Personal Development

10 Tips To Develop The Growth Mindset

The growth mindset
Written by James Irvine

If you want to put yourself in a better position towards improving both your personal and professional life then you need to begin by developing a growth mindset. You may already know that a mindset is the perception one holds about his or her own self and this is in most cases regarding their personal and professional lives. Individuals with a growth mindset are those who believe that their basic abilities can actually be improved or developed through both hard work and dedication. It is an important aspect of life as through it one views challenges and failures as only opportunities to improve themselves which is a chance to increase knowledge and skills.

Growth mindset is vital happiness, general wellbeing, ambition and success. We all have the unbelievable potential to constantly acknowledge and overcome any new challenge. For you to achieve personal and professional growth then you need to start taking action without coming up with excuses. The most essential aspects you should have include an open mind, wanting to try new things as well as awareness of improving your performance, obligation and effort. You need to have a growth mindset as it will help you be more resilient and take on new challenges.

If you have a fixed mindset then factors such as creative ability, personality and intelligence tend to be static and won’t change in any significant way. A fixed mindset usually negatively affects every aspects of your life. Growth mindset is important as it’s used in your relationships, careers and every circumstance that calls for validation of your personality, character or intelligence. There are always situations that should be evaluated and some of the things you are likely to ask yourself if you will: be accepted or rejected, look smart or dump, succeed or fail and much more. You need to view things as changeable as it will give way to a larger picture and help you overcome any challenge. People can change if they grow through experience and application.

Growth mindset is what helps one understand how to develop their own weaknesses and strength through hard work, grit and commitment. Practicing growth mindset helps people learn how to embrace challenges, try new things, be more confident and conquer adversity that come their way. It is quite easy to start developing a growth mindset and all you need is to follow the tips explained below:

1.Don’t Justify Every Situation

When you justify everything you do then you’ll be sacrificing the potential for growth. If you take on new hobbies or behaviors, people around you will begin asking why you’ve done it. Whenever you make any changes in life there is no need to seek approval from others as it will mean you’re sacrificing your own potential for growth. Don’t do t6hings because you want justification from others but do it because you want to. Prioritize learning over approval as it’ll help you grow and succeed in whatever you do.

2. Try New Things

Trying new things will help you come up with different ideas, experiment them and find something you enjoy, like or that you’re good at. Start challenging yourself with new tasks because it will help you overcome challenges, be courageous and develop a growth mindset. Set achievable goals and try to complete it within a given timeframe. More importantly, you’ll develop the courage to take on new challenges.

3. Effective Goal Setting

There are several factors which can affect a person’s growth mindset. In order to achieve the most out of the positive factors, you need to learn how to properly synchronize effective goals with the ultimate Goal Setting Guidelines.

As a start, your mind has to be ready to accept new challenges; once you start viewing new challenges as new opportunities, then you can be sure to learn something new and even have fun while you are it. A resilient mindset  will always get you through the tough times, especially if things go wrong; in due time you will be able to focus  your mind on discovering new solutions, put them into practice and move on to the next challenge. Since you won’t always have a 100% success rate with every challenge you tackle, it helps to reflect on your failures in the right manner. Failure to find a solution normally opens a valuable opportunity for you to improve your skills and learn even more. In due course, you’ll become more emotionally mature to embrace new opportunities.

4.Experience Vs. Results

Most humans tend to avoid undertaking activities which they feel they are not good at. But you need to ask yourself this, ‘So what if I’m not good at (that task), does it really matter?” And of course, everyone has their own shortcomings. You’ll never be an expert in everything. In order to be good at something, you need to enjoy doing that particular activity. Whenever you focus on doing something for the experience rather than contemplating on the results, you will notice that it’s more enjoyable since there’s not so much pressure. This is a good way to actually identify those activities that you are actually good at.

5.Concerning Perfectionism

This type of mindset can at times, negatively affect your progress. Regardless of the types of challenges you decide to take up in life, there will always be opportunity for progress and perhaps perfection. Only from making mistakes will you be able to learn more. Use this experience to improve. Never stress yourself by trying to become a perfectionist, just do the best that you can at any given moment. Accept the fact that at times you will fall short of the perfect solutions; this way, even if you don’t realize your goals, you will not be taken by other people’s opinions on your performance. Use your past experiences to come up with better solutions in the future.

6.Examine Your Effort

This assessment plays an important role in nurturing a growth mindset. Moreover, through making these assessments you will be able to understand how to come up with better solutions, factors that make you enjoy working hard to improve your solutions. Through examining your own effort you will be able to understand whether you need to adopt different tactics or continue following the ones that you are currently using. After making your assessment, always make sure that you follow through with your feedbacks.

7.Establish New Goals After Completing Old Ones

Learning is a continuous process without an ending. Just because you have achieved objectives that you set a while back doesn’t mean you should stop being interested in taking up new challenges and setting up new goals. Growth-minded individuals understand the importance of being able to constantly create new objectives. Apart from keeping you on your toes, your mind will always be stimulated.

8.Deal With Criticism By Being Critical

The term critical has been used to denote decisiveness. Never shrug off criticism; if you decide to do that, you cannot truly realize your own potential. In the same measure you should also find time to analyze and act on any criticism that comes your way. This will give you an opportunity to improve your work and feedback response skills. Negative criticism is completely normal. You need to be aware that you have the potential to improve and even do better; this is the reason why criticism truly exists.

9.Interact With New People

Networking is a very important factor for developing a Growth Mindset. You need to go out of your comfort zone and try initiating conversations with other people. Try initiating talks with individuals who are not in your usual social sphere; make sure that you do this from time to time so that you can build up your confidence, eventually you’ll have added a friend or two who can help you achieve your goals. Always approach new conversations with an open mind; this will help you to learn new things; you will also be able to develop new views if your present ones are called into question.  New interactions inspire creativity; they freshen up your opinions and ultimately develop your sense of adventure.

10.Stop Using Excuses: Take Ownership Over Your Attitude

Whenever you’ve made a decision to do something, like perusing a new challenge or perhaps following a new set of laws, you do not need to have a good reason to rationalize your actions. For example, let’s say you have decided to embrace a new hobby or perhaps a new code of conduct, most of the time you will have some of your relatives or even your friends question you as to why you’ve decided to take that path. If it’s a decision that you properly contemplated on and you love what you do, then you shouldn’t feel obligated to offer any excuse.

Also, once you develop a growth mindset, own your own decisions. Acknowledge your state of mind and be contented to let it guide you throughout your life.