…chances are that if you’re reading this, you do.
Basically, there are two types of mindsets: Growth & Fixed
- a fixed mindset—when we believe that our skills and strengths are set in stone and that we possess only a certain level of intelligence, a set of strengths, personality type, even moral character (ex: we believe we’re good at math and science, but clueless when it comes to learning a new language).
- a growth mindset—when we believe that we can develop our skills and strengths through continuous efforts, and grow with our life experiences (ex: even though we’ve struggled in math class in high school, we don’t let that deter us from pursuing a degree even though it means we’ll have to practice the same skills that we found challenging).
To draw an example, a person with a fixed mindset does not believe in their capacity for growth, learning or change. They play it safe and don’t step too far out of their comfort zone. They would be unlikely to volunteer at an organization or step up to lead at work.
But the good news is that through personal development, you can change your mindset:
#1. Learn something new every day.
This one is easier than it sounds. On my treadmill, I’ve simply started to listen to podcasts when I run instead of listening to music all the time. That alone has helped me acquire new perspectives and new information. I’m constantly learning new marketing techniques and wellness tips. I’m not saying podcasts are the answer -I’m saying that knowledge is. I’m a strong believer that when you stop learning, you stop growing.
#2. Use every opportunity to learn wherever and whenever.
Learning shouldn’t be limited just to the classroom. You can go to the library and pick up books on a topic that you find intriguing, or take an online class, or watch free tutorials on YouTube on developing a skill you always wanted to possess. I’ve learned software programs, accounting functions, website development, social media strategies….plumbing hacks….and the list goes on.
#3. Surround yourself with “growth mindset” people.
I don’t ever want you to forget the importance of surrounding yourself by awesome people. The people who you allow in your inner circle (family, friends, or your partner) can impact your mood, attitude, belief system, and even what you perceive to be your strengths or weaknesses. Like attracts like, and it’s way easier to open your mind to new experiences if you are surrounded by others who do.
#4. Challenge your fear.
This is a tough one. I still have trouble posting videos….but I’m just not there yet. I post social media posts and blogs with more ease, but it hasn’t always been that way. I was scared of not being liked, I feared that I would be rejected, and I feared what people would think of me. Every single day I feel that fear and do it anyways. I take comfort in knowing that other women are equally as scared when they do something out of their comfort zone. What is that one thing you fear in doing for your career or business? Let that fear you feel fuel your fire and do it anyway!
#5. Don’t be complacent.
No matter if you want things to be normal or extraordinary in your career or personal life, you have to strive for more than what is comfortable. If you want something more, you need to strive for something more. You have to put in the time to understand the ins and outs of your field and its related fields. The worst thing you can do is stop expanding your social circle. The truth is, complacency breeds the same: As soon as you become complacent, you don’t care about going to social functions, learning about new opportunities, and you don’t care about carrying yourself with the same enthusiasm you did when you were young.
#6. Change the way you view success.
Stop thinking that success is being some ultimate goal, and start thinking that giving and serving is the ultimate in success. Focus on creating things that add value to your clients, work and the people around you. That’s where real happiness lies.
#7. Be open-minded to new opportunities.
You would stand a better chance of creating the life you want, growing as a human being and experiencing success regularly if you simply kept an open mind. When you have an open mind you allow yourself to attract opportunities.