Growth is said to be the only evidence of life. With that in mind, do you feel as though you are living fully and growing in your mindset? Do you see changes in your current reality which mean that you are being propelled towards the life that you crave and desire? The life of abundance, enrichment and happiness that is meant for you is on the other side of your mindset and on the other side of your fears and self-limiting beliefs. Cultivate an abundant mindset and take action that is in alignment with your core values and goals and success will undoubtedly be the by-product.
Are you ready to grow, to have a mindset that is so focused on achievement of success and happiness that nothing can thwart that desire? Are you a wildflower who grows no matter what and in spite of the external forces and influences?
Your mindset is determined by the stories that you tell yourself on a daily basis. So it is time to consider what stories you are telling yourself about your life and abilities.
Let’s examine in this article the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. When you take some time for introspection and once you have assimilated this information, you should be well on your way to having clarity about your current reality and understanding ways in which adjustments to your mindset may need to be undertaken.
What is a Growth mindset?
If you display the following characteristics and have the outlook outlined below, it is likely that you already display a growth mindset. Check in and see if any of this rings true for you.
- You believe that you can achieve anything as long as you take the right action and have the right attitude towards learning and growth.
- Obstacles act as lessons. When you miss the Target, you stop, take stock and learn from the experience. There is nothing better than dusting yourself off when adversity arises and affirming that you accept the experience as a valuable lesson and one from which you can grow as a person. Don’t forget, things happen for you and not to you. There is always a lesson and we do well to not lose the lesson.
- You firmly believe that success is a beautiful mix of having a good attitude and taking massive action. Success and growth is a journey and not a destination. You fall in love with the process and divorce yourself from the outcome.
- You learn from and push through mistakes. Your no matter what mindset sees you through the tough times.
- You associate with people who elevate you intellectually and inspire you be better, dream bigger and to up-skill. You share in their growth and reflect their magnificence. There is no rivalry between you, instead a sense of wanting to see each other succeed and attain goals.
- You welcome challenges and have the “what if I fly?” mentality.
- You are prepared to step out of your comfort zone and make change happen despite the discomfort. Let’s face it change and growth is difficult at times. Robin Sharma’s quote is an apt reminder of the change process.
- You state affirmations with conviction. Even though you do not see the evidence right here right now, you know that due to your consistent approach and activity that success is your birthright.
- You have a leading role in the positive mind movie in your head and you achieve everything that you set your intention to achieve. You do not play the victim, instead you are the victor like the powerful protagonist of your own blockbuster.
Procrastination is the thief of time (and dreams)
Is there something that you are deeply passionate about? Do you have a goal or dream but you are too fearful to pursue it? Jump right on in. Don’t delay. Your soul is waiting for you to answer the call and to live purposefully. Take the leap and commit to taking baby steps every day. The multiple baby steps will have a huge compound effect and you will start to live the life of your dreams.
Let me put something to you. Ask yourself this: What would you do if you were not afraid? What’s the thing that sets your soul on fire? The thing that ignites a fire so brightly within you that you just cannot ignore? Are you growing your mindset daily and developing skills which are in alignment with your core values and that passion?
If you are already displaying the above characteristics, hooray. There are times however when old habits creep in or times when we revert to old or learned behaviors that reflect that we are fixed in our mindset. So, what characteristics and beliefs may you hold if you have a fixed mindset?
- Change does not sit comfortably with you. You are resistant to it and believe that you are either good at something or not. This inhibits your ability or willingness to give something new a try. Nothing ventured nothing gained right?
- A challenge is something to be feared. You limit yourself by giving into fears and by holding on firmly to limiting self-beliefs.
- You believe that when you fail that you are a failure. You see failing at a task as a personal reflection of your character.
- You believe that there is a ceiling to your capabilities and ultimately to the level of success in life that you have access to.
- You believe that your talents and gifts are fixed and cannot be developed.
- Your beliefs hold you back. You say things like “I’m not a morning person, I’m not good at public speaking, I’m not good at fitness” and so on.
Don’t forget, your mind is a powerful thing and what you achieve in life is closely linked to the attitude you display, your beliefs and your behaviors. Having a mindset that is permanently fixed can damage your health and sabotage your success and happiness.
What can you do to change a fixed mindset?
If you have been telling yourself stories that you cannot succeed and that you are a failure, it’s time to cancel the subscription and to embrace the fact that mindsets can be changed for the good. You absolutely can achieve the things that your heart desires. With the right coaching and implementation of good daily habits, the world really is your oyster and high levels of achievement are waiting for you.
Make a change to your daily habits, set manageable goals that lead to the achievement of huge goals over time. If you want to run 10k, start running every day. Tony Robbins, motivational speaker uses incantations – statements of encouragement. He repeats “Every day, in every way I’m getting stronger and stronger” As you engage in your chosen activity, create your own empowering incantation and tell yourself over and over again that you are making progress. You will be astounded with the results. Be your own cheerleader and do not seek validation from others.
Add the word “yet” to your sentences, rather than saying “I can’t do this or that, say I can’t do this or that YET. Believe that it is possible because it absolutely is.
Which one of these images resonates mostly with you? Do you see a mix of both at times? Which mindset would you prefer to have? Answer these questions without judgement and self-deprecation. Instead, set the positive intention that you want to change.
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If you would like to discuss more and understand how the implementation of clearly defined strategies would allow you to grow as a person and to demonstrate a growth mindset, get in touch with me to schedule an initial free 45 minute one to one conversation. I would be happy to talk with you.
Wishing you an abundant day.