Cultivating a Growth Mindset

by

Are you worried you have a fixed mindset? Would you rather have a growth mindset? Don’t worry -mindsets aren’t static! You’re not limited to whatever your mindset currently is. If you don’t have a growth mindset already, you can cultivate one. The process is simple, but it requires hard work and dedication. Here are the things you need to work on to change your mindset.

Embrace Imperfection

You don’t have to be perfect or even good at something when you first begin. Do you know it’s normal to be bad at things the first time you try them? A fixed mindset says that you must be naturally good from the outset, or whatever it isn’t for you. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Most talents are obtained through dedication and practice. It takes 1,000 hours of practice to master a skill truly. Don’t give up if you’re not good at something to start with. Embrace the fact that you’re learning and continue trying.

Work on Positive Thinking

One characteristic of a growth mindset is its emphasis on positive thinking. Do you tend to think positively or negatively? Do you always have a good attitude and outlook? Catch your negative thoughts and reframe them. It would help if you worked on increasing the amount of positive thinking you do. You can also use positive affirmations to make this more effective.

Learn from Criticism

Accepting criticism can be difficult no matter how positive you usually are. People with a fixed mindset tend to resist criticism and feedback and don’t realize it’s often meant to help. Instead, take criticism as a form of positive feedback and use it to improve yourself and whatever you’re working on.

Face Your Challenges

Do your challenges seem overwhelming? Does the thought of facing them make you want to turn away and find something else to do? This is a common sign of a fixed mindset. Instead of ignoring them or giving up, work on facing your challenges. Look at them as a chance to grow and learn instead of as something standing in the way of your goals.

Find Your Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose will help drive you to overcome barriers and reach your goals. It’ll give you a “why” to get you out of bed in the morning and keep you going. It will make you stretch yourself and lean into life, leading naturally to a growth mindset.

Related Thinking

10 Simple Habits to Follow to Live a Happy Life

10 Simple Habits to Follow to Live a Happy Life

Do you want to live a happy and fulfilled life but aren't sure how to do it? Following these ten simple habits will help you live a happy life. Each of these habits is based on the core building blocks of happiness and will help you put in place one or more of those...

read more
Is Unhappiness the Same as Being Depressed?

Is Unhappiness the Same as Being Depressed?

Depression and unhappiness might seem to go hand in hand, but they aren't the same thing, and they don't necessarily co-exist. Unhappiness is not being happy, being sad, or being unsatisfied with life. Having a "low mood" defines both unhappiness and depression. The...

read more
How Mindfulness Affects Happiness

How Mindfulness Affects Happiness

Mindfulness is the mental state where one focuses on the present moment instead of the past or the future. If you're practicing mindfulness, you immerse yourself fully in the moment and feel all the thoughts, sensations, and feelings that course through your body. You...

read more