4 Tips to Help you Cultivate and Adopt a Growth Mindset.
When you believe you can grow, transform and thrive, your opportunities are limitless. You become unstoppable – a force to reckon with. Usually, there are two types of mindsets that we typically possess, and we tend to default to one particular type:
- Fixed mindset – this is where we believe our skills and capabilities are set in stone; that we only possess a fixed level of ability, intelligence, fortune, personality traits and character. For example, when you believe you can’t be good at languages and the arts because you’ve always excelled in the sciences.This is the mindset we often default to.
- Growth mindset – this is where we believe that we are a work in progress. Where we believe we can develop our skills through continuous, consistent effort, which also gives us the opportunity to grow. This mindset needs to be cultivated and nurtured – and it often comes about after a lot of self-work and personal effort. Carol Dweck defines a growth mindset in her landmark book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”, in this way:
“… The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
Successful women adopt a growth mindset: they’re in a continuous state of self-improvement, and continue thriving during some of the most challenging times in their lives (cue, the year 2020).
Here are 4 ways you can start cultivating and adopting a growth mindset for your life:
Tip #1: Allow your fear to fuel you!
Fear is crippling. The fear of not being liked, rejection vs acceptance, what people will think of you, fearing whether or not your business will succeed, etc, is insanely exhausting and significantly diminishes your chances of succeeding at whatever you set out to do!
However, when you feel the fear and continue to do it anyway, you challenge your fear and you immediately begin to cultivate a growth mindset. Take comfort in knowing that there are other women who are equally or even more scared than you when they reach out of their comfort zone.
Tip #2: Get yourself in the right company.
There’s a lot of truth in the saying: show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are. If everyone in your circle has a fixed mindset, the chances of you breaking out of that and adopting a growth mindset are very small.
Surround yourself with people who have a growth mindset so that you can glean off their ideas and opinions while they encourage you and help you nurture your own growth mindset.
Tip #3: The tortoise will win the hare!
Start emphasizing growth over speed – for your business, your personal life goals, at school, at work, name it. Success is the sum of small, continuous efforts, pursued consistently. It’s not about speed, but about growth – that’s success to write home about!
Just because you achieved results super-quick, it doesn’t mean you grew through the process – in fact, if you looked back on instances where you celebrated your speed more than your growth, it was probably your fixed mindset dominating at that point in your life.
Tip #4: Embrace Curiosity
When you stop learning, you stop growing.
To cultivate and adopt a growth mindset, you need to stay open to learning something new every day. It doesn’t need to be something heavy or mentally intensive – you can listen to a podcast during your work commutes, subscribe to and read a blog or newsletter that speaks to your goals and vision, or simply have a conversation with a stranger during the day (you’ll be surprised just how much you can learn from a 5-minute conversation with someone you don’t know)!
It can be a huge battle to believe in ourselves and overcome the perception that we do not have the ability to be great! To get you started off, here’s a quick mindset quiz to help you find out whether you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset!