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How to Adopt a Growth Mindset and Revolutionize Your Career

How to Adopt a Growth Mindset and Revolutionize Your Career

When was the last time you downplayed your abilities or traits? Perhaps it was more recent than you would like to think. It may have sounded similar to “I am not very organized,” “Math is not my strong point,” or “I get overwhelmed very easily.”

The challenge is that the words we repeat to ourselves eventually dominate the story we use to describe ourselves. Inevitably, they begin to affect our behavior and can have huge implications in our professional and personal lives.

The encouraging news is, by adopting a growth mindset, we can alter the narrative. A positive mindset allows us to shift our thoughts. By instilling practice, proper habits, effort, and self-development, we can become better at almost anything. When it comes to our traits and intelligence, neither are absolute. Therefore, when it comes to navigating adversity, we can develop the tenacity and perseverance needed to succeed.

The introduction of this work comes from Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck. Dweck notes that although it may be no easy task, both individuals and organizations have an opportunity to understand what it means to develop a growth mindset. The practice must then be implemented. It is, of course, a practice, as it needs to remain consistent over time. We must commit to this exercise if we want to see purposeful changes in our lives.

Alternatively, a fixed mindset causes a person to believe that qualities, talents, and intelligence are unchangeable. This hindrance can lead to a lack of effort or motivation to attempt difficult tasks, as the conscious decision has been made that change is not applicable. If you feel that you have adopted a fixed mindset, know that it is never too late to cultivate new habits to shift your mindset using a few simple strategies.

1) Believe in yourself.

Self-growth is possible when you are willing to develop the skills you need to succeed. Begin by building the confidence that you can do it. Remember, you are worthy of great things. When you choose to have a growth mindset, this fosters your ability to unlock untapped capabilities and bring them to fruition.

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2) Be mindful of your self-talk.

Making statements such as “I am not a leader,” "I am not good with money,” or even something as meek as “I’m shy” can hinder your growth. Remember, you can acquire newfound skills and traits. You can become a great leader, learn how to manage your money, and break out of the shy shell, but telling yourself otherwise can disrupt future achievements.

3) Welcome feedback.

Constructive criticism allows us to see ourselves through a new lens. We may not always be cognizant of our weak spots, but proper feedback may help us address those weaknesses. Learn to utilize valuable input from others. However, this is not to be confused with criticism in general, such as put-downs or belittling. Instead, look for productive feedback, not personal attacks.

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4) Embrace failure.

Failure is part of the learning curve. It’s essential to allow yourself to be vulnerable, have a willingness to embrace change, and stretch outside the warm feeling of your comfort zone. A few setbacks may surface, but your energy needs to stay focused on the lessons you will acquire during moments of growth.

5) Persevere.

Change takes effort and consistency. The most important thing is to show up for yourself and remain consistent. If you fall off the growth track, pick yourself back up. It’s essential to keep moving forward.

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Tiffany Hoxie has been featured by Ellevate Network, Forbes, Medium, and Thought Catalog. As a full-time writer, she is passionate about educating women how to excel both professionally and personally. 


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