Mindset for Growth Leads to Self-confidence and Achievement1987111

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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 1 of these two categories and in some areas of life might use 1 much more than the other.

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

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

I had not been conscious how much 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. Lately I coached a young couple who were struggling with their partnership. As we looked at their mindsets it became clear that he firmly believed in a fixed mindset and she operated from a growth mindset. No wonder that they had been struggling. It wasn't until the husband opened himself up to seeing value in a growth mindset that he started making changes. One of their issues was how he handled anger because it scared her. He saw it as "that is the way all the males in my family members handle anger" whilst she felt there were other methods he could learn to express what was upsetting him.

By developing a growth mindset you have the energy to evolve your life irrespective of your age. Change is part of growth which enables you to truly live so that you develop in confidence and achieve achievement.


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