In my last blog, I discussed how having a growth mindset has the potential to help you achieve dreams and thrive. Today I will be taking some time to explain the three steps needed to cultivate a growth mindset.
Stay open. When we view life from a growth mindset we become possibility thinkers. Change is a way of life. Do you remember pay phones? Once upon a time, payphones were the way we communicated when we were traveling. Nowadays, mobile devices have virtually halted the use of landline phones. Look for the anomalies – the things that don’t seem to fit. Ask yourself, “How can I make things better?” Be creative and think outside the box. What are the possibilities?
Challenge the fixed mindset. When I worked in my Dad’s department store, he paid the men more than the women for the same job because the men were the “breadwinners.” I challenged his thinking. Now it may mean taking risks so be aware of the consequences and work for win-win. People with a fixed mindset may be threatened by your ideas.
Check yourself to make sure you haven’t “fallen back” to a fixed mindset. We are creatures of habit and changing from a fixed to a growth mindset takes time and practice. You have a choice. Look at challenges as opportunities to stretch yourself and your abilities. Reframe those fixed thoughts to take on new perspectives, learn from setbacks, and work around problems to make your mark in this world.
So what is your mindset today? We are what we think. Challenge your beliefs and stay open to new ideas. You only live once. Make the most of it!