Have you noticed that some people are completely stuck in their ways, while others always seem to be on a path of learning? It’s easy to get complacent, but you need to ask yourself: Is there more to life than what you’re currently experiencing? If the answer is yes, then how do you walk the path to get there?
You walk the path to the life you actually want to be living by continuously learning and growing. This is the foundation for the growth mindset: To set yourself on a journey of personal growth, as your growth grants you access to all the things you want to have. Let’s look at what the growth mentality is, and why it’s such an essential mindset that you need to adopt.
How the growth mindset changed my life
Back when I was younger, I failed at everything I did because I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand school, I didn’t understand social relationships, mental health, or much at all about the world we live in. Worst of all, I didn’t have any desire to learn because I didn’t know that these things could be learned.
My life was stagnant. Not much changed for a long time, and I was as unhappy as ever. My life continued to get worse until I naturally developed a growth mindset, by realizing that I could learn my way to the life I desired. Then in 2014, I went through a spiritual awakening, which led to 7 years of the nomadic lifestyle, and some pretty incredible experiences.
Looking back at my life, I’m so happy to be the person I have become. I can say that I lead a genuinely fulfilling life that is abundant in amazing adventures, and wholesome relationships, and I have a business that fulfills me. Life is good, but I would still be a child if I didn’t develop a growth mindset by realizing just how important it is.
The growth mindset is to realize that every aspect of who you are can always be improved. Your intelligence can be developed. Your consciousness can be expanded. Your personality, perceptions, belief systems, and outlooks can all be changed. As long as you put in the effort, you can evolve yourself inside out. This is the premise of personal growth.
What is the growth mindset?
The growth mindset is a belief system where you understand that every skill is attainable with a little diligence. It’s to put yourself on a path of continuous learning and growth to become your best self and to make the most of your life experience.
The growth mindset is when you fully acknowledge that your life is a continuous learning curve. Think of it this way. You might not be able to achieve whatever you want to achieve, but you can become the person who can. Developing the growth mindset pushes you to develop yourself into a more competent person, much more quickly.
Without the conscious will to grow into a better person, you stagnate. Stagnation is suicide to personal development as it prevents you from capitalizing on your potential and enjoying the fruition of your hard work. This is why you need to create a good mental foundation to set yourself on a prosperous life journey.
Ultimately, your growth journey is the most fruitful path you can walk as it leads to some incredible experiences. There is nothing you can’t achieve as long as you develop the skills, qualities, and traits needed to achieve it. You are an impressive ecosystem of skills, characteristics, beliefs, and so much more at play. So what can you do to make sure this ecosystem thrives? Find out in the articles below.
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Growth mindset vs fixed mindset
The concept of the growth mindset was popularized by Carol Dweck (an American psychologist), who segmented it into the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. Dweck suggests that on one end of the spectrum, you have the growth mindset which is a big factor in success (read about her studies here). On the other hand, you have a fixed mindset (stagnation in your patterns and programs).
The growth mindset encourages you to continue growing and to use every opportunity that life presents to grow a little bit more as a person. As growth applies to every aspect of your life, the growth mindset applies to everything too. There is nothing you can do in life where knowledge doesn’t benefit you.
The fixed mindset is a mentality where you have no desire to learn or grow, but you live in absolutes. This means that everything that makes you including your skills, personality traits, and belief systems are concrete and can’t be adjusted. This is a limiting belief system that stunts your growth because it doesn’t inspire you to take action or consciously learn.
- Reprogramming the mind: Letting go of limiting belief systems
- How to recognize negative reoccurring patterns in your life
Examples of the growth mindset
Life provides so many opportunities to grow. When you start to see these opportunities in everything you do, whether it’s your work, relationships, hobbies, avocations, or personal development, you will speed up the process of growth.
Therefore, keep an eye open for learning opportunities, in everyday life. These might come in the form of conversations, observation, work, traveling, painful lessons, things that went wrong, and things that went right. Every experience you can extract knowledge of it, and that’s what you need to do if you want to accelerate your learning curve.
Growth mindset characteristics
By developing a growth mindset, here are some of the concomitant characteristics that will highly benefit your life. Instead of seeing the growth mindset as something that’s taught, look at it as a shift in perspective that you need to make. This shift in perception facilitates more growth in your life on all levels, which results in a better life experience.
Let’s look at some common characteristics people who have the growth mindset possess, and how they all function as a whole.
- Be persistent: You will always bounce back, and realize that any failure is the result of not having yet built the required competence to succeed.
- Be adaptable: People who have a growth mindset adapt to their circumstances and learn what they need to learn to make the necessary changes.
- Embrace challenges: Challenges are good because they provide an opportunity for you to stretch yourself. If you don’t ever challenge yourself, you’re not going to learn too much, so embrace them when they enter your life.
- Seek feedback: Feedback, both internal and external, gives you accurate information to help you improve upon something. So if you feel like you want to improve at something, make sure you seek feedback.
- Reflect on failures: As the feedback loop is an important aspect of improving, it’s important to reflect on things that didn’t go to plan (and things that did too).
- You can always succeed: No matter how many times you fail, you will always have reason to try again if you really want to achieve it. As failure implies there’s an endpoint, as long as you’re continuously working towards your goals, you know you won’t fail.
How to develop a growth mindset
There’s no particular way that you can suddenly adopt the growth mindset. It’s not an on-switch, but a wisdom that seeds into your mind the more you encourage it.
Everything begins with desire. If you desire to have something, then you’re going to push yourself to do what you need to do to attain it. When you have a strong enough desire to grow, you will consciously look for ways that you can grow. Unconsciously you will use situations and opportunities as resources to grow.
By developing the willingness to grow, suddenly life becomes a learning curve where every situation, good or bad, aids your development. Encourage this mindset by enjoying the process of learning. Feel the excitement of working on yourself and wondering what neat things you can learn next.
In the article below, I gave some great suggestions to speed up your learning curve. I recommend giving it a read before moving on. Otherwise, here are some fundamental steps to develop the growth mindset
Constantly expand on your skillsets
Look at skills as tools. The more skills that you develop in your life, the more tools you’re going to have in your arsenal. If you’re a construction worker who has the same routine day in and day out, you can learn more about the equipment you work with, procedures, mastering skills, and techniques. You can learn more about the environment you work in, the people you work with, and the business you work for.
If you work in customer service, you can learn about the product you sell, customer etiquette, and social interactions. You can learn about management and operations. There is always more to be learned regardless of what you are doing, and this knowledge will always have some practical value in your life. You should always aspire to be the best at everything you do, by knowing the most out of everyone who does it.
Realize that you are the creator of your life
Realize that you are limitless. This might seem cliche, but I mean it. There is no cap to your evolution on any front, and certainly no limit to the amount you can expand your consciousness. Your mind is elastic. Even though your upbringing has a big influence over who you have become, you are completely responsible for your life journey, nobody else.
There are always more opportunities to learn, despite where you are or what you’re doing. Furthermore, personal growth is a bottomless pit. You can get to deeper levels of well-being and wisdom, but there will always be more to learn. But it always comes back to you. Are you really putting in the effort? Stop making excuses and work on yourself.
To learn more about radical self-responsibility, check out the article below. If you believe you’re a victim and feel powerless to change your life because of that, read the article below.
- Empowering yourself through radical self-responsibility: How to turn your misfortune into a blessing
- 7 solutions to overcome the victim mentality
Engage the feedback loop
The feedback loop means that you reflect on your performance in any given situation, and think about what you could do better next time. If you’re constantly engaging the feedback loop, you’re going to constantly be learning from your experiences. As a result, this means you’re learning curve is going to go straight up.
To grow as quickly as possible, make sure you reflect a lot. Introspect. Think about what you can do, and how you can better yourself. Your internal processes serve as a powerful aid on your personal growth journey.
Open your mind
Opening your mind is hugely important to develop a growth mindset. As an open mind allows you to absorb more ideas and perspectives about the world around you, this is a catalyst for personal growth.
You can open your mind by making an effort not to reject different perspectives and ideas, even if you disagree with them. Listen to everything that everyone says, and look at all sides of any given situation. Aim to be the most knowledgeable you can, and you will start to absorb more information. To learn more about opening your mind, I’ve linked a useful article below.