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Understand your mindset and reach your potential

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

Types of Mindsets

There are two sets of mindsets that we can cultivate:

One that embraces problems as opportunities to learn - GROWTH MINDSET

One that avoids problems out of fear of failure - FIXED MINDSET

Research by Dr Carol Dweck, Professor Stanford University

states "For decades I have been studying why some people succeed, while people, who are equally talented do not. Over the years I have discovered that people's mindsets play a crucial role in this process".

Mindset traits

People with Fixed Mindsets believe they are not in control of their abilities. Skills are born.

Leads to a desire to look smart and therefore a tendency to:

  • I'm not even going to try beca

use I might not be able to do it, I'll fail

  • Ignore useful negative feedback

  • Avoid challenges

  • See effort as a waste of time

  • Feel threatened by the success of others

  • Give up easily

As a result they may plateau early and achieve less than their full potential. Their world is small.

People with Growth Mindsets believe they are in control of their abilities. Skills are built.

Leads to a desire to learn with tendencies towards:

  • Failure is an opportunity to grow

  • Feedback is constructive

  • Embrace challenges they help me improve

  • I can learn to do anything I want

  • I am inspired by the success of others

  • My effort and attitude determine my abilities

As a result they reach ever higher levels of achievement giving them a greater sense of free will. Their world is large, vibrant and full of possibilities.

Can you develop a growth mindset?

If you are in a fixed mindset you are telling yourself constantly "I can't.........................."

If you were to say this in a growth mindset voice you would be saying " I can't YET"

If you're in a fixed mindset you tell yourself " It's not my fault, it was something or someone else's fault".

In a growth mindset you would say " If I don't take responsibility, I can't fix it, let me learn from this".

Take these steps

Take a moment to write down all the things that you are good at, go on surprise yourself there are probably more than you think. Start the sentence with I am good at..........

Now write down all the things that you would like to try or be good at. Start the sentence with I want to.......

Against all of these write down what is stopping you, this may be past experiences that didn't work out as you planned. Is there a pattern forming?

To activate a growth mindset start asking yourself the right questions:

  • Do I know the goal I am after? when you know what it is write it down

  • What is your most important reason for wanting to achieve it?

  • What steps can I take to help me succeed?

  • What information do I need and where do I get it? who can help me?

  • If I had a plan to be successful at ............what would it look like? when will I complete it?

  • What mistakes have I made that have taught me something?

  • Did I learn anything today?

  • Did I make a real effort at something today?

  • What new habits/behaviours must I develop to continue learning, growing and achieving my goals?

Put these into action

Believe in trying.

  • I can do this................

  • I am starting to be more confident now

  • I...................................


  • I am improving.......................everyday

  • I am more confident

  • I am worthy

  • I am happy

  • I did it

  • I.................................

  • I.................................