Before looking into ways to positively influence your thoughts, mood and behavior, it’s important to dive a deeper into the difference between the Growth Mindset and the Fixed Mindset.
Psychologist Carol Dweck from Stanford University spent decades researching performance and success and she discovered the power of our mindset. Her study categorizes everybody into either a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset.
A person with a Fixed Mindset believes he can’t change. He often thinks “that’s just the way I am, take it or leave it”. He feels the need to proof this over and over again, to convince himself and others.
A person with a Growth Mindset believes in developing himself, strengthening his qualities over time. He believes he can change by making an effort, by acquiring knowledge, skills and experience. He’s willing to take risks and face challenges.
What do you believe?
Which category do you belong to? Do you believe your opinions and convictions are set in stone or do you think they could be finetuned or changed? Do you believe you have to work with the qualities and talents given to you, or do you believe you could develop and strengthen yours or maybe even acquire new ones?
There is no right or wrong answer here. With Gladify, we’re working towards establishing and strengthening a Growth mindset. And we’re taking it step by step. To consciously change your habits and routines, all those things you’re doing automatically, you need time and practice.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
– Henry Ford
Will you continue doing what you’ve always done? And continue getting the same results? Or will you make changes? Which in turn will bring you different results?