We all talk about a growth mindset but how do we actually cultivate one? Here are 10 tips.
1. Determine why you want to get a growth mindset
Getting clarity on why you want to achieve a growth mindset is super important. Knowing the why of your goal will allow you to persevere even when you want to give up.
2. Acknowledge and Accept imperfections
No one is perfect. Accept your and others’ imperfections. You will judge less and be more open to understanding that some tasks or goals will just take longer due to your current skillset or your general genetic makeup. As a consequence, you’ll set realistic goals.
3. Is there such a thing as failure?
Change your perspective on failure. No one gets to their perfect goal immediately. Is it even failure when you learn? It’s as Michael Jordan said “I have failed many times, and that’s why I am a success”
4. Be conscious about the words you use
Words have energy. If you constantly use negative words, the results may also end up negatively. Replace negative thoughts with more positive ones.
Instead of saying “I am no good, I will never succeed” say “I am not great yet and can improve”.
5. Ditch the need for external approval
What would happen if you stopped looking for the approval of others? You will stop comparing, you will stop doing things for the sake of getting approval and you will do more of what aligns with you. It’s as Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr. so eloquently said you are the only person who you need to impress not anyone else. You are the only one you’ll see in the mirror at the end.
6. Look for opportunities everywhere
Challenge or opportunity, you choose. Think of every situation as an opportunity to learn. See outcomes as simply data points towards progress.
7. Trust the process
When I talk about the process, I refer to the process of learning and improving oneself that occurs whenever you are trying to achieve something. A good example is when you look at elite athletes. They are constantly looking to improve and enjoy the process of improvement.
This concept of constantly growing and improving also supports with abolishing the idea of “ when I get there…” When I have achieved x I can do Y. Or when I have acquired this skill, I can finally start my business.
8. Make “yet” your new favourite word
“Not yet” is ok. Accept where you are and when you are facing a challenging task or not making as much progress as you would have hoped to, remind yourself that you just haven’t mastered it “yet”.
9. Learn from others
Get curious about other people who are successful. How did they become successful? How did they approach certain challenges?
10. Reflect, reflect and reflect
Reflecting on the good things is great, it gives us momentum to move forward and also makes us realise that we did a pretty damn good job that day. However, also reflect on what didn’t go as well. Think about the opportunities for growth.
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