Over the last few years I've spent a lot of time learning, training and coaching a lot of different people. Working on things like understanding our mindset, where our beliefs come from and how those beliefs create our values, our habits and our actions. One of the most impactful lessons I've learned, is about the ability to create a Growth Mindset. Yet, most people I've worked with haven't heard anything about this approach to thinking and behavior. Many of us have it innately, but this is one mental shift, that if truly applied can totally change your outlook on almost anything in life.
Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset, discusses that there are two different types of mental frameworks we can approach the world from. The 1st is a Fixed Mindset where we believe our talent, intelligence, skills, etc. are all predefined, there is no more that we can develop beyond what we already have. Her research finds that a Fixed Mindset is what has been programmed in many of us (especially in the US) due to how our school system trains our mind to operate. We are told you FAIL on a test or an entire class. We aren't told you can get better or can improve. We are taught the answers are all in the books, not on you to develop and grow. When they ran a study with students and used "Not Yet" to replace the "F" it significantly increased students propensity to score higher on future tests. Because we then taught them opposed to failing, they can improve, they can get better they just aren't there Yet.
The core tenets of a Growth Mindset revolve around running into challenges and opposed to saying I can't do that, you explore new options, you look for solutions. If you would've stopped trying to walk after your first time trying, do you think you would ever end up walking?
We can realize that "Failure" gives us an opportunity, to learn, grow and develop new skills. The best learning doesn't come from victory, but comes from falling on your face. It's up to you to make it a learning experience, look at your activities as learning opportunities and you will be able to grow and accomplish more than you maybe ever though possible.
Check out Carol's awesome TED talk, The Power of Believing That You Can Improve. And then I'm curious to hear from you. How has a growth or fixed mindset impacted your life? What experiences have helped you grow?
About Jordan Benjamin
Jordan is the founder of My Core OS. After spending years in sales, working with sellers and studying peak performance he found an opportunity to help sellers level up to not only build peak performance at work, but to also create harmony between work and life so you can sustain performance over the long term.