Would you like to start the year with a positive mindset? Then read on…
Carol Dweck is generally regarded as one of the leading researchers in the field of developmental psychology. Her book Mindset; how you can reach your full potential has been a regular on my reading list since obtaining it a couple of years ago.
There are some actionable points below to help you determine your own Mindset.
The basic premise of mindsets is that they can either be fixed (closed) or growth (open).
I have come across this theory often in the outdoor industry, especially working with young people. Being able to experience failure without being judged or measured and using the experience to grow and come back stronger is not often found in a classroom environment.
How do you know what kind of mindset you have?
There are ways to ascertain if you have a fixed or growth mindset, ask yourself the following questions;
When confronted with a challenging situation do you embrace it or try to side step? Do you get defensive or give up too easy or do you persist, exhaust every available option?
How do you respond to constructive feedback, take it on board accept it or ignore it.
Do you see effort as a necessity as a path to mastery or as a waste of time?
How do you respond to the success of others? Can you learn from them or do you feel threatened by them?
It is important to be honest with yourself when asking these questions even if you might not like the answers.
I have suffered (if that is the right word) with a fixed mindset for many years in the past believing that my path was pre-ordained with little or no chance of breaking free and pretty much accepting it. The good news about Dwecks work is that she believes we all have the ability to change our mindset for the better.
A growth mindset will allow you to learn and develop to confront challenges head on, to relish effort as a constructive force to be able to do the things you thought were merely dreams.
Throughout the next week, make a note of the challenges you face, maybe you’ve put yourself on a diet and have been offered cakes at work or you’re on a fitness campaign but it’s raining and you are having second thoughts about exercising…,
How did you respond to the challenge? Did you want to give up? Did you give up or give in?
Has someone or something made you feel bad about yourself, again ask yourself how did you respond?
I have recently been playing around with journaling at the end of each day just writing down some thoughts and feelings and have found it to be therapeutic, this along with a new meditation routine have added renewed sense of purpose to my life.
Get yourself a journal, (Moleskine are my preferred make) write down your goals in the front and jot down your thoughts and feelings as you continue your journey to reach them. Remember to be honest with yourself, there is no right or wrong just learning from past experience.
By taking the next steps and acting you will be making the first positive contribution to changing your mindset for the better.
Please feel free to leave comments below on your experiences, have you changed your mindset? or suffered from a fixed mindset or maybe you have had negative experience with mindsets.