Your potential in life will be realized in its full glory or swept into the corner of your memory along with all the other painful failures unless you gain power over your own thoughts. This concept is the very foundation that all your plans and actions rest on throughout your career. Your own thoughts can help or kill your dreams. This blog from FirstHealth of Andover’s Momentum Leadership Series brings to light the two kinds of mindsets that we develop over our lives. Pick the one you most identify with in your own life.
• Fixed Mindset: A belief system that recognizes you are born with or without a specified talent. Your potential in an area of your life is fixed and can never be changed or adapted. You may recognize someone with this mindset by their comments such as “That’s the hand I’ve been dealt” or “I’m not good at that” or” I can’t do that” or finally “I’ll never be able to become that!” They have sadly limited their life’s potential by what they know of themselves, without allowing for improvement.
• Growth Mindset: A belief system that recognizes we are born with certain abilities that can be improved, honed and added to as we develop in life. This mindset believes in unlimited potential and your ability over time to learn any and all skills needed in life to achieve ultimate success. You may recognize someone with this mindset by their comments such as “I can do that”, “I don’t know it yet, but I’ll learn it and get back to you” or my favorite “Someone must know the answer to this, so I’ll study with them until I figure it out.” There is not limitations imposed on this mindset, rather a heartfelt belief that anything is possible and someone is available to teach it.
How to Sabotage Your Success
You have ultimate power in your life unless you choose to throw it away and sabotage your success. When you begin a journey of self improvement, you at once expose your inadequacies and deficiencies. How will that feel to you? Will you continue through this discomfort to achieve the success you crave? A fixed mindset will shut down, while a person with a growth mindset will battle the internal elements in order to expand their ability. It’s not always easy to overcome shortcomings, yet the reward of being able to access your true potential is worth all the effort. Dig in, develop and achieve all the success you desire.
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Leadership Coach and Speaker