Accomplishing great things or failing to is usually determined by one’s mindset. The mindset includes thoughts and beliefs that one has about the world and themselves in it. Below are characteristics that can help you figure out your mindset. There are two basic mindsets, the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

According to Carol Dweck, a Professor of psychology at Stanford University, success is not determined at birth but on our ability to face challenges.

Growth mindset

People who have a growth mindset have the belief that they can improve, grow and achieve their dreams. What is the one quality that all successful people have in common? The characteristic of individuals with a growth mindset include:

  • People with a growth mindset believe that they can be good at anything because their actions influence their abilities.
  • Person with a growth mindset is always enthusiastic about learning something new, trying out a new task. In their free time, they find something productive. They are always excited when faced with a new and creative task.
  • When faced with a chore that is challenging or one that they have done before, they are eager to learn how to complete it. They don’t shy away from taking up new tasks.
  • When a person with a growth mindset fails in a certain task, they don’t just give up. Instead, they analyze the situation and put more effort to try and succeed. They will keep trying even if they fail in the second and subsequent attempts.

Fixed mindset

People with fixed mindsets are those that have given up on their dreams and believe that their abilities are static. They believe that their potential was determined at birth. Characteristics of people with fixed mindsets include:

  • They believe that you are either good or not good at something, and it’s just who you are.
  • People with a fixed mindset do not take much interest in trying out new things. When they are not busy with their obligations, they find something to entertain themselves instead of taking up new tasks or doing something challenging.
  • They panic when faced with new and difficult tasks. Instead of looking for ways to learn how to complete the task, rather, they start looking for people who can complete the task for them.
  • People with fixed mindsets don’t take failure very well. If they lose at the first attempt, they will be reluctant to try and second time, and if they do, they will put very little effort. After a few attempts, they will come to a conclusion that they are not good enough for the task and quit.

You can transform your mindset from fixed to growth by recognizing that how you interpret circumstances is all your choice. Come up with a strategy to keep off the fixed mindset, put more effort and work on stretching your abilities.

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