5 ways to cultivate a growth mindset

Are you worried you have a fixed mindset? Would you rather have a growth mindset? Don’t worry -mindsets aren’t static! You’re not limited to whatever your mindset currently is. If you don’t have a growth mindset already, you can cultivate one. The process is simple, but it requires hard work and dedication. Here are the things you need to work on to change your mindset.


Embrace Imperfection

You don’t have to be perfect or even good at something when you first begin. Do you know it’s normal to be bad at things the first time you try them? A fixed mindset says that you must be naturally good from the outset or whatever it is isn’t for you. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Most talents are obtained through dedication and practice. It takes 1,000 hours of practice to truly master a skill. If you’re not good at something to start with, don’t give up. Embrace the fact that you’re learning and continue trying.


Work on Positive Thinking

One characteristic of a growth mindset is its emphasis on positive thinking. Do you tend to think positively or negatively? Do you always have a good attitude and outlook? You need to work on increasing the amount of positive thinking you do. Catch your negative thoughts and reframe them. You can also use positive affirmations to make this more effective.


Learn from Criticism

Accepting criticism can be difficult no matter how positive you normally are. People with a fixed mindset tend to resist criticism and feedback and don’t realize it’s often meant to help. Instead, take criticism as a form of positive feedback and use it to improve yourself and whatever you’re working on.


Face Your Challenges

Do your challenges seem overwhelming? Does the thought of facing them make you want to turn away and find something else to do? This is a common sign of a fixed mindset. Instead of ignoring them or giving up, work on facing your challenges. Look at them as a chance to grow and learn instead of as something standing in the way of your goals.


Find Your Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose will help drive you to overcome barriers and reach your goals. It’ll give you a “why” to get you out of bed in the morning and keep you going. It will make you stretch yourself and lean into life, leading naturally to a growth mindset.


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