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Do You Have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

So, you may be asking yourself “What exactly is a growth mindset?” Well, a growth mindset is an actual, demonstrable psychological phenomenon. It turns out that many long-term successful individuals possess certain characteristics that they share with other long-term successful individuals. This set of characteristics has been termed a “growth mindset”.

Now, some people, who tend to achieve less than their full potential, also possess a set of characteristics that they share with other under-achievers. This set of traits has been dubbed the “fixed mindset”. Most people, more or less, fall in one camp or the other.

People with a growth mindset tend to have a desire to learn from life. This desire leads to the ability to embrace challenges, to overcome setbacks, to see effort as worth the results, to accept criticism and to admire and learn from the successes of others. These behaviors allow native intelligence to grow throughout a lifetime. (Hence, the name.) People with a growth mindset are believers in free will and this belief allows them to achieve their goals time and time again.

People with a fixed mindset tend to have a desire to appear smart, with a corresponding fear of looking foolish. Their desire leads them to avoid challenges, to give up easily, to see extra effort as wasted, to ignore or reject criticism and to envy and begrudge the success of others. These behaviors tend to limit native intelligence to a fixed amount. (Again, hence the name.)  People with a fixed mindset often plateau early in life and fail to have, let alone reach, fixed goals.

The good news is that a growth mindset can be cultivated fairly easily by changing some critical behaviors. First of all, you have to decide to choose growth over stagnation. You also have to be willing to take positive action and begin to accept challenges and criticism and learning from both. An excellent way to begin is by developing the philosophy of “yet”. This simple step simple attaches the word “yet” to the end of every negative thought, as in “That will never work, yet…” or “It’s probably not worth going, yet…” This simple trick opens up the possibility for growth and that possibility leads to changed behavior that actually does cause the development of the growth mindset.


Do you have a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset? Why? If you have a Fixed Mindset what can you do to turn it into a Growth Mindset?

This article is a part of a month-long journey called “Reflecting, Focusing and Improving You and Your Business!” brought to you by Sherry Simoes and Janet Benedict, two coaches who have been mentoring entrepreneurs for over 50 years combined and run an online coaching business called Rockin Your Business. Join the journey by requesting access to our Private Facebook Group.

4 thoughts on “Do You Have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

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      In many ways I have a growth mindset and in other ways i have a fixed mindset. I see both in me and it is probably a good reason why I am not further ahead my business, yet. That being said I will be more aware of my actions and thoughts and try to be open to anything new to try and do to move me forward and toward success

      Thanks for a great mindful article, Sherry-lots of learning in this article about ourselves and in each article so far

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      I definitely have a growth mindset.

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      I believe I have a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. I know I get excited with every new idea or opportunity that comes my way although there are days where I will start using “yet” at the end of phrases I think may not work yet!

      This was a good article to get me thinking about myself and the possibilities that are awaiting me.

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      A bit of both. I love ideas on how to overcome obstacles but also don’t want to lose and appear foolish either if I try new things.

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