Your mindset strongly influences your quality of life, living with the right mindset is critical to being happy and gaining a sense of fulfilment. To have the best mindset, you have to focus on strategies to help you get into the right mindset and optimize your potential.
Your mindset is the sum of your thoughts and beliefs that determine how you make sense of yourself, your immediate environment, and the world.
According to Carol Dweck, a researcher and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, there are two types of mindsets that people can have: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
Lets look at what she explains:
Someone with a “fixed mindset” assumes that their temperament, intelligence, and level of creativity are innate characteristics that cannot be changed. People with a fixed mindset only believe that they have been successful when their performance or intelligence measures higher than the standard. They constantly strive for success and avoid failure at all costs.
Having a fixed mindset leads to a belief that intelligence and talent are limited, so there is no use in working to develop or learn. And, because they believe they were born with a restriction on their talent, those with a fixed mindset put this same restriction on their effort–and subsequently, their success.
Growth Mindset: “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 accomplishment.”
Alternatively, people who have a “growth mindset” seek out challenges and view failure as a chance to learn and build upon their abilities. With time and effort, their intelligence and knowledge can grow because they recognize that their effort influences their success, so they spend more time practicing or learning, which leads to higher levels of achievement. What kind of mindset do you have?
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