Perseverance Through The Mind

Growth Mindset

What is a growth mindset

There are 2 types of mindsets, or ways of thinking. In general they are growth and fixed mindset. These are the main categories of thinking, not all people are fixed or growth many people are in between or posses characteristics of both.

What is a growth mindset?

A growth mindset is the way of thinking that you believe that you can do anything if you try hard enough. You embrace challenges in life and don't give up because of failure.

What is fixed mindset?

Fixed mindset is the way of thinking that you are born with a skillset that you cannot change, and you also can't improve, people with a fixed mindset are more likely to back down from challenges in life than others.

Why are there only these 2?

Why there mostly only these 2 mindsets, you don't have to belong 100% to a mindset. Most people are not. Most have quality's of the 2 but are still ruled by at least one so to speak.

The Difference: growth vs. fixed

All through out our life we see and meet people who think differently, but did you ever realize that they can be categorized in to just 2 different groups? Growth and fixed mindsets. When you look at them from afar they look like complete opposites especially when you see how they react in similar situations in life.

The one thing that they have in common is that neither is permanent, you can change from growth to fixed and from fixed to growth in one second or throughout a lifetime of character change.

In the article "fixed vs. growth" by Maria Popova, she talks about how our lives are shaped by the two basic mindsets, and how one simple action in life can shape your future. That action is how each individual responds to failure in life. Now if somebody with a growth mindset runs in a race and comes out as second, they will see it as an opportunity to improve and grow from the loss. While somebody with a fixed mindset would see it as a sign that says " no matter how hard I try I will never make it any where in life".

This clearly outlines the differences between the two mindsets. A growth mindset embraces challenges and sees failure as a chance to improve throughout life. They also learn from criticism and find hope and inspiration in others success. Meanwhile a fixed mindset would back down from challenges and see failure as terminal, while finding the success of others intimidating.

This shows the differences and similarities we all share no matter what.

how to act

Think Before You Speak

You can do this! I believe in you, were all counting on you to do this. This is what you usually hear people say when you're doing anything in life that involves competition. For some this might be a good thing, for others not so much. For example those with a fixed mindset. For those who don't know a fixed mindset is the way of thinking that you believe that you can't improve your skill-set. For people like this, putting so much pressure on them can cause extreme levels of anxiety that makes them even more nervous to do something then they were at the beginning. The way that you can handle this in a more constructive way that will make both of you feel better is to tell them that there is no pressure, to just do their best and that's all that matters. This will make them feel more confident in what they're doing and keep them from feeling like the pressure will crush them. This can vary through different things, when they finish doing it make sure that you say that they did a good job and do not say that they could have done better because odds are that they did the best they could. If you say that they did horrible then odds are that you just restarted the whole cycle and just made is worse.
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how to change

If you want to change your mindset from a fixed to a growth all you have to do is follow these steps and believe in your self.

First you have to learn to recognize your mind' s voice

When you approach a problem or a situation in life you will automatically say to your self " i can't do this its too difficult " you have to learn how to talk back to the voice and say " yes i can" once you are aware that you can do something realize that it won't be easy you will have to work hard to achieve your goal.

Next you need to learn how to accept challenges and failure on the path towards your goal

When you decide to take a step towards your new goal you can't expect that your going to accomplish it over night. You need to understand that its going to take hard work and perseverance past all adversities you face.

Find inspiration in others

When your competing and you come in second you need to keep your chin up and say to yourself " if they can do it so can i! nothing is stopping me" Then you will no longer feel intimidated by others success and that will help you believe in you chances to accomplish your goals.

This is a simple guideline that you should follow when trying to accomplish your goals, it will help you persevere and believe in your self when you are doing hard or simple tasks the most important thing to do is to believe in yourself no matter what.

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Effect of Growth Mindset

When you have a growth mindset you gain a whole new attitude towards the meaning of success and how to get there in life

Embracing Challenges

when you have a growth mindset one of the effects are that you will stop backing down from challenges and you will henceforth receive more opportunities in life that can improve it.

Improving Character

Once you believe that you can improve, you will probably find that your overall attitude towards life changes significantly. You will no longer be seen as the person that backs down from challenges in life, you will be seen as a person that people can count on when taking risks in life.

Creating opportunities

Not only will you be embracing more opportunities in life but you will be creating more by having more doors opened when doing something in life .

These are just a few of the areas in your life that will improve when you change your attitude towards life when you have a growth mindset.

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