5 New Habits to Help You Cultivate a Growth Mindset
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“In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.” – Carol S. Dweck
Do you know that a successful person has a strong-willed mindset? Those people who became rich didn’t get lucky, they worked hard for it and not just by working hard outside, but they even trained themselves within to withstand any obstacles and trials they’re facing in life. We always see the fruit that we forgot about its roots. That tree won’t last long if its roots are not deeply intact in the soil. One strong wind and it can knock it out if its not deeply planted. It’s the same concept for a successful person. If his mindset is as strong as a rock, tall as mountain and deeply planted underground, he’s not going to be swayed easily by the challenges in life.
There’s this researcher and a writer, Dr. Carol S. Dweck (you can check her book – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success), and she suggested two general mindsets: fixed and growth. According to her, someone with a fixed mindset believes that character, intelligence, and creative ability are unmoving givens that can’t be changed in any meaningful way. A close representation for this kind of mindset is a stagnant water. We can all imagine a water stuck in a cup, not moving, and there is not being filled up with new water. These mindset makes a person believes that they don’t know how to do something and don’t want to make an effort because they believe they should only do what they already know or what feels easy. This risk-averse mindset can lead to an unwillingness to push yourself to do challenging things.
By contrast, Dweck suggests that a person with a growth mindset thrives on challenge, seeing it as a launchpad for growth and for extending existing abilities instead of evidence of unintelligence. With this kind of mindset, you focus on continuous improvement and self-awareness. You choose to do something about your weakness and the things you’re not good at. You see this as a way to improve yourself and not to hold back. You’re not afraid to take the risk and make mistakes because you know that this experience will help you explore more growth.
Of course, a successful person has this growth mindset. Doing things this way will absolutely help you accomplish more than you could ever imagine. But if you’re someone who’s struggling in improving yourself or is still stuck in a fixed mindset, here are five habits to help you cultivate a growth mindset.
For the next 90 days, focus intentionally on integrating them into your daily life; being intentional means writing them down, thinking about them, and asking yourself, honestly, if you are using them.
1. Be curious and creative.
Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things. Explore new habits. In this way, you will discover new strategies and experience that you can apply in your life.
2. Be committed to growth, goals and promises you make to yourself
I now encourage you to stop making excuses. Being committed into something and staying on the course is the new practice you have to do if you want to be successful. Do it. Just do the things you have planned for today and don’t let distractions stop you. Be committed into small things and work your way up later on for bigger things. Take it slow but be sure take commitment seriously.
3. Be consistent in your efforts.
Of course, consistency is the key. And in order for you to be consistent, you must discipline yourself.
4. Be courageous in the face of challenges
Setbacks and challenges are learning opportunities. You can’t stop a storm but you can prepare and be ready for it. Don’t be afraid in facing challenges, but instead embrace them and seek a solution for that problem.
5. Embrace Constructive feedback & leverage it for growth & expansion.
Sometimes people see beyond of what we can’t. Ask mentors and supervisors for specific feedback to give you clarity on the skills needed to move forward and the blind spots, obstacles, and pitfalls you may not be able to see by yourself.
By deliberately and intentionally focusing on these five habits daily, your life and work will shift positively in ways you can’t imagine.
We often say that we wanted to be successful someday. We work hard and put our best self in our jobs and careers, we make sure that we get the promotion and that our boss or managers our pleased with our work. Yes, this could lead us into being successful but we also need to work and improve ourselves within. Remember, roots are what kept a tree standing tall and strong. JLS MEB Consultancy firmly believes that the right mindset will help you achieve your goals in life, and we can help you build that mindset as we build your business.
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