In a fixed mindset, Dweck states that "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.” A person with a fixed mindset will tend to rely on external validation of their talent. This validation will confirm positive thoughts about their talents and abilities. Validation serves as motivation. Any absence of validation (or worse invalidation) serves as a threat to their talents and ability. Research has shown that individuals with a fixed mindset tend to avoid failure, be debilitated by failures, and will seek validation at all costs (including: lie, cheat, steal).
Dweck writes that “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." This is the individual who sees failure, obstacles, and challenges as an opportunity to learn/grow. They do not require the external validation of results, awards, and successes to fuel their egos because they love the journey, and the learning that comes along with it. They strive to always become a better version of themselves for the sake of becoming better, not because of recognition.
The growth mindset is the ideal. It is the foundation of what Tough Grit Performance is all about. To enjoy the ride of life and all of it's trials and tribulations. To take each obstacle thrown in your way, and use it as an opportunity to grow. To not rely on the feedback or praise of others, and to live the life you love... because you love it. To share this growth mindset with others and build strong healthy relationships. To use this mindset in all avenues of life. To recognize instances in which one may develop a fixed mindset, and incorporate the growth mindset instead. To own mistakes, no matter how painful it may feel. To gain knowledge from what went wrong, and strive to be better. When "something bad happens to you", to use it as a learning experience or an opportunity to improve yourself. To develop habits that encourage this growth mindset. Lift weights. Read books. Volunteer. Ask questions. Challenge your thoughts and opinions. Focus on your health and the health of others. Grow.
For more information on mindsets and how to develop the growth mindset, refer to Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.