Is Your Mindset Holding You Back?

"What if I fail?!"

"Ok, but what if I WIN?"

Is your mindset holding you back in your work and life?

According to Professor Carol Dwek all people are divided into two basic mindsets. A fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Our success or failure will be determined by which mindset we have. 

In an article by entrepreneur Roy Derrick he describes "fixed mindset" and "growth mindset" like this:

Fixed Mindset: A person with a fixed mindset believes that their basic qualities are already carved out for them. They believe that they have to be flawless in order to succeed. They always have to prove themselves to be better than anyone else and avoid failure and mistakes at all costs. As a result they tend to fail in life as the thought of failing at something new often deters them from trying new opportunities. These individuals tend to judge and label people by how intelligent and talented they are. They also constantly need praise and often only continue doing what they know well and don't take any chances in life. 

Growth Mindset: A person with a growth mindset however believes that they can continually enhance and develop their skills with effort and practice. Their mindset urges them to get a deeper understanding of a subject rather than be content with basic knowledge to look good or merely to just pass a course. They have a more flexible approach to life and will compile a list of reasons why they can succeed with a new business venture. If they experience a problem along the way they will work hard to find a resolution to the problem and will invariably go on to succeed. A person with this mindset will be more likely to succeed both in business and in their personal lives and will go on to prosper. People with these mindsets adopt a positive attitude to everything in life. 

It's important to remember that you can change and choose your mindset. Choosing which mindset you adopt will determine whether you succeed or fail. Having a positive growth mindset will allow you to grow and prosper.

Isn't that what we are all striving for?

Steps to Developing and Maintaining a Growth Mindset...

#1 SET GOALS

Having clear, specific goals for your life and business will set your mind in the direction of action and progress. Without goals you lack focus. A growth mindset is centered around effort and practice. Working towards well defined goals forces us to put out effort to feel a sense of achievement. 

Set goals that matter to you and motivate you. And make sure your goals are centered around the things that bring value to your life. Don't compare your life and business goals to other people. Stay true to your unique self and center your goals around those things.

I share my 5 Golden Rules of Goal Setting over on my Facebook page. This short video is a great resource on how to write and achieve the appropriate goals for setting you on the path to success. 

#2 CREATE A MASTERMIND GROUP

I like to call this "my tribe." 

A mastermind is when two or more people working together can create something neither one can do by herself.

Surrounding yourself with people that challenge you, see the world a little differently than you, and are willing to take a challenge head on are the type of people you need to have in your circle.

These people will keep you focused on a growth mindset and give you the confidence to take chances, risk failure, and get back up and keep going.

#3 CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT FAILURE

Let's face it. We all make mistakes. It's part of being human.

Most of us realize that failure is a part of life, and at some level, we understand that it actually helps us grow. 

But still, we hate to fail. We fear it, dread it and will do just about anything to avoid it. 

Why is it so hard to let go, forgive ourselves and move on?  And how can we keep failure – or the fear of it — from derailing us?

First, we need to not take it personally. Separate the failure from your identity. Just because you haven’t found a successful way of doing something (yet) doesn’t mean you are a failure. 

Second, look at what went wrong, learn from it and get back up and keep moving. The best thing we can do when we make a mistake is to take a close look at what we did, but then get back up and get moving. Action will breed confidence in us. 


Having a growth mindset will play a large roll in our success in our work and in our life. Follow these steps to help you keep moving forward in your mindset so you can crush your goals and make a huge impact in the world. 


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