researcher at Stanford University
People who have a growth mindset are more likely to maximize their potential. They tend to learn from criticism rather than ignoring it, to overcome challenges rather than avoiding them, and to find inspiration in the success of others rather than feeling threatened.
If you believe things about yourself like …
- I am not a natural athlete
- I am not a math person
- I am not creative
- It's hard for me to lose weight
you have a fixed mindset and don't trust yourself.
You are afraid to fail.
And in the long run your fixed mindset hinders your ability to learn, grow and develop new skills.
How may we change our mindset?
So easy - through the right thinking. Never let results define you - your talent, your scores, your weight, your job, your performance, your appearance - you only become the victim of a fixed mindset. When you dedicate yourself to showing up each day and focusing on the habits that perform a better identity, that's when you learn and develop. It's your daily actions that will change what you believe about yourself. It's about setting a schedule and sticking to it. Not results matter, building the right identity matters.
DON'T TRY TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP ...
DON'T TRY TO WRITE A BESTSELLER ...
DON'T TRY TO GETTING SIX PACK ABS ...
... train, write and be active on a consistent basis and develop the right thinking and identity behind!
Read the article: http://jamesclear.com/fixed-mindset-vs-growth-mindset
(Graphic by James Clear)