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Growth Mindset: The Key to a More Fulfilling Life

Growth Mindset: The Key to a More Fulfilling Life

  • 24 July, 2023
  • Gira Schofield

Building a growth mindset is like building a muscle: it takes time, effort, and consistency. Just like you wouldn't expect to see results from going to the gym once or twice a month, you won't develop a growth mindset overnight. But if you're willing to put in the work, you can gradually transform your mindset and achieve your goals.

There are two main mindsets:

  1. A Growth Mindset- you see challenges as opportunities. Having a growth mindset you are more resilient and see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  2. A Fixed Mindset- you see mistakes as failures. Having a fixed mindset you are more pessimistic and tend to respond to challenges in a negative way.

Our mindsets can vary depending on the situation. For example, we might have a growth mindset when it comes to our job or career, seeing challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. However, we might have a fixed mindset when it comes to our family in-laws or romantic relationships, believing that our personalities and relationships are set in stone.

This is because our mindsets are influenced by our beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. When we believe that we can learn and grow, we are more likely to approach challenges with a growth mindset. However, when we believe that our abilities are fixed, we are more likely to approach challenges with a fixed mindset.

It is important to be aware of our own mindsets and how they are affecting our lives. If we find that we are having a fixed mindset in a particular area of our lives, we can challenge our beliefs and start to adopt a growth mindset. This can help us to achieve our goals and live a more fulfilling life.

How do you start building a Growth Mindset?

  • Become aware of your mindset. What are your beliefs about yourself and your abilities? Do you believe that you can learn and grow, or do you believe that your abilities are fixed? Once you're aware of your current mindset, you can start to challenge it and adopt a growth mindset.

  • Be consistent. Building a growth mindset takes time and effort, so it's important to be consistent with your practice. Make time for activities that help you develop a growth mindset, such as reading, reflecting, and challenging yourself.

  • Be disciplined. Building a growth mindset requires discipline. You'll need to be willing to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and learn from your mistakes. But if you're willing to be disciplined, you'll eventually see results.

Journaling these questions below can help you become more aware of your own mindset and make a conscious choice to adopt a growth mindset. Also, every 3-6 months you can reflect back on these questions, which can help track your progress.

  1. How resilient am I when facing a challenge?
  2. How do I handle failure or setbacks?
  3. How often do I compare myself to others?
  4. How do I talk to myself? Am I encouraging and supportive, or am I critical and negative?
  5. Do I speak kindly to myself & how often?
  6. What are my limiting beliefs?
  7. How can I challenge my limiting beliefs?
  8. How can I open myself up to new possibilities and challenges?
  9. What are the things I believe that hold me back from achieving my goals and having more fulfillment in my life?
  10. What is my growth mindset mantra?

Remember, our brain loves patterns, which create our habits. Our mind loves belief systems, which create our perceptions. Many times our habits unconsciously develop around a core belief. If you can practice becoming more aware of your thoughts, then you can learn to consciously choose to have a growth mindset.

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~You Matter~ 
Gira Schofield

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