The world is changing rapidly, right now we can see it with COVID-19, which has forced a record number of people to work from home and has put many companies on hold. As you and your employees prepare for this new reality, fostering a mindset of growth and adaptability to change is an important part of consolidating the current situation.
According to Carol Dweck, people can be defined according to their mentality. There are those who believe that their abilities are based on innate talents, and therefore cannot change much, they have a “fixed” mentality. And there are those who believe that you can always improve with hard work, those who believe that success is based on effort, those who have a “growth” mentality.
People with a growth mindset see failure as a learning opportunity and can recover relatively quickly, while those with a fixed mindset see failure as a reflection of their ability and therefore do their best to avoid it. This is why people with fixed mindsets like to play it safe; As a result, they are often not game-changing in our world.
Overcome these 3 obstacles to unlock your growth mindset
1. Lack of confidence
When there is a lack of confidence, it is much less likely that the comfort zone will be left and the possibility of taking risks opens up. There are several tactics to overcome this; for example, turn questions into statements. Instead of asking, “Am I good enough? Do I deserve to be here? You can say, “I’m good enough, I deserve to be here.” Or try adding the word “yet”, this word reminds us that we are continually learning and improving. So instead of saying, “I’m not a good presenter,” you can foster a growth mindset by changing that statement to “I’m not a good presenter … yet.”
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Finally, have a list of the things you do well. When someone gives you positive comments, write them down and leave them where you can review them frequently. These regular sources of affirmation go a long way toward boosting confidence.
2. Fear of failure
When we worry about failing, we are unlikely to brainstorm ideas or take risks because we don’t want to let ourselves or others down.
Overcoming this is difficult as no one likes to fail, but an effective strategy is to create a little ritual to celebrate moments of failure. Time to move on.
This is when you have big plans and you know what you want to do, but can’t seem to pull it off. Maybe you want to learn a new skill, but you never manage to enroll in a course, Or you have a long to-do list, but you never complete anything.
One of the best ways to overcome inertia is to break a large goal into small pieces and complete a small task each day. Completing those small milestones is a great motivator to tackle the following. Rewards can also be very motivating; For example, once you complete three tasks, reward yourself with a cappuccino from your favorite coffee shop.
Anyone who has accomplished something great has probably applied the growth mindset. Whether you want to jumpstart your career, pursue a new adventure, or try new things, your mindset will make a difference. Try saying yes to a new thing this week and see what opportunities open up.