Fixed vs. Growth Mindset: What is it?
Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Does it even matter? Well, it does according to Carol Dweck who is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Within her best selling book, Carol mentions that we all either have a fixed or growth mindset. The distinction between the two is of course of paramount importance as it influences how you think about the world, think about life, respond to adversity, and how you adapt to changes in your environment.
How we adapt to adversity and to changes within our environment effectively determine how successful we potentially become in any field of endeavor. Moreover, it determines how much of our potential we are able to access to help us accomplish our personal goals and objectives.
We develop our preference for a fixed or growth mindset early in life. During youth, certain life experiences and the influence of our peers shapes our preference for one mindset over the other. This, of course, doesn’t mean that we cannot change or shift our mindset preference as adults. Change is always very possible but can be difficult for those who have deeply ingrained patterns and beliefs that shape how they think and respond to circumstances.
Awareness is, of course, the first step to change. Becoming aware of how you think and respond to circumstances can be the catalyst that brings about a shift in the way you approach your life.
The purpose of this article is to help raise your awareness of the existence of these two mindsets. Once you become aware of them you can then use this knowledge as a catalyst to make positive changes moving forward. We will specifically break down the fixed and growth mindset and discuss how they differ in terms of beliefs, habits and overall approach to life and circumstances.