Fixed vs. Growth mindset: Two Mindsets to unleash your potential

Every action we perform or everything we interpret is totally dependent on our mindset. Mindset is a set of rules, attitudes, or values held by someone. Think of mindset as a filter through which you only see, what you want to see. Carol S. Dweck, PH. D. in her book “Mindset”, writes that there are two types of mindsets: a fixed and a growth mindset.

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.”

Amit Ray

Many of us have a role model, someone about whom we think in our tough times. We become more and more like our role models when we try to mimic them. Almost always in the same situation, two people might think differently because of their mindset. So, let’s create our mindset which will help us to excel in our lives and succeed in every sphere of life. Before we do that, let’s differentiate fixed vs growth mindset.

Fixed vs. Growth mindset Two Mindsets to unleash your potential
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Fixed Mindset

Individuals with a fixed mindset think that they have a fixed level of intelligence, cognition and almost all their traits are hardwired in them and they can’t develop one on their own or even can’t overcome or enhance any of them. According to them, they can only succeed, if they have the required trait hardwired in them otherwise they can’t.

Growth Mindset.

Alternatively, individuals having a growth mindset believe that their intelligence is not fixed. They can learn anything and they have the potential to develop or let go of any trait they want in them. They don’t fear problems, instead, they love solutions, they love learning.

I never lose. I either win or learn.

Nelson Mandela

Which Mindset is better?

Well, Everyone agrees that in order to succeed, we must put ourselves into a Growth mindset, because no one is created perfectly. Life pose problems after us to let us learn. World is like educational institute, where you will constantly learn until you die.

Death is the only end.

Anonymous

Until you die, learn to love the problems we face. They are here to teach us valuable lessons. They show us the real face of everything. Therefore, learn to test yourself, your abilities. Question yourself. Constantly seek mentorship. Learn from other’s experiences. Focus on solutions, not on problems. You can develop any trait you want in you. Learn any skill, you want in you.

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.”

Steve Maraboli

How to develop a growth mindset?

If you are reading this, probably you are already a person with a growth mindset. People with fixed mindsets believe that they can’t change but you are trying and that’s a very good sign to start out with. Set goals and learn to deal with changes. Start Small and continue. Be consistent and practice a growth mindset. Remember, Repetition is the mother of all skills. Gradually but surely you will develop a growth mindset if you remain consistent.

Conclusion

Mindset is the mirror through which we see the world. Alfred Binet, the inventor of the IQ test designed the IQ test to identify students who were not profiting from Paris public schools, so that he can create a new track or road map for those students and get them back on track. Today, the world confuses IQ test scores with intelligence. You are among intelligent species. Intelligence is practicing a growth mindset.

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