Future Self Journal

Mindset: Growth vs. Fixed

Growth vs. Fixed | Why Does It Matter? 

The simple definition of mindset is an established set of attitudes held by someone. This is influenced by your core beliefs and highly determines what you believe to be possible for you - in all areas of your life. 

There are two different types of mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that their qualities are inborn, fixed, and unchangeable. Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe that their abilities can be developed and strengthened by way of commitment and hard work.

Having a growth mindset takes consistency and practice, and it is crucial to developing and creating your best future self. Below are some key ways to cultivate a growth mindset & rewire your brain for greater success: 

  • Take full ownership of your life - practice 100% accountability. 
  • Believe that your brain can grow and adapt. 
  • Repeat new core beliefs often, especially when negative thoughts arise - "I am" affirmations are very helpful here. 
  • Develop the "anti-fragile" identity of the learner. When you don’t know something, admit it and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow vs. seeing it as a flaw. 
  • Practice the 80/20 rule. Try cultivating positive thoughts and emotions 80% of the time, and only allowing negativity to fester 20% of the time. 
  • Choose your circle carefully. Their attitudes, beliefs, and overall energy should fuel your growth, not stall it.

Read on to hear leading expert, Carol Dweck, discuss the many ways in which you can develop a growth mindset and why it matters plus other gems hand-selected just for you.