The Most Important Mindset for Long-term Success
People with a fixed mindset think intelligence, character, and creative potential are unchangeable attributes that come from birth. They also assume that success is the result of this inherent talent. They tend to avoid failure to avoid looking fallible.
People with a growth mindset do not look at failure as a reflection of their ability, but rather as a starting point for testing ideas.
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We often think that we need to have talent and confidence before we can accomplish something.
In reality, talent is often overrated. It is small accomplishments that lead to confidence.
Research shows that praising a child for their intelligence can be detrimental as they face obstacles differently. Instead, praise your child for their effort.
When you believe in innate ability, then you feel you have to prove yourself over and over. Any sort of difficulty creates a desire to give up to keep your "smart" persona intact.
Talent truly matters in two ways:
The key to developing a growth mindset is to "fake it until you make it." It results in small wins, which will lead to real confidence.
Start with focusing on small wins by changing your habits. Make daily "micro quotas" such as 10 minutes of working out a day. Once your habit is established, scale it. Over time, this creates a growth mindset - a passion for learning instead of a need for approval.
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The 3 steps to encourage a change in mindset:
Notice if you rush to conclusions about fundamental abilities:
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...so many people declare they have it:
...is the belief that your abilities can be improved through effort.
And this means you can get better and hard work pays off.
People with a Growth Mindset believe they can grow, develop, and master whatever skills and abilities they wish in life.
They enjoy learning and overcoming challenges, work...
It includes the ideas we have about ourselves and the world around us.
These beliefs come from our innate dispositions, childhood experience and/or cultural/societal influence and are often entrenched.
If you believe you can’t learn new skills or change the way you work, look at the evidence that supports both your negative and positive beliefs.
This may not necessarily lead to a modification of those beliefs, but is an important start. You can use belief monitoring to keep track of your thinking.
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