At one time or another in our lives, we all have some difficulty changing our behavior or reasoning according to the requirements of our environment. Therefore, we are struggling to cope with unexpected and unlooked-for events that can happen in our lives. Why we do things a certain way?
What would you do if you just learned that you have the ability to learn new things and it is never too late to change your life for the better?
If you had some advice to recommend to younger people, about life (things to do or not to do), what would it be? If you could turn back the hands of time and you have the opportunity to do something different about your life or the ability to change a situation in relation to an undesirable circumstance in your life, what would it be?
How to develop and maintain a growth mindset?
When it comes to problem-solving and decision-making, are you often out of date? Do you feel the need to learn new things? Can you improve your intelligence? Do you believe that the brain is malleable? Do you have an inability to adapt to new situations? Your answers to these questions will give you an indication of your mindset.
1. Growth mindset vs fixed mindset
When someone with a growth mindset is faced with a situation that is not routine, that is, it is not learned, it is a new situation, he is stimulated because he believes that this is the best way to learn and use new strategies and raise his potential. Because he knows that if he wants to increase his ability, he has to learn and implement new strategies constantly.
Then he will develop a hypothesis to evaluate the relevance and the irrelevance of each aspect of the situation so as to provide an adequate response to this new domain.
On the other hand, for someone with a fixed mindset, he will tend to beat off the situation that is not routine because he does not believe he has the potential to overcome the problem. So he will give up as soon as the situation arises.
Thus, these people live their reality on the basis of very rigid conditions and with an almost mystical resistance to change and with very little possibility of openness.
You can do a small exercise to find out if you have a fixed or a growth mindset. By reviewing the recurring points of your negative or positive emotional states you can see how you react to challenges and how you respond to them.
Use the voice memo of your smartphone to record whenever you have emotions and try to describe your current behavior and find your ‘why’ of these behaviors.
Try to see if you are in the category of people who are unable to look at a situation of life from different perspectives.
2. How to turn a fixed mindset into a growth mindset?
To turn your fixed mindset into growth mindset, it is just a process of controlling what you are used to thinking and the strategies you usually use to solve a problem. You need to learn how to use the resources at your disposal in order to boost your potential.
Do not be impressed by these words, fixed mindset/growth mindset because we are all in the same process. You can have a growth mindset in some areas while you have a fixed mindset in others. It is not about becoming a superhero in all areas of your life.
Everyone lives with his weaknesses and qualities. You just have to be humble and take responsibility and do not be completely overwhelmed by the events. Use or learn new strategies to keep moving.
More and more, the industrial era is gradually giving way to a new era in where information and knowledge are now at the heart of all issues.
3. How to maintain a growth mindset?
You no longer have to adopt a position of immobility because the world is constantly changing and your mind is perfectly capable of adapting to all these new situations.
A growth mindset is to believe that you can develop your abilities through learning, dedication, hard work. It is quite a state of mind.
If you stay in this fixed mindset, you cannot progress, you will stick with what you know and not be able to benefit from the advantages that your environment offers you. You keep within your limits, you are afraid to get out of your usual cocoon. So, since you are not in the growth zone, there is no progression either.
Someone with a growth mindset readjusts his thoughts and is more motivated. This person is happier and fulfilled in his career. He/she is more productive, maintains, in general, good relationship with others. He/she is committed to learning and more inclined to innovation.
That does not mean you’re not going to have problems. Life is made of ups and downs and problems are part of it.
But, on the other hand, you will be able to understand your problems differently, with a more peaceful state of mind and inclined to approach new challenges.
Thanks for reading!