Brains and talent alone don’t guarantee success. Our mindset dictates the way we think and our actions. Mindset is defined as:
1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations.
2. An inclination or a habit.
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, with decades of research on achievement and success, discovered the power of our mindset. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success she explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.
What we think and say to ourselves can be the difference between the status quo and living the life we want and deserve. Most of what holds us back comes from within rather than what others think of us or our circumstances.
If you want to start making changes in your life then start with your mindset. Make changes in the mindset areas that are acting as the roadblocks to your success.
Here are some simple ideas to help you in the journey to change from a fixed to a more growth mindset.
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on you! What you want to do and achieve.
- Recognize your fixed mindset and understand that you have choices. You don’t have to keep reacting to the same situations in the same way. You have a choice!
- Stop thinking that you have to be perfect at something to do it. Don’t abandon your goals because you don’t know everything. People with great success in life fail most of the time but they keep “doing” it because they know only through practice will they achieve their goals.
- Talk back to your fixed mindset with a growth attitude. Give yourself a pep talk when you find that you are thinking negatively or reacting in the same old way. Challenge your critical thinking with your past achievements.
- Stop fearing failure. Fearing failure stops many of us from even taking the first step. Failing at something means that you tried. That you learned from the experience and that you will do it better next time.
- Don’t worry about what others think. Most people are not even thinking about you and those that are have no bearing on what you will do or achieve. Trying to please everyone is impossible. Everyone has their detractors so stop dwelling on them.
- Find yourself a role model or mentor that has accomplished what you are trying to do. The easiest method of achieving your goals is to follow the path of someone who has already done it. Better yet if they hold you accountable and help keep you on that path.
- “See” yourself achieving what you want. Take time to think how it will feel. Picture it in your mind. Tell yourself what you want out loud. How you will achieve it and what it will feel like when you do. Commit the same things to writing to galvanize your thoughts and keep them in front of you.
- Protect your growth mindset from others. There will always be people trying to drag you down. Be confident in yourself and be assured that you are the bigger person on the right path. Remember great achievers didn’t become so by doing what the majority do or caring about what others think.
- Read books and watch videos on mindset training. This will help you in picking up other ideas and practices in getting a growth mindset.
Besides Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, there are many others. Here’s a short list of some of my favourites that you might find helpful.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
How Is That Working? by Robert Hollis
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Here are some great videos on mindset thinking that might help you.
Les Brown – Take Charge of Your Life
Jim Rohn – Best Life Ever
Professor Carol Dweck ‘Teaching a growth mindset‘
Anthony Robbins – Unleash the Power Within
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