10 Strategies to Create a Growth Mindset
What is a Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed and improved over time through effort and learning. It’s the opposite of a fixed mindset, which is the belief that your abilities and intelligence are set in stone and cannot be changed.
Why is a Growth Mindset Important?
Having a growth mindset can have a significant impact on your personal and professional success. People with a growth mindset are more open to learning new things, trying new things, and taking on challenges. They are more resilient and better able to handle setbacks, because they see them as opportunities to learn and grow rather than failures.
How to Develop a Growth Mindset
Have you done a “growth mindset inventory” to check in and see what your thought process is and how it might be negatively impacting you? This is a great first step in discovering your own self-limiting beliefs.
Here are some helpful “Growth Mindset” tips for you to use:
- Eliminate distractions. We are also distracted by noise, our cell phones, theinternet, TV, and many other things. Remove as many distractions when taking time to reflect on your life, actions, and current mindset.
- Identify your values. Everything flows from your values. Knowing what’s most important to you will allow you to arrange your life in a way that makes sense for you. It will also allow you to set goals that are meaningful. If you don’t know your goals, how will you make these decisions?
- Set priorities and take action. Make a list of priorities each day and do your best to accomplish them. Start each day knowing what you want to achieve. You will be amazed at the momentum you will create taking small steps towards your goal each day!
- Focus on a limited number of improvements. You cannot change everything in one day! This is a sure way to failure. Find the 2-3 areas of change and focus on making these first. You can then increase your chance of success and avoid the feelings of failure.
- Evaluate yourself and your progress. It’s not enough to have a great plan and work hard. It’s also necessary to evaluate your results. Then, you can adjust andperfect your approach.
- Revisit your goals. Your goals will change periodically so you want to take time to reevaluate your top priorities and ensure your efforts are focused on taking action on the things that are most important to you.
- Avoid evaluating yourself based on the opinions of others. Research has shown that comparing yourself to others leads to feelings of envy, low self-confidence, and depression. Instead, turn the focus inward and make sure you are putting in your best effort with a growth mindset.
- Find role models. Find others who have achieved what you wish to accomplish. Connect with them. Build a relationship with them. Let them be a mentor or a guide.
- Build a support system. Often, people fail to change their mindset and fall into old patterns. Surrounding yourself with people who have a similar growth mindset will allow you to have support to push through when you feel stuck, are doubting yourself or feel fearful of the challenges you face.
- Create consistency. Research shows that it takes 30 days of consistently taking action is required in order to make a real change in your behavior. If you want to create a growth mindset, you must practice each day!
Practicing strategies to develop a growth mindset can lead to increased resilience, learning, success, well-being, and creativity. It’s a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.
One of the great benefits of our Pathways courses is that you will develop a greater awareness of your belief system and thought process…which might be holding you back in many areas of your life.
We help you develop the Emotional Intelligence that can help you shift from a “fixed mindset” where you are unhappy and unfulfilled to a “growth mindset” where you realize some of your dreams.