Why Mindset Matters...
Your thoughts create your actions.
Sometimes putting some effort into talking to yourself in a kinder manner, and perhaps
telling yourself you CAN do something, will result in positive change.
I challenge you to try to employ a “Growth Mindset” and pull
yourself away from a “Fixed Mindset”.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent,
are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent
instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates
success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed
through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This
view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great
As you face challenges:
THE FIXED-MINDSET says “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the
THE GROWTH-MINDSET answers, “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn
to with time and effort.”
FIXED MINDSET: “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure”
GROWTH MINDSET: “Most successful people had failures along the way.”
FIXED MINDSET: “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.”
GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t try, I automatically fail. Where’s the dignity in that?”
As you hit a setback:
FIXED MINDSET: “This would have been a snap if you really had talent.”
GROWTH MINDSET: “That is so wrong. Basketball wasn’t easy for Michael Jordan and
science wasn’t easy for Thomas Edison. They had a passion and put in tons of effort.
As you face criticism:
FIXED MINDSET: “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.”
GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it. Let me listen—however
painful it is– and learn whatever I can.”