In this video, you’ll learn four keys for creating a growth mindset so you can thrive.
According to Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and author, people who have a growth mindset believe that their skills and talents can be built through their hard work.
On the other hand, people with a fixed mindset believe that their skills are things that they’re born with- in other words, either you have them, or you don’t.
Her research shows that people with a growth mindset tend to achieve more than those with a fixed mindset, because they’re more focused on the learning process, and less concerned with appearing smart.
Your mindset is so important because it influences what you believe you’re capable of and your actions in every area of your life, from your career to your hobbies, your relationships, your health, happiness, confidence, and finances.
If you want to be one of those people achieving more and thriving because of your growth mindset, I’ve found there are four keys you need to know.
And later, I’ll share the most common misconception about growth mindsets, and how you can keep it from derailing your progress.
Key number one is: Awareness. I believe that mindfulness is the foundation for all personal growth work.
When you’re aware of your thoughts, you’ll be able to notice when you have a thought or a belief that comes from a fixed mindset, rather than a growth mindset.
One example could be, “I can’t do that.” When you notice that thought, you’ll be able to move to the second Key, which is:
Reframing your beliefs and taking advantage of neuroplasticity to change them.
So let’s go through a few examples of thoughts that come from having a fixed mindset, and how you can reframe them to be more growth-oriented:
If you have the thought of “I can’t do that,” you could reframe it into “I’m not able to do that yet.”
“That’s too hard” becomes “That’s a good opportunity for me to grow.”
You can reframe the thought of “I don’t need to grow because I’m a natural leader” into: “I can always learn more so I can be an even better leader.”
Or, you can reframe the thought of “I’m not the creative type” into something like “I can work at developing my creativity.”
I mentioned neuroplasticity, which is the ability of your brains to change at any age, and form new neural connections as you learn new things or change your beliefs.
It’s said that “neurons that fire together, wire together,” and they reinforce the pathway that your recurring thoughts travel along.
I like to think it’s similar to how a beaten path forms in the grass when people repeatedly take the same shortcut between sidewalks.
So, the neural pathways in your brain can be physically changed by the thoughts you have on a regular basis. But, it takes awareness and intentional reframing to change them.
Your beliefs are so important because they impact the actions you’re willing to take, especially when learning or trying new things.
That brings us to Key number three, which is to take action. Don’t let your beliefs stop you from taking action, because that is what creates evidence for your newly reframed beliefs.
Think back to a time when you learned something new, and started building that skill. Chances are, you started small. So make sure you spend some time building the fundamentals.
When you learn something new, it’s important to accept the fact that chances are, you probably won’t be very good at it at first, and you will make mistakes.
Giving yourself permission to be a beginner at something while you’re learning it is what makes it possible for you to grow in that area.
The final key, Key number four, is to get support.
Surround yourself with others who have predominantly growth mindsets. These are people who are encouraging, and will cheer you on in your efforts.
Like it or not, you are heavily influenced by the people you spend the most time with.
And with their support, you’ll be more likely to keep going when you hit a setback or a challenge.
So, the most common misconception about growth mindsets is that it’s all or nothing; either you have a growth mindset or you have a fixed mindset. That simply isn’t the case.
Everyone has some combination of the two, and yours can change depending on the day, the task, your emotional state, how much you’ve grown in that particular area, and all sorts of other factors.
So, whenever you do notice that you have some fixed-mindset thoughts, remember that your current mindset is simply a snapshot of how you’re operating in that moment.
With that knowledge that you can change it, you can keep this from discouraging you and potentially derailing your efforts.
I’d like to challenge you to pick something you’re not very good at, and try this process for a week. Then, see where you’re at with that skill.
Chances are, by using these 4 Keys, you will get better at it, and then, imagine how much better you could be after a year if you keep it up.
If you’re having trouble creating a growth mindset, feel free to reach out and I’d be happy to support you.
Mindset and belief work are just some of the strategies we use in the Reinvent My Reality Program, where I can help you reinvent your life into the one you desire.
You can learn more at irielifecoaching.com.
I hope this helps you create a growth mindset so you can build new skills and thrive in your life.
Let me know in the comments how this works for you. Thanks and I’ll see you next time!
Hi, I’m Bekah! I’m a Transformational Life Coach, Founder of Irie Life Coaching, and Creator of the Reinvent My Reality Program. I help people who are unfulfilled overcome deeply subconscious self-limiting beliefs, negative thought patterns, and unreasonable fears and doubts, so they can reignite their passions and begin living an authentic life filled with meaning and purpose.
My mission is to help others consciously create the life they desire, instead of living on autopilot, settling by default, or living a life decided by outside expectations.
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