One of the most pervasive myths about mindset is that it’s static; that is, you either have a fixed or growth mindset and it doesn’t change. Not only is this myth wrong, but it can be dangerous, as it belies the potential for human change and personal development. Many people who think this also believe that people have a pure fixed or pure growth mindset, and the former is bad. Both of these myths are also untrue.
Not only is your mindset changeable, but it changes throughout your life, sometimes rapidly, and sometimes slowly. You’ve probably never noticed it changing before; it’s hard to notice something happening inside you!
Everyone’s mindset is a combination of fixed and growth mindsets, and it’s the ratio of these two that changes throughout life. You can become more or less open to risk, more or less believing in the power of hard work and dedication to reach goals, more or less convinced that intelligence or morality are inborn versus developed attributes. These are just examples -every aspect of your mindset is equally open to change.
What drives these changes? The experiences you have in life are the primary reason, and how your mindset shifts is due to your personality. The same experience will have different effects on different people. Most people shift more towards a growth mindset as they go through life, but there are exceptions. Trauma and other negative events can push people towards having more of a fixed mindset.
All of this is assuming that all the changes your mindset undergoes are unguided and happen naturally. You can also deliberately and consciously change your mindset. You can take the parts of your mindset that you don’t like and change them. Helping you do that is the purpose of this program.
Deliberately changing your mindset isn’t easy, but it can be done. You pick one aspect of your mindset you would like to work on at a time -such as embracing challenges or working through frustration -and work on it with the help of aids such as affirmations, journaling, and meditation. When you’re satisfied with your progress in that area, you move on to the next.
Don’t buy into the myth that mindset is static. Not only can it change, but it does change throughout your life, whether or not you purposefully try to change it. Why not guide these changes and help them along so that you can grow into the best possible version of yourself?