In this first edition of the Transformation Times, I wanted to a address one of the biggest obstacles to your growth that I have witnessed over the years: your mindset.
Carol Dweck wrote a fantastic book on the subject entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She addresses the two types of mindset: Fixed and Growth.
“no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
The former relates to an interpretation of an event as completely linked to our abilities. Example: You give a presentation and it did not go as well as you intended.
A Fixed Mindset person would think: “Oh boy, I am a failure and I am no good at this.”
A Growth Mindset person would think: “Well, that did not go well. I am not happy about it and I guess I failed. I wonder how I can improve so that this does not go this way again!”
According to the author, there are four steps you can take to establish a growth mindset.
- Listen to yourself: Challenge your negative thoughts and ask, how true is that really? Remember, situations are neutral. It is our thoughts that give rise to the interpretations of our thoughts such as I failed vs. I an a failure.
- Recognize you have a choice. In my coach training, one of the principles was: We are all at choice. It took me a long time to reconcile this one. Our thoughts are ALWAYS a choice regardless of our circumstances.
- Challenge your fixed mindset. Is it true that you are a failure or is it true that you simply failed at this one task?
- Take action. Don’t just sit there in your thoughts, do something or say something. The action step will many times lift you out of your funk and put your mind in a productive place.
We are all victims of our circumstances. Remaining a victim, is your choice.
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About me: I am the founder of Metamorphosis Coaching which specializes in team cohesion and communication. As a speaker, coach, and team facilitator, I help clients remove the burdens of leadership to experience team cohesion and business growth.