Mastering the Mindset
“With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.” – Travis Bradberry
When having a fixed mindset you are telling yourself and believing that the abilities you were born with are all you have and it is not going to get better. It is so important to change your fixed mindset and adopt a growth mindset.
A growth mindset allows you to let go and turn a negative situation in a positive one. It allows you to believe that you can improve. Take working out for example. If you have a fixed mindset you will want to avoid the challenges of waking up early or your body aching and give up easily. With a growth mindset you will embrace the challenges and move through the obstacles.
When you think about your job, if you have complaints from your boss and only think of everything with a fixed mindset than you are holding yourself back and allowing yourself to be stressed. Try changing your thoughts and begin to think that the complaints may be a learning opportunity. This helps to not take the feedback personally, you will see the effort you are putting in as a path to becoming a master at what you are doing and be inspired by other’s success.
If you have a fixed mindset and would like to try to adapt a growth mindset you can review Frederique Murphy’s 6 techniques to turn things around.
- Leverage it
You are in charge and you need to make the changes. You have all of the power.
- Interrupt it
Take a step away from whatever it is that you want to change then come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes we can be so absorbed in it that makes it hard to see.
- Define it
Take out a piece of paper and write down exactly what you want to change.
- Flip it
Change your perspective on what you want to change so you are now looking at it positively.
- Process it
You do this to prevent something from happening again. When you are processing you can write out the lessons learned so you can grow.
- Act it
Write out your plan and act on it. This will reduce your stress and anxiety.
Tony Robbins says we have to make a decision of how we are going to live and we can do that by directing our own minds. Are you ready for the change?