How we think, really matters. Our mind is gifted with the power to create experiences that we desire in life. This means our experiences in life are results of our thinking. Negative thoughts and emotions obstruct our aspirations to be happy. So, having the right mindset becomes a key ingredient for growth and success, which we call a Growth Mindset.
People with a growth mindset tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.
Put simply, a growth mindset refers to Carol Dweck’s work studying people’s reaction to failure. Some people have a “fixed mindset” and others a “growth mindset.” If you have a growth mindset, you believe you can get smarter, you can get better. So you are willing to exert the time and effort to learn, to study, to practice, to eventually succeed.
The same applies to companies as well. When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed; they also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation. In contrast, people at primarily fixed-mindset companies report more than one thing: cheating and deception among employees, presumably to gain an advantage in the talent race.
Growth Mindset Influencers
At WorkFromHub we believe, there are 5 influencers that encourage individuals to have a positive outlook of their capabilities and have a growth mindset:
1. The Space
Whether it is your home or the workplace, you look for the energy that drives you to grow each day. We all need that space where our thinking is positive, learning based and growth driven. So, whenever you think you are stuck in a routine, change the environment and you will find a more positive and motivating energy.
2. The People
While the environment may facilitate for you to think positively, you certainly need people with the right mindset around you. There is a well-known saying by Jim Rohn that says – “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
The people or leaders you surround yourself with matters a LOT. It is important to find the community that connects with you and instills the energy to accomplish the goals you have. We all thrive in such a community. A community driven by a growth mindset allows you to learn new skills, provides the mentorship you may need, and gives you a safe space to create opportunities out of failures.
3. The Language – Words we speak (Communication Network )
Human minds are designed to think negative. It’s a default set up which needs an articulation of words positively installed to see results we aspire. In such cases, communication becomes a key element for success. Being around a community helps us to open up our minds to speak up for what we believe is the future. Getting the right feedback often becomes important. When you surround yourself with like minded people who support a growth mindset, it becomes easy to open up about ideas that can possibly turn into huge opportunities.
4. The Dreams / Goals
We all should work for a reason that is beyond just income. These are the goals and dreams that make you wake up every morning and make you take action. If your dreams are not big enough, you often tend to get into a trap commonly called the ‘Comfort Zone’. This is one thing people with a growth mindset stay away from. Seek for a community that thrives for bigger goals that challenge you every single day to put your best to achieve them. Think big and grow every single day!
5. The “Why”
Your purpose is directly related to your existence. All successful people, companies or brands have a strong “why”. This enables them to conquer their fears from within. Ask yourself why you do what you do every single day. If the question doesn’t push your limits, you are not growing to your full potential. Being uncomfortable means you are growing, you are learning, and working towards your best self. Thus all growth mindset people unlock their potential through challenging their abilities with a strong purpose. This thinking is critical for all individuals, entrepreneurs, employees and business leaders.
To sum up, growth mindset means one embraces challenges, persists in the face of setbacks, takes responsibility for their words and actions, and acknowledges that effort is the path toward mastery.
It is basically the reason why “practice makes perfect.”
By choosing to make the extra effort to build a growth mindset, you can make your mental processes to work for you, resulting in a greater likelihood that you get the results you’re looking for and live the life you want to live.