The Monday Mindset: Growth vs Fixed Mindset

A mindset is an interpretative process that tells us what is going on around us - it’s your attitude, and it comes in a few different forms. 

 

In a fixed mindset, that process is scored by an internal monologue (our thoughts) of constant judging and evaluation, using every piece of information as evidence either for or against such assessments as whether you’re a good person, whether your partner is selfish, or whether you’re better than others, or even better than the weight you’re trying to lift. In a growth mindset, on the other hand, the internal monologue is not one of judgment but one that is a devouring appetite for learning, constantly seeking out the kind of input that you can metabolize into learning and constructive action.

 

For those of us with a growth mindset, personal success is when you work your hardest to become your best - and you continuously get back after it. Conversely, for those of us with a fixed one, success is about establishing ones superiority - being that somebody who is worthier than that someone or some thing that they conducer to be less. A little bit of a spoiler, but all of us are actually a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. From these comes a great deal of our behavioral habits, and our relationship with success and failure in professional and personal contexts - essentially this is our capacity for happiness.  

 

We are continuously evolving our mindset as we grow professionally and personally. Just as our interests are different, all of us are different in the ways that we learn, our talents, and our temperaments. So why would it be any different in our mindset? All of us can grow through application and experience.