A growth mindset is a belief that with effort and dedication, you can alter your life and who you are as a person.
People who know they can change anything about their life crave knowledge, skills, and improvement. Every day they progress closer to reaching their goals. Luckily, you can develop a growth mindset easily!
But those with a fixed mindset don’t think they can improve themselves or their life. Also, they think failure is a reason to quit. So, they stop trying after their first failure. Thus, they believe that’s their lot in life, so they remain stuck forever.
But failing isn’t horrible like you learned in school. All successful people have failed! You’re not stuck; you’re about to develop a growth mindset!
When companies encourage a growth mindset, their employees feel dedicated to achieving more. They don’t get discouraged by failing because they know that it’s a part of the learning process; this applies to students in school.
Plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the brain’s ability to change physically. When you repeatedly do or think something, your brain carves a little pathway in itself. This path makes it easier for you to do that task (or think that way) in the future.
Therefore, you can change your fixed mindset thoughts to be growth-oriented, you’ll physically change your brain. So, it becomes who you are.
Anyone can change from being stuck in life to being someone who creates their life.
The next 10 tips will show you how to develop a growth mindset in no time:
1. Develop a growth mindset by finding your purpose
“Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.”
— Deborah Day
Firstly, realize that you have the power to change your mindset and your life.
Since you get to choose the kind of person you want to become, spend some time thinking about what you want to change. Think about what your purpose in life is and what life goals you want to reach. What could you do to benefit humanity? What’s important to you? Also, what skills or knowledge could you build to help you do this?
Then, write down your ideas, then choose the one that resonates with you the most.
2. Develop a growth mindset by embracing hard work
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
— Thomas Jefferson
You might think it means that you’re stupid if you have to put in the effort and work hard to achieve your goals. But, that’s complete nonsense!
Working hard is how you become smarter and how you build skills. In fact, this even applies to geniuses, who worked nonstop on their goals.
Besides, the reward at the end is so much better if you worked hard for it.
So value putting in the time and hard work more than having inherent skills.
3. Think of life as a series of goals and projects
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
— Benjamin Mays
So, what can you do today to improve your life tomorrow? Write a plan on what you can do to achieve them. Goals give you importance, ambition, and motivation throughout your life. Therefore they make life more meaningful and exciting! Not to mention, you’ll get a boost of confidence every time you achieve them.
Afterward, choose a new goal to strive towards, so you’re never without goals.
4. Seek approval from yourself, not others
Achieving great things requires that you spend more time alone working on your craft. It would be best if you had solitude to focus on. That way, no one distracts you, and you can do more effectively.
Instead, strive to have self-acceptance. When you approve of yourself, you won’t need others’ approval.
Besides, your relationship with yourself is the most important one you’ll have in life. After all, you’re the only one who’ll always be by your side.
5. Develop a growth mindset through failing
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
— J.K. Rowling
Change your negative view of failing. Most successful people have failed, repeatedly. Except when they failed, they got back up and kept building their skills until they succeeded.
So, not achieving your desired result doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means you’re human.
When you redefine failure to mean something you must learn in order to reach your goal, it won’t be so intimidating.
6. Courageously take on new challenges
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”
— John Green
If trying new things makes you weak in the knees, change how you view them. Think of challenges as new experiences that will ultimately improve who you are. So, leave your comfort zone and embrace new challenges, despite the risks.
Improving your life and yourself is more important than making people think you know what you’re doing! Because when you try new things, you won’t know what you’re doing, and that’s okay!
7. Change how you view criticism
Don’t think of criticism as an attack against you. In fact, these are golden nuggets of wisdom! So, don’t get defensive and throw them away. Take them and be grateful because now you know precisely what needs fixing.
Criticisms are valuable suggestions that you can use to your advantage. You’ll become better because of them! You might never have known what you needed to work on otherwise. Furthermore, it could have been what was holding you back from succeeding.
8. Enjoy the process!
Those with a growth mindset enjoy working towards their goals. They don’t get upset if they don’t succeed the first time or if it’s taking a while. Instead, they put importance on actual personal growth, not on how fast they can get there.
Besides, building a new skill isn’t a quick task; that’s why it’s so valuable!
If you’re having fun and enjoying yourself, you’ll reach your goals faster and have far better results.
9. Stay persistent to gain a growth mindset
“Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter…and you will begin to shine brighter. Don’t give up.”
— Robert Tew
Keep striving for what you want in life, even when it’s not going so well. Refuse to quit until you reach your goal. So, don’t let anything get in your way, not even yourself. If you fail repeatedly, keep getting back up and persist till you win because you can only fail if you quit.
10. Be aware of your mindset
“What we think, we become.”
Your thoughts are powerful. In fact, if you’re thinking negative thoughts, it will reflect in your results.
If you have discouraging thoughts, then you must replace them with optimistic ones. So, pay attention to what you’re thinking at all times.
In the end, a growth mindset gives you the motivation to smash through all your obstacles until you succeed. With time and effort, you can change almost anything about yourself! Nothing can stop you but yourself, so get out of your way because you’re about to do something amazing!
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2 Replies to “How to Build a Growth Mindset and Change Everything”
Sheryl , i thought this is just one of the 1000 blogs which advice people. But quickly reading through, i realise this has been my journey too. I have been doing points 2-9 over rhe last 2 years. Point 1 though i m doing it as a process than as a purpose. I m trying to be more consistent with points 9 and 10.
Thanks for this wonderful article.
Thank you Qazi! Sounds like you’re on your way. Always remember it’s worth the hard work needed to develop a growth mindset.