The Growth Mindset is such an essential part of success that I felt the need to share more about it! As previously mentioned, “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." (Dweck) This is in contrast to the fixed mindset where "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.” Developing a growth mindset is integral in learning and development. In order to do so, Dweck suggests that you follow the process...
Step 1. Embrace your fixed mindset (at least acknowledge it). It is important to note, that people exhibit both mindsets at certain times and for certain things. The first step is to just acknowledge your fixed mindset.
Step 2. Become aware of what triggers your fixed mindset. It can be when you are faced with a new challenge. A deadline approaching. An injury. A missed promotion. An award or acknowledgement not received. A lost relationship. A recent raise. Someone else's success. Whatever it is, your goal is to identify what causes/caused you to fall into the fixed mindset trap. Do not judge yourself for this, but just observe what happens to your mindset.
Step 3. Give your fixed mindset a persona. From here, you can separate yourself from this mindset by giving it a name. Notice the trends of your thought processes, the emotions, and feelings that you have when this persona comes out.
Step 4. Learn to use the growth mindset instead. Teach this newly named persona how you will take these triggers and turn it into a learning experience.
Step 5. Spread the growth mindset. Make new goals every day. Remind yourself to take the growth approach. Ask yourself what you have learned today? Teach others based on your experiences. Continue to focus on your growth!
Identifying, separating, and converting your mindset from a fixed to growth mindset is the ultimate goal. You will tend to fall into a fixed mindset at times because it is easy or a learned response. The fixed mindset is there because of a reason. Whether it was developed as a conditioned response, an efficient way of thinking, or as a result of trauma or other past experience...it'll find it's way to creep back in. Your response to the identified fixed mindset is key. The goal is to stop it before it starts weighing you down and to convert it into a positively growth driven force.
For more information on mindsets and how to develop the growth mindset, I HIGHLY recommend Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.