Can you believe you impact your success or failure? According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, your beliefs play a crucial role in what you want and whether you achieve it. It is well said that a thing is made or achieved only twice, first in our mind and second in reality.
Dweck has found that it is your mindset that plays a significant role in achieving growth and success So, what is the actual definition of mindset?
What is a Mindset?
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Mindset is a way of thinking. It’s a cognitive inclination or a particular frame of mind.
A mindset is a collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought process. And your thought process affects how you think, what you feel, and what you do. Your mindset impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of yourself.
Your mindset is a big deal.
Because they are related to mindset, it also helps to understand attitude and beliefs.
Types of Mindsets
One of the most basic beliefs that everyone carries about themselves is that what we view and how we inhibit things around us. According to which we consider our personality traits. People often believe that nature and personality are inculcated within us right from our birth and hence it cannot be changed or improved. As we know when a person has a strong belief about something they are very rigid about it and hence it’s very difficult to change that even if it is not helping them to grow.
So according to research by Dweck, there are two main types of mindsets:
- Fixed Mindset: People with a fixed mindset believe that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, or it is due to great luck of a particular person. Anyone cannot achieve success or dream life.
- Growth Mindset: People with a growth mindset believe in themselves by taking everything in life as a challenge and sees failure not as evidence of lack of intelligence or any mental disability but as a beautiful opportunity for growth and for increasing our existing abilities.
Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, impacts a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness also depends upon what we believe and how we think. Having a proper mindset and positive approach right from the beginning can do wonders in future stages of life.
There is a famous saying like ” When life gives you lemons then make a lemonade ” but when you have a growth mindset you will not only be able to make lemonade but rather do various mind bobbling things that you would not have thought of doing. That is true potential that is hiding within you.
Examples of Mindset
- Self-Belief Mindset
We somehow believe that we can’t do certain things or we are not made for this thing. We know the lion is not the largest animal in the animal kingdom nor he is the fastest animal but still, he is the king of the jungle. All because of the mindset because he believes he is the most powerful of all in his mind so he wins there he wins in reality.
- Motivation From Negative Criticism
In this entire world, more people are indulged in putting down other people who are trying to make way for their success instead of improving themselves. Just Stop! listening to them Stop! taking them seriously and getting affected. Instead, take positive motivation from them. Instead of wasting time comparing start improving and growing yourself.
- Approaching New paths
A growth mindset is all about experimenting and doing new things, but it comes with a certain attitude. When someone has a fixed mindset and is performing well on a particular path, most tend to stick to that path and don’t bother increasing their capacity and capabilities.Example like Arjun in Mahabharata believed in himself and his capability and with growth mindset approached to aim for the fish eye.
Everyone should try new things for their growth and must make new goals. The fixed mindset will give you stability somehow but approaching new pathways will satisfy you. New technology and new inventions are coming up so we need to update ourselves daily and push ourselves harder.
- Using Failure as Building Blocks
Most of us don’t like to fail and fear the consequences of failure. Almost 95 percent of people give up and quit after encountering failure. Stop trying is not the solution neither quitting is. Failure is just a pause in your beautiful journey so don’t stop it because of this pause. Introspect yourself and again build a funnel to continue the journey to your goals.
- Remove Distractions
In this period everyone lacks patience and concentration. Each of us gets easily distracted by things around us. Our brain has a limited daily capacity to process things and which is wasted on unuseful things and hence leading to loss of productivity. To increase concentration you should meditate, exercise, learn the concept of limited thinking and short wins which will result in high productivity.
Impact and Importance of Mindset
Your mindset plays a very important role in how you cope up with the challenges you face in your life. The growth mindset will lead you to achieve your goals and increase your level of happiness while the fixed mindset will set you back from new opportunities and make your life less content and unsatisfied.
You need to realize that you are capable enough to change your mindset. Nothing is more powerful and more dangerous than a human brain. You need to decide which attribute you need to have in your life.
So instead of focusing on the result start focusing on the process. You will understand that your efforts, hard work, and dedication can lead to change, learning, and growth both now and in the future.
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All the best for your journey because the best never rests.
Harsimran Singh Bhatia