It is undeniable that growth and development are fundamental markers to life besides being strong determinants of success and achievement for an individual. Contemporary times have seen a huge traction to how the growth mindset can help humans leap to opportunities beyond their reach; career success has been in the forefront as one of the many benefits that come along. Then why is it true that we aren't using the golden key to unlock doors to our success stories?
As true as this stands, a mindset of growth can be built from scratch! You can absolutely cultivate your mind to attract growth and possibilities. Like growth and development, adaptation is another prospect that humans are innately capable of. With application and experience, it is proven that one can tremendously change their faulty thought patterns, walk past unhealthy habits and at the same time build values and beliefs that align them with growth.
Working on the mindset is as important for anyone because how you think can actually change what you strive for and what you see as success. Your thoughts are the seeds that sprout to actions and circumstances in life.
Carol Dweck, in her book "Mindset-The New Psychology of Success'' elucidates how by changing your definition, significance, and impact of failure, you change the deepest meaning of effort. She writes how a fixed mindset can not only come in the way of growth, but can also negatively impact all aspects of life. With effort and guidance, one can kick start their journey of developing a growth mindset. Let us look at some core beliefs that demarcate a mindset of growth-
Failures in life are nothing but opportunities to learn. Resilience is one big inculcation that your mindset needs. Redefine failures as learning experiences and stepping stones rather than benchmarks to hard luck or shortcomings.
Hiding from weaknesses means never overcoming them. Acceptance can go a long way for you to be able to seek help in places you need it. Don't shy away from admitting what you are not good at or what you don't know- that's when you can go ahead and learn it.
When you prioritize approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth. Success is measured in different paradigms and has subjective definitions. What you envision doesn't need to make sense to everybody around. Instead of seeking validation for yourself, seek knowledge that guides you to become better by the day.
Emphasis on growth over speed. Allow yourself time to make mistakes; learn to enjoy the process with as much enthusiasm as you have for the result that follows. Focus on the quality of learning, do it well rather than doing it fast.
Other people's success is inspiration and not competition. You can certainly be at your best if you compete with only your previous performance, seeking to outdo your records and wishing to be better than yesterday. Seek the best advice from others' success and learn from their mistakes. These stories can help you in great ways if you choose to deal with them with the right mindset.
Feedback needs to be appreciated. Criticism needs to find space as a tool of constructive learning. Find the good in all that you receive. Take note of what is healthy criticism and try working on it.
Don't follow the pack blindly. Instead craft your own path to growth, take the community along and lead them to success with your vision. If you truly appreciate growth, you’ll want to share your progress with others.