A GROWTH MINDSET

Mindsets Are Powerful Beliefs

Becoming is better than being, Carol Dweck

The bestselling book, Mindset, The New Psychology Of Success (2008) by Carol Dweck, is the basis of this blog. The definition of a mindset is: a person’s way of thinking and their opinions. A mindset sets the stage for everything you do. In her book she says there are two kinds of mindsets, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

fixed mindset  defines all of your abilities as innate and you are born with all the abilities you will need in life. Those with a fixed mindset often feel like failures happen because something is lacking within themselves.

On the other hand, people with a growth mindset feel that they can learn anything or acquire any ability if they put in enough effort. These people don’t let setbacks stop them. The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset, Carol Dweck.

The question is, of course, can a person change his/her mindset (grow it)? This is a question I have written about for years. And the answer is troubling.

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there Is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof, John Kenneth Galbraith.

It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear, Marilyn Ferguson.

If becoming is better than being, then growth is better than fixed. This means change. The problem is you can’t change what is happening outside you until you change what is going on inside you. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves, Viktor Frankl. This requires self-insight, an awareness of one’s mindset.

Your mindset is a collection of beliefs, like your worldview. It is powerful because it determines the way you see things; and the way you see things determines the way you do things. Growth means growing.

When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe you’re not, Ray Kroc.

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