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Growth Mindset

December 5, 2019
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As we approach a new year, I’d like us all to focus on building a growth mindset. I do not want any of you to stay rooted in a fixed mindset.

Why?

Because I know that all of us have at least one dream – at least one thing – that we all want for ourselves, our families, our children, and/or businesses.

And achieving a dream requires us to step outside of our comfort zones. Otherwise, you would have already achieved your dream!

Achieving a dream requires us to step outside of our comfort zones. Click To Tweet

 

What is a growth mindset?

First, we must give credit where it is due. The concept of a growth mindset and a fixed mindset was created by psychologist Carol Dweck. Second, a mindset refers to your attitude and belief about something.

Hence, a growth mindset refers to your belief that you can do something. It is your belief that you can improve yourself to become better at a task. If you fail at something, then you can learn how to do it because you can teach yourself a skill or improve your natural talents.

Whereas a fixed mindset refers to the belief that if you can’t do something, you cannot improve. Your belief is that you cannot develop your intelligence and your skill.

 

With a growth mindset, if you fail at something, then you can learn how to do it because you can teach yourself a skill or improve your natural talents. Click To Tweet

 

Goal Planning

I am writing this post for the end of the year as many of you will be thinking about your yearly goals, thinking about your January wish lists and new year’s resolutions. These things are mostly fads, especially new year’s resolutions.

Most people won’t make it through the month as their motivation highs will wear off. Particularly as people come up against challenges on the road to their goals, their motivation highs will begin to crash rather quickly.

 

How does having a growth mindset help you?

A growth mindset will help you to adjust your attitude and beliefs about your goal. A growth mindset will allow you to bounce back, adjust your attitude and move forward to tackle your challenge.

This mindset recognizes growth is a part of life. To improve, building your skills is necessary. Even if you have raw natural talent, it does not mean that you have discipline.  Having a growth mindset recognizes that life is about growth and you will continually be stretched to improve yourself. Improving yourself happens outside out of your comfort zone.

There are millions of people in the world with natural talent that never turn out to anything. These people fall apart as soon as they come across a challenge. They do not have coping skills and emotional intelligence.  And they are simply ruled by their circumstances and their emotions. Causing them to fall into the category of a fixed mindset.

 

Achieving a growth mindset

It takes work to develop your mindset. Just as it takes work to improve your skills and build on your talents. It also takes work to make yourself better. No one is perfect at everything. We have all been given gifts from our Heavenly Father. It may take some effort to discover what your gifts are, but you’ll find they’ve been there – inside you – all along.

We are required to be good stewards of the gifts and abilities from God, and this does not happen without intention. Click To Tweet

Consequently, when you make the choice to focus on a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset, you will see the advantages that come from making the effort to improve yourself. In addition, a growth mindset teaches you the necessity of investing in yourself. This attitude also builds faith because it also makes you a good steward over what God has already given you.

We are all called to be good stewards over the gifts that God has blessed us with. However, as I mentioned earlier, this is a choice that you need to make. Becoming a good steward over yourself and your life does not happen by accident.

 

Take time to contemplate this blog post as you begin to set your goals, whether at year-end or at any other time of the year that you are reading this post. Also, checkout the Printables tab and see if there are any tools there that can help you with your goal planning.

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