What do you want to change about your life? Wow, that’s the ultimate question right there. This is the number 1 question we don’t ask ourselves. Why open up Pandora’s box? I’m perfectly comfortable with my life. Change is scary. Heck it can be downright frightening.
I remember when I was a kid, hearing adults say, “ You can be whatever you want”, or “you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.” why did we not believe them? Was it because there were others in our lives, putting us down, calling us losers, telling us we would amount to nothing? Could be.
Even now as adults, we don’t want to step out of our comfort zones. We work hard all day. Mostly at jobs we either dislike or are ambivalent about. We go home after work, too physically tired or mentally exhausted to even enjoy our families. We find escape from the realities of life by watching tv and surfing through social media until it’s time to go to bed.
Then we start the cycle all over again. Is this what life is all about? Shouldn’t there be more?
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There is more. Much, much, more. You just have to want it bad enough to disrupt your status quo. To realize you are worthy of happiness, peace, growth, or whatever your dreams are.
The desire has to be strong enough to get you into action. Take a step. Any step to move you forward. Stop standing still.
The beliefs and thoughts you have about your ability to learn, grow, and succeed. The story you tell yourself about whether or not you can accomplish something in your life. How you feel about yourself and the self-talk you create in your mind.
The beliefs you have, both consciously and subconsciously have a great impact on your life.
What is a fixed Mindset?
The belief that your intelligence, abilities, skills, talents, thoughts and feelings are fixed, and unchangeable. That what you have is what you get.
- Views life and outcomes as unchangeable
- Gives up easily
- Sees obstacles as something they can’t overcome
- Views growth and change as too hard or pointless
- Becomes jealous when others succeed
- Sees setbacks or mistakes as failures
- Close minded
- Always “right”
- Afraid to take risks and make mistakes
- Compares themselves to others and finds they are lacking
- Negative inner dialogue
What is a Growth Mindset?
The belief that your intelligence, abilities, skills, talents, thoughts, and feelings are able to be developed and are changeable. Knowing that you have the ability to grow and change in any area of your life.
- Looks for ways to overcome obstacles
- Learns from criticism
- Inspired by the success of others
- Has a desire to learn and grow
- Views setbacks as learning tools
- Looks for ways to improve their life
- Open to change
- Ability to admit when they are wrong
- Not afraid to take risks and make mistakes
- They don’t compare themselves to others, but instead focus on their own progress
- Have a positive inner dialogue
7 Benefits of a Growth Mindset
There are many benefits to cultivating a growth mindset. The benefits I have listed below are some that I have noticed in my own life. Some of these changes can happen very quickly. Others take a little more time and effort.
It still amazes me how much of our lives we have control over that we don’t realize. Our fixed mindset can hold us back from the things we want in life. But with just a few changes in how we think, or the story we tell ourselves, we can open up so many wonderful opportunities for our lives.
Growth Mindset Benefit 1
Ability to push through challenges and view setbacks as learning tools.
A growth mindset will change how you view any setbacks or ‘failures’ you experience in your work or personal life. Instead of giving up and feeling like you have ‘failed’, you will see these as learning tools.
They will no longer be a source of depression that causes you to feel like giving up. you will understand the meaning of “fail fast” and “fail often”. You will view these events in your life as being a positive learning tool.
Growth Mindset Benefit 2
Continually growing in your abilities and talents. Looking for ways to improve your life.
You will have a drive for learning new and interesting things. You will see that by expanding your knowledge and abilities you improve your quality of life.
Growth Mindset Benefit 3
A different outlook on your life
You will have a more positive outlook on life. When you change the way you think, it changes the way you feel.
This impacts every area of your life. You will have more energy and motivation. You will accomplish the goals you set for yourself. Your relationships both at work and home will improve.
Growth Mindset Benefit 4
Viewing constructive criticism as a learning tool without becoming defensive
Instead of becoming defensive when faced with criticism, you will be able to honestly ask yourself if it’s true. If it is you’ll figure out a way to change the situation, learn from it, not take it personally and move on with your life.
If it’s not true, and the person criticizing you was just being a jerk, you will realize that also. Not take it personally and move on.
Either way you’ll realize that criticism is not a reflection of who you are or your self worth. It is simply something you can learn and grow from.
Growth Mindset Benefit 5
Knowing you can succeed at anything you desire
You will see that with planning, effort, and determination you can accomplish anything. No more waiting for someday, or when you feel like it.
You will see the value of your hard work and effort. You will not have regrets because you gave it your all.
Growth Mindset Benefit 6
Learning from your mistakes and having the ability to redirect your outcome
We all make mistakes in life. Instead of beating yourself up for it, you will see the lesson to be learned.
Because you searched out the lesson to be learned, you will not keep repeating those same mistakes over and over.
Growth Mindset Benefit 7
Increased self esteem, self worth, and confidence
You will see the changes happening in your life and it will build your confidence. You will see how easily you have been able to make changes in your life simply by changing how you think. This will increase your motivation to continue on this path.
You will realize your worth. You will see changing your thoughts about yourself and what you can accomplish will then change how you feel. When you change how you feel it changes how you react and the outcomes you have.
If you would like to learn more about the history and studies of mindset theory, this is a great article to read.
Understanding Dweck’s Mindset Theory
I would really like to encourage you to think about your mindset. Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Notice any limiting thoughts you may have throughout the day.
It’s amazing how many self limiting thoughts go through our minds continually, that we don’t even realize are there. Take a day and notice your thoughts. It will surprise you.
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