Growth vs Fixed. . .
Fixed & Unchanging vs. Improving & Developing
Our mindset is what makes us optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our attitude and it is the ultimate factor which determines our success or failure and how we handle stress and challenges. Dr. Dweck believes that we basically have either a fixed-mindset which implies that we believe our attributes and abilities are inherently fixed and unchanging.
Or, a growth-mindset that suggests, we believe our talents and abilities can be improved and developed.
How do you define yourself, set in fixed ways of thinking and doing? Or constantly learning and seeking new ways to develop and master living life to the fullest.
A person with growth-mindset feels eager to learn to boost his/her performance and enjoys exploring, experimenting and stretching herself. He/She is not sensitive to criticisms and setbacks don’t hurt her so hard. Because their vision of life is to understand the process and keep moving forward, even when setbacks occur.
Nurturing the Growth Mindset
Think of your effort as a sign of your strength not as a confirmation of your shortcomings. Think of learning as a joyful and constructive process rather than a chore that exposes your inadequacies.
In a fixed-mindset, the aim is to achieve validation. The person constantly tries to prove himself, and is highly sensitive to being wrong or making a mistake. So, failure brings him doubt, demeans his character, and destroys his confidence. As a result, a person with a fixed-mindset, always feels anxious and is vulnerable to setbacks or criticisms.
No one’s mindset is totally of one type or the other. There may be few extreme cases but most of us lie somewhere in between the two bounds. Moreover, our mindset does not always remain constant. We show different mindsets in different situations, depending on how we formed our belief about our particular abilities. Nevertheless, the first step in changing our defeating fixed-mindset to a growth-mindset is to recognize our fixed-mindset in action.
Both mindsets definitely experience stress, but one constantly feels life is like, a daily chore, therefore can internalize much more stress and anxiety.
Remember stress is managed better, if you have a stress relief plan to follow. So how does the growth and fixed mindset fit into your way of developing and enjoying life, while managing stress levels? Regardless of your mindset, only you can develop the courage to change and be the best you can be in this journey called life! What are you willing to change?
May your experience inner calmness on purpose, I hope this inspired you in some way! What are you constantly fixed on that disrupts your daily peace and inner strength? Pause, take a deep breathe! Til next time, enjoy serenity as a lifestyle!
References: Carol Dweck: The Woman Behind The Motivational Mindset Breakthrough Some comments are written by Eliza Dukes
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Some opinions are from Dr. Carol Dweck. Other opinions and questions are directly from Eliza Dukes, CEO of The Breathing Experience!
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