How do you look at your ability to handle problems, challenges, plan changes, or the unexpected? Do you see it as insurmountable or a hurdle you will get over? Do you get stuck in your feelings or do you get fired up to find a solution?
These are indicators of your mindset towards problems. They show you if you are inclined towards a fixed or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset the belief is that it is what it is, and it can’t improve or get better. This is particularly true for skills, knowledge and abilities. A growth mindset sees the possibilities to learn more, grow and overcome challenges. As complex creatures we always have some of both in us. We may have a fixed mindset towards some things, like my ability to be an athlete, while having a growth mindset in other areas, like my ability to create a website.
With all the challenges facing us right now how we approach them will have a huge impact on the outcome. When we think of it as a problem to solve, we open our minds up to new possibilities. A growth mindset will give us a sense of control over the outcomes and allows us to keep a positive view of the situation. Focusing on what is possible, what is working and the idea that you can surmount the issue creates a positive attitude which feeds into the ability to get stuff done.
Here are 4 strategies to help you foster a positive mindset:
We don’t know what tomorrow or next year will bring for us. We have a choice to make. Do we actively embrace the opportunity to grow to meet the new challenges? Will we stay safe, avoid risks and failure, and hold onto the past? Adopting a mindset that values learning, seeks to overcome challenges, and embraces possibilities will set us up to succeed at whatever comes next.
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Reference: Carol Dweck’s book “Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential.”