According to numerous experts, those with growth mindsets are happier, healthier, wealthier, and live longer than people with fixed mindsets.
So, it’s only natural to ask, how do you go about developing a growth mindset, and more importantly, how can it benefit you and your business?
Characteristics that separate those who are successful from those who struggle and fall short, are determination and perseverance.
The Difference between a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset
In regards to attitude and outlook, the differences between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset are:
- Failure is an opportunity to grow
- I can learn to do anything I want
- Challenges help me to grow
- My effort and attitude determine my abilities
- Feedback is constructive
- I like to try new things
- Failure is the limit of my abilities
- I’m either good at it or I’m not
- I don’t like to be challenged
- My abilities are unchanging
- Feedback and criticism are personal
- I stick to what I know
When striving for a growth mindset, your goal is to never quit. You also need to realize that the development and maintaining a strong mindset is not a sprint, but rather it’s a continuous journey.
Discomfort Is Your Friend
What has become clear is that if you want to grow, you’re going to have to get uncomfortable.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy, which is why discomfort shouldn’t be avoided, but rather you should embrace and welcome it.
Speed is also an important facet of developing a growth mindset, especially in the beginning.
“Having a growth mindset is all about thoughtful prioritization at speed,” says Cara Hogan, content strategist at Zaius.
She asserts all marketers who are in a growing company have numerous ideas and not enough time to do them, and oftentimes also lack the resources to start or bring them to fruition.
Get Out of Your Own Bubble
It’s easy to get caught up in a bubble of your own ideas that reinforce your existing beliefs.
Question these long-held beliefs, and then seek out new and fresh sources of information.
Here are three simple ways you can do that:
- Read books outside of your normal preference, such as topics that don’t typically attract your attention.
- Attend meetings where you meet people outside of your typical customer or client base. For example, if you typically engage with HR of financial institutions, then make it a point to speak to professionals in purchasing or sales in industries such as healthcare or construction.
- Watch and reads news reports from opposing viewpoints, so you can develop a broader perspective in regards to a world view.
In the end, it comes down to whether you have a genuine desire to really know yourself and your limits.
Experts in the field of self-awareness and development assert that entrepreneurship provides the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about yourself.
Get Help Improving Your Mindset
Developing a growth mindset is something that you have to do on your own.
It takes grit, persistence, and the type of inner strength that can only be forged out of adversity.
But you know, talking to a growth mentor can absolutely help you on your journey.
What Is a Growth Mentor?
Growth mentors are like an amalgam of all three of Anthony Khan’s mentor types (1. Peer mentors, 2. Career mentors, 3. Life mentors) but they’re able to go further because they don’t just focus on one area.
- Growth mentors don’t just tell people what to do, because they know that that’s not how people grow.
- They help you grow your knowledge as well as your abilities through dedication, hard work and your desire for self-improvement.
If you’re able to find a mentor who can support you, you will be in a perfect place to continually grow.
The good news is, you’ll continue to grow and grow, and grow even more!