Growth Mindset: the power of perseverance and continuous dedication
"Amid every difficulty, lies an opportunity". Without even imagining, when Albert Einstein said this phrase he was claiming one of the main foundations of a Growth Mindset: the recognition that the challenges are part of the process of human development.
Although the great scientist brought this concept early, who deepened about the power of Mindset, overcoming limiting beliefs and how to apply it to life professional and personal was the author and researcher Carol Dweck in her book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success". In this work, it is highlighted how changing a Mindset can benefit perseverance, creativity, resilience, assertiveness, and many other aspects. However, for this to happen it is necessary to move from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset.
According to articles of Entrepreneur and Dweck's research, people who are in a Fixed Mindset in a particular area of life begin to put too many constraints on themselves, believing that the development of new skills, talents, and knowledge is unchanging and static, believing that there's no need to put so much effort to succeed because they think they already have all the skills necessary to achieve it. That is, these people stay trapped in their comfort zones.
Those with a Growth Mindset, however, recognize that there is still a lot to be learned and developed, have an insatiable thirst for new challenges and knowledge, therefore, believe that it is possible to change and evolve regardless of age or moment in life. These people allow themselves to try new opportunities and take risks, as they do not see failure as the end of the line, but as part of the process that will make them achieve a greater goal.
It is noteworthy that both Mindsets may be simultaneously present, maybe Fixed for certain areas, and Growth to others. The crucial thing is that one should first identify what are the limiting beliefs holding him/her to perform through a full Groth Mindset and, from that, consciously adopt strategies of thought, attitude, and inner communication that will help overcome those beliefs.
What are some of those strategies then?
1. Stop the excuses.
Creating justifications for the behaviors that do not add value to you means you are reinforcing habits that stop you from growing, causing the monotony of the comfort zone and turning a static competency framework into an increasingly frequent and emphasized routine.
2. Rephrase the words when referring to a new challenge.
Often when we face a major obstacle or a challenging task we use words like "it's too difficult, exhausting, impossible" among others to describe them. The policing of going on to describe these situations with phrases such as "new experiences, opportunities to learn, possibilities of knowing and acting in something more interesting " allows to attribute optimism, proactivity and make it clearer the reason for dedicating to such objective, example: "Working in a new area will be challenging, but I will be able to develop new skills".
3. Accept that failures are not the end of the road.
It is necessary to welcome mistakes and failures as part of the growth process because the opposite of that - fear - will prevent you from taking risks and new opportunities for fear of possible failures along the way. Take, for example, today's top entrepreneurs, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, among many others who should they've given up on the first hurdles or not even started of fear of risk, innumerable innovations, and revolutionary technologies would remain only on paper!
4. Focus less on pleasing everyone and more on your learning.
Spending energy and focus seeking approval from coworkers, managers, friends, among others is a waste of your potential. Focus your efforts more assertively on the personal and professional goals you aim for, regardless of whether this process will please everyone around you or not.
5. Learn how to accept and use constructive criticism.
Frequent feedbacks are an indispensable strategy in most projects within a company, so knowing how to absorb them better and to use them to your advantage is a crucial tactic for your growth. Practice active listening and writing down strengths and weaknesses addressed to include new skills to be learned or reinforced. Closing your eyes and ears when someone points out ways to assist you in your professional development path is one more way to keep up a typical Fixed Mindset for thinking that nothing should ever be changed.
6. Pause, breathe, and self-reflect.
Every day we receive a huge information charge, challenges, and tasks that must be well processed for effectively making decisions and attitudes. The same happens with the mind: several knowledge and strategies are absorbed in one day, therefore, a few minutes of these 24 hours must be used as a time to think about these events and how they were faced. After all, reflecting on yourself is the first step in knowing what can be evolved.
The power of this change in Mindset, then, is nothing more than not being content with a few when it comes to your potential, whether at work or in other areas. To perform through a Growth Mindset is not miraculously getting to the top without effort, but, rather, to understand what needs to be done at each step and always keep climbing toward your best possible version.
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