Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Mindset is something we hear a lot about in today's world. Things like meditation, yoga, and mindfulness have made controlling one's thoughts more mainstream than ever before. Changing and controlling your mindset takes lots and lots of time and work. You'll need to develop patience and the skill for identifying your negative thoughts and flipping them into positive ones.

Fixed Mindset

In a fixed mindset one believes that qualities are fixed and cannot be changed. The belief that we are born with certain skills or talents and cannot develop more. When we have a fixed mindset we are less tolerant of criticism and challenges. We tend to give up easily and get frustrated when learning new things. A fixed mindset tells us that it is pointless to put effort into new skills because we don't already possess them and therefore cannot attain them. The fixed mindset is a liar.

Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is the opposite of a fixed mindset. Growth mindset is the belief that new skills and traits can be gained and improved over time. Those who have a growth mindset believe that they can learn from failures and embrace challenges and see criticism as constructive feedback. Growth mindset tells us that success can be obtained even if we lack skills and experience; we can learn!

Steps to take you from a Fixed mindset to a Growth Mindset

How do we go about transforming our mindset? There is not a one size fits all answer. As with anything, you'll have to find what works best for you. We do have a couple of suggestions to get you on the right track!