Believing and knowing that you are constantly improving and have the capacity to be good, and better at what you do is what it means to have a growth mindset. sanjeevan satheeskumar MG8c 4n1QVE unsplash

Naturally, things do not go our way all the time but we find ways to make things work. As humans, it’s typically for us to have times where things are not working out, and it looks like our world’s about to crumble. At times like this, there is a need for an underlying belief that it is a phase, and as with many things in life, it will also pass. 

Developing a growth mindset is what helps you out of most situations, because with the growth mindset you have a perspective that believes there’s room for growth and opportunities to be better, you have built resilience, obstacles have a learning experience, and you can cultivate attitude of excellence.

What is a growth mindset

A growth mindset is the belief that you’re constantly evolving, and learn

ing and that your abilities are always in a process of improvement. It acknowledges failure but views them as an opportunity for redirection.

Building this mindset is putting yourself in a space where you are gentle with yourself and give yourself the opportunity to develop and grow into something great. 

Why is it necessary?

Having a mindset that breeds room for growth and development in your life is good for many reasons, some of which are: 

  • Being able to handle bad times.
  • Staying content in what you have while you work towards where you want to be.
  • Understanding your journey as personal.
  • Building resilience 
  • Viewing every experience as a learning process. 
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10 ways to develop a growth mindset 

Building a growth mindset comes with serious dedication, and deliberateness. It does not just happen to you, it is something you desire to do and make sure you figure out for yourself because you want to be in a good headspace, and you want to be a happy person. 

Here are 10 proven ways you can build your growth mindset: 
  1. Identify your fixed mindset: There is a mindset that you have existing in you, and you act based on them, knowing what these are is a very crucial  step towards your journey to debias yourself and give yourself the opportunity to  start afresh with the perspective you use in viewing most things. Fixed mindsets are the opposite of a growth mindset and it is the belief that you are unchangeable and the thing that you are static. An example of this is saying things like: ‘That’s just how I am’.  Accepting that this mindset exists in you and removing it from your mindset helps you embrace a more progressive approach which gives you the opportunity for growth.                           
  2. Accept Changes: Challenges will occur and you have to accept it. Things don’t always go as planned and your growth mindset helps you look at these challenges you face as a chance to figure things out. You’re able to give yourself grace through these changes, and grow through them with the proper mindset.
  3. Get rid of FOMO(Fear of missing out): You’re not missing out on anything. Shift your mindset from the thought that you have to get certain things because others are there or because your progress is slow you have to do extra. Your growth mindset helps you stay on course to run your race and not bother about what others may think of your process, and growth. This does not dismiss taking feedback and being open to correction.                                                                                                                                      
  4. Build Consistency: Don’t stop trying. This is one of the main essences of having a growth mindset. Having the belief in yourself that there’s room for improvement. This means even on days that things do not seem rosy make sure you show up.
  5. Understand that it’s okay to rest: There are times when you genuinely need to rest, and you may want to beat yourself up because you think you’re not ‘busy’ or ‘doing something’. Normalizing rest moments is important to developing your growth mindset.
  6. Surround yourself with quality people: People that will not talk you down, and we offer you constructive criticisms or help you without being condescending are crucial to your growth.
  7. Don’t stop learning: To progress, you have to be open to constant earning, and upgrade. View every problem as a lesson, and take cues from them to do better.
  8. Persevere: Do not give up easily when things may seem to be going on. Build resilience towards your work and tasks, have a can-do spirit and keep going.                    
  9. Celebrate your wins (Big/small): Avoid being too critical of yourself that you do not recognize when you deserve to take credit for the work you’ve put in. Practice gratitude.
  10. Take feedback: Building a growth mindset also means you need to learn to take constructive feedback. This will help you look at your work differently and help you get better at it.
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Having a growth mindset can change your approach to situations from complacency to optimism, helping you see prospects,and opportunities better.

 

Conclusion

It is easy to move along in life with the mindset that things may not get better when we encounter setbacks as humans, but having a growth mindset is the one thing that will help you move ahead and approach things better.

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