Do you follow the growth mindset or the fixed mindset? If you want to know all about the growth mindset, you should read this article, in which we explain what the growth mindset is and the key differences between it and the fixed mindset.
An Introduction to the Growth Mindset
We are conditioned to go through life as though it were set to automatic. I usually tell people that I had an epiphany about this in my own life one day when I got in the car and drove for 20 kilometers without realizing it was happening. After I had driven up to my location and parked, it was as if I had been transported there instantly. I could not recall a single detail from my trip.
When I left my house that day, I did so with apprehension, uncertainty, and a mountain of tasks to complete.
I have no doubt that the same thing happened to you. Think of all the days that passed you by without you being able to really appreciate them because you were focused on meeting all of your commitments.
My mental image of the contemporary mind is that of a racing track. In the midst of that whirlwind, there is no breathing room between the stimulus and the response. And yet, if we want to stop putting out flames and start living with wellness, all we really need to do is merely halt and slow down our hectic pace. This is what we need to do in order to stop putting out fires.
We have the ability to adopt the growth mindset that enables us to go about our everyday activities from a place that is enjoyable and exploratory, as well as with confidence in ourselves since we always know how to find a way to get over challenges and go on.
What is the Fixed Mindset?
Dr. Carol Dweck invented the term “mindset” in her idea of development psychology and the fixed mindset. The fixed mindset believes that he or she was born with specific abilities and an IQ. This individual will be inspired to believe in their own intelligence and will do all in their ability to demonstrate it.
He is frightened of being incorrect, so he will not take risks outside of his comfort zone. When he/she sees other people prospering, he/she will be afraid because he/she will regard it as a danger to his/her own possibilities of growth.
This individual will work until he or she is exhausted in areas where he or she believes he or she excels (at work, in school, or in sports). The appearances of other people have a big impact on him since he needs to feel like he “passed” his examination.
People with the fixed mindset are also hard on themselves since their rigidity causes them to be perfectionists and control freaks. For this reason, he cannot endure an opinion that he considers negative since it demoralizes him.
If you relate to any of this, please understand that we all have some of this thinking as well as some of the growth mindset. Let me describe the latter, and then we’ll look at how they affect our quality of life.
What is the Growth Mindset?
A person with a bigger portion of the growth mindset has an insatiable need to learn. Their attitude is adaptable and adaptable. He realizes that if he doesn’t know something, he can learn it, and that the key thing is to be encouraged, play, and enjoy what he has to do until he masters it.
A person with the growth mindset enjoys difficulties and is dedicated to personal development. He pays close attention to the ideas he receives since he recognizes that they are an excellent method to develop.
A growth-minded individual will stumble along the path, but he will have the fortitude to pick himself up and use the experience as a learning experience. Others’ success acts as an encouragement to him/her because he/she sees it as proof that if others can accomplish it, he/she can too.
I am adamant. Depending on the situation, we switch between two mentalities. However, I would venture to suggest that our culture, educational system, and society in general do not view new difficulties, other people’s accomplishments, or blunders as opportunities.
That is why we grow up believing that we are inadequate when confronted with problems that we find tough to tackle. We mistrust our abilities and may be extremely harsh on ourselves. To establish our value, we demand of ourselves, hurt ourselves, and alienate ourselves in the process.
How to get the Growth Mindset?
For all of the above, it is critical to first identify whatever mindset is controlling our lives so that we may learn to react to it in such a manner that we are more present in our everyday activities, treat ourselves properly, and live more lucidly. This is the first step toward our happiness.
In the example I gave you earlier about myself, the first thing that comes to mind is a strong desire to embrace the burdened self of that time.
I would tell myself that no one would be displeased if I was a few minutes late, that everything would be OK since I had done my best, and that if there was a snag, I would overcome it with inventiveness as always.
It would also imply that I need to learn to set limits for myself and prioritize since I can’t do more than my human strength can manage.
Ask yourself, “Am I terrified of failing?” What will happen if I do so? Am I concerned about what others may say about me? How can I tell the difference between someone who is telling me something beneficial and someone who is not? Do I have to be in charge of everything? What am I able to delegate?
Once you’re conscious of the attitude that’s driving your life, you may re-educate yourself to be more tolerant of yourself, what you have to accomplish, and others. You can always redirect your activities from a calm state.
Give yourself greater peace of mind one action at a time, one day at a time, and you’ll notice how you find delight in the simple things in life and how you learn to navigate life’s problems more skilfully and with your sights on the inside rather than the outside.