Everyday we make several choices across several aspects of our lives, from the food to eat, to the cloth to wear, to the friends to keep and more important career-wise decisions. In fact, some sources suggest that the average person makes an eye-popping 35,000 choices per day. All these choices ultimately determine how we live and what we do.
Your Mindset Governs Your Life
Your mindset is a set of beliefs that shape how you make sense of the world and yourself. It influences how you think, feel, and behave in any given situation. Twenty people can be looking at a particular problem and each is envisioning a different solution. Twenty people can be given the same amount of money and each will spend it differently. These examples point to the fact that everyone thinks differently and will act according to how they think in any given circumstance.
Fixed Vs Growth Mindset
According to Stanford Psychologist and researcher Carol Dweck, there are two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their qualities are fixed traits and therefore cannot change. These people document their intelligence and talents rather than working to develop and improve them. They also believe that talent alone leads to success, and effort is not required.
Alternatively, in a growth mindset, people have an underlying belief that their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. When people believe they can become smarter, they realize that their effort has an effect on their success, so they put in extra time, leading to higher achievement.
People with a growth mindset believes that their intelligence, creative abilities, and character are things that can improve in meaningful ways. They believe they can always learn and get better at what they do.
Dweck asserts that adopting a growth mindset can help us succeed more and be happier — both at work and in our lives.
When a child has a growth mindset, they tend to have a hunger for learning and a desire to work hard and discover new things. This often translates into academic achievement. As adults, these same people are more likely to persevere in the face of setbacks. Instead of throwing in the towel, adults with a growth mindset view it as an opportunity to learn and grow. On the other hand, those with fixed mindsets are more likely to give up in the face of challenging circumstances.
Adopting a growth mindset is not just essential in life, it’s critical. People with a growth mindset understand that knowledge can be acquired and intelligence can be developed. With a growth mindset, people focus on improvement. Instead of worrying about how smart they are, they work hard to learn more and get smarter. A “growth mindset,” thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching existing abilities.