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Have you ever wondered what determines how you approach life? The key is in understanding your mindset. Researchers have come up with a definitive explanation of mindset. Dr. Carol Dweck at Stanford University discovered that there are two distinct mindsets: fixed mindset and growth mindset. Most of us fall into one of these two categories and in some areas of life may use one more than the other.

Here are the variations in the two mindsets. With a fixed mindset you think that your intelligence, personality, and talents are fixed from the time you had been born. While people with a development mindset think that these same traits can be developed through out life. The limitations of the fixed mindset are that you fear getting judged, you worry that if you make a mistake you will be a failure, and you avoid challenges because you are anxious that you might not do as nicely as you "should".

With a growth mindset you believe that your intelligence, personality, and talents are a beginning point and you can develop these qualities if you are willing to apply work, persistence and look at learning as an opportunity to stretch who you are. Thus you are not discouraged by failure and set-backs simply because they are something from which you can learn. With the growth mindset you trust that you will develop by applying effort and think in being versatile and open to change.

I had not been conscious how a lot I was limiting my life with a fixed mindset. I reacted to set backs and difficulties by blaming myself and taking things personally. I have had to apply considerable work to strengthening my development mindset. Recently I coached a young couple who had been struggling with their relationship. As we looked at their mindsets it became clear that he firmly believed in a fixed mindset and she operated from a development mindset. No wonder that they were struggling. It wasn't until the husband opened himself up to seeing worth in a growth mindset that he began creating changes. 1 of their issues was how he handled anger simply because it scared her. He saw it as "that is the way all the men in my family members deal with anger" while she felt there were other methods he could learn to express what was upsetting him.

By developing a development mindset you have the energy to evolve your life irrespective of your age. Alter is part of development which allows you to truly live so that you develop in confidence and achieve success.


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