The view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.The biggest challenge is sitting between your two ears.Your mind is a powerful thing. The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself can either prevent change from happening or allow new skills to blossom.
Carol Dweck is a researcher at Stanford University.
Dweck is well–known for her work on “the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset.” Here’s how Dweck describes the difference between these two mindsets and how they impact your performance.
In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.
—Carol Dweck, Stanford University
In a fixed mindset, you want to hide your flaws so you’re not judged or labeled a failure.In a growth mindset, your flaws are just a TO-DO list of things to improve.In a fixed mindset, you stick with what you know to keep up your confidence.In a fixed mindset, it’s all about the outcome. If you fail, you think all effort was wasted.In a growth mindset, you keep up your confidence by always pushing into the unfamiliar, to make sure you’re always learning.In a growth mindset, failures are temporary setbacks.
So believe in yourself and adopt growth mindset which always leads you towards success.