Fixed or Growth mindset - which one are you?
According to Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist, we each have either a 'fixed' or a 'growth' mindset and every aspect of our lives can be affected by the one that we adopt.*
Take a look at the image below and see if you recognise yourself more on the left or the right hand side. Can you see where some of your colleagues might sit?
People with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence, talents and other abilities are set in stone. They believe that they're born with a particular set of skills and that they can't change them - as a result, they plateau early and achieve less than their full potential in life.
Those with a growth mindset however, believe that with effort, perseverance and drive, they can develop their natural qualities, reaching ever-higher levels of achievement.
So, the big question is - how can we move from a fixed to a growth mindset?
"First, don’t label yourself by what you’ve accomplished or already learned. Rather, identify with what you are learning, want to learn and the learning process itself. Embrace the step backward as much as the step forward. Praise yourself and your team for efforts made and lessons learned. Don’t focus praise on just the outcomes (no matter how great they are). Recognizing milestones is fine but emphasize and learn from the effort it took to achieve them..." **
We have various training options coming up which specifically address mindset and behaviours. These one day courses are available to individuals, delivered here in Exeter, but can also be tailored for entire teams and delivered anywhere:
- Introduction to Emotional Intelligence - learn to manage your emotions and your response to those of others
- Introduction to NLP - choose more helpful responses that help you make positive changes in your life
- Positive Psychology, Strengths and Resilience - take control and increase levels of personal responsibility
Click the links above to find out more about each course or call us for a more tailored version for your team - 01392 409 198
* Read Carol Dwecks' book 'Mindset: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential' to find out more about changing your mindset
** The quotation above is taken from the article 'The Secret Sauce of Successful Entrepreneurs? It's All in Their Head' by Sergio Monsalve - to read the rest of the article click here