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The Real Danger of a Fixed Mindset

https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/the-real-danger-of-a-fixed-mindset/

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The Real Danger of a Fixed Mindset
There's a well-established reason why some people tend to be extremely successful in life while others can barely make the ends meet while dealing with a diversity of negative emotions along the way. There's a good reason why some individuals can cultivate and maintain healthy habits while others struggle with addictions.

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What a Fixed Mindset is

It's a mentality that seeks validation. The individual builds a certain degree of knowledge and skills due to various reasons. Then, instead of consistently improving them, the person begins to seek validation from others by trying to prove himself in various ways.

A person with a fixed mindset can easily cultivate doubt, confusion, and procrastination habits because failures make him vulnerable.

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Disadvantages of a Fixed Mindset

  • It provokes dissatisfaction and disappointment.
  • It decreases self-knowledge and self-awareness. 
  • It cuts off opportunities. A fixed mindset person is usually afraid to take risks.
  • It encourages mediocrity.
  • It attracts mediocre relationships that will hardly bring long-term satisfaction.
  • It leads to stagnation.

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What a Growth Mindset is

The growth-oriented person perceives failures as useful feedback. He doesn’t stop to wonder if he’s appreciated by others or if he should do more to impress. The growth-oriented person seeks excellence through practice. 

This involves consistency and persistence. When failing, he doesn’t get discouraged but rather motivated to succeed the next time.

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A Mix Between Mindsets

We’re not falling into one category of mindset only. Every person’s mindset varies because there’s no possibility for a mindset to be entirely fixed. 

To improve yourself mostly means to improve your mindset. So whenever you’re struggling with progress, be aware that there’s a problem in your mindset.

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Shifting to a Growth Mindset

  • Self-awareness. The more aware you are of your mindset the more you’ll be able to change it. 
  • Knowledge. The more you read and learn the bigger momentum you’ll gain to seek further.
  • Willpower. Once you have identified what you have to do, and you have acquired the necessary knowledge, you must use your willpower. Knowledge without action leads to nothing.

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The growth mindset

...is the belief that your abilities can be improved through effort. 

And this means you can get better and hard work pays off.

Tips for encouraging a growth mindset (in yourself and in others):

  • Don’t praise ability or intelligence: That promotes a fixed mindset. Compliment effort, process and choices.
  • Don’t ignore outcome, tie it to effort: You can be happy about success, but attribute it to effort.
  • Respond positively to failure: Failure isn’t bad, it’s a tool for improving.
  • Don’t just say “Try hard.” Set goals: Blind repetition doesn’t work. 
  • Practice a Growth mindset in all areas of life: There’s no area where they cannot improve with hard work.
  • Share your own Growth mindset efforts: Practice it yourself and share your results.

What Emotional Fitness is

It's the idea that in order to lead healthy, happy emotional lives we need consistent habits and exercises that support our mental health and wellbeing.

The Benefits of Emotional Fitness

  • Decreased stress: you learn to manage your triggers.
  • Better communication in relationships: it helps you to tolerate and manage difficult emotions and then find more productive ways to work through difficulties.
  • Decreased anxiety: you train your mind to stop fearing its own emotional reactions.
  • You stick with your goals: you learn to deal with emotions like anxiety, shame, regret.
  • Increased self-awareness: you learn to build a better relationship with your emotions.

Get to know your emotions

  • Emotional clarity: Taking the time to deliberately reflect on our emotions, to observe and label them.
  • Emotional myth-busting: Eliminating myths and misconceptions floating around people’s minds about emotions. 
  • Emotional tolerance: Learning to resist short-term gratification and instead invest in long-term values.

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If you believe things about yourself like…

  • “It's hard for me to lose weight.”
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  • “I'm a procrastinator.”

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Actions change your beliefs

It's your daily actions that will change what you believe about yourself and the person you become. 

Focus on the process. Focus on showing up,  on sticking to the schedule, on “not quitting.

Eventually, the results and the self–confidence will come anyway.