Humans operate on two mindsets. It is either the ‘Growth Mindset’ or the ‘Fixed Mindset.’ These two terms might seem ordinary, but how we look at our life entirely depends upon these two terms.
In the words of Carol, a fixed mindset is,
“Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you only have a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character — well, then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them. It simply wouldn’t do to look deficient in these most basic characteristics.”
and a growth mindset is,
“In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and exercise.”
There are quite complex interpretations of these mindsets but we are going to keep it simple and more understandable.
Consider a situation where you are given a task to perform. Let’s say you are given a mathematics problem to solve. You know that there are only two possibilities to that problem you either solve it or you do not. Taking into account, the second possibility that you did not solve the problem. What will you do now? How will you react to it? These questions depend on the mindset you possess. If you have a fixed mindset you will think, “I am a failure” “I cannot solve a problem” “How will I succeed” “Life seems to end” but if you have a growth mindset you will think, “Okay, it was just another opportunity to learn.” “I can surely do better than this.”
Putting the above situation under the light, a fixed mindset will lead you to nowhere, in fact, if you have a fixed mindset one failure will lead you to supplemental failures. Why? Because, you will dwell on that one failure and will not look at what the future holds. This will not only lead you to negative pathway but will also drain out the motivation from you as you will always be thinking that, ” I am a failure, and I cannot do anything.”
However, if you have a growth mindset you will do a self-assessment and think why you failed? This will not only give you an opportunity to perform better in the future but will also uncover a loophole which you can fix. “Grow-ers” will not let setbacks define them. They will work more hard in the future to reclaim the lost glory. “Fix-ers” think setbacks are permanent and defining but “Grow-ers” think that setbacks are temporary and a lesson to learn from.
Moreover, people with a fixed mindset are afraid to face the reality and challenges, “Everything is over” will keep them away from becoming better versions of themselves and will not encourage them to face challenges.
Whereas, people with a growth mindset are always willing to strive and take challenges. For them, life is not about winning or losing life is about learning. That is the reason why they seem to appear more calm and content with their lives and are always moving towards better.
“We do not learn from success we learn from failures, which leads us to more success.” You will only able to follow this quotation if you have a growth mindset. Because that helps you to think, re-think the solution.
To put it all in one paragraph, a growth mindset might seem hard and unrealistic to adopt at first but it is the real deal. Because it helps you to look at your life or a certain problem from every aspect. It helps you believe that one setback does not define you and you are capable of achieving more. On the other hand, a fixed mindset keeps you in one place and stops you from progressing forward.
A fixed mindset will not let you share this but if you have a growth mindset you will definitely share this article.
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