Many of us don't realize the power of our mindset. It affects how we contemplate our every move, determines our quality of life and relationships, and ultimately our potential. Make this New Year outstanding by choosing a positive mindset.
How Mindset Impacts The Direction of our Lives
Our mindset reinforces our beliefs and attitudes, affecting our actions, behaviour, and personal and professional relationships. It allows us to view our intelligence and ability through a fixed mindset, such as "I am what I am," or a growth mindset, such as "I'm capable of anything." which impacts the direction of our lives.
Adopting a Growth Mindset
If your mindset pattern is "fixed," don't worry, …it is possible to develop a growth mindset.
Psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, author of Mindset – the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential, has done extensive research on this subject. She writes, “Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
The resilience achieved through a growth mindset is positive, and the benefits make it worthwhile to put ourselves out there, being vulnerable to the many positive outcomes.
Realizing a Win
Unequivocally, I can say it's my growth mindset that led me to write my second book, The Power of Emotion, A Practical Guide to Making The Most Of Your Emotional Intelligence. It enhanced my level of resilience and prompted me to focus on the positive and adopt a "never give up" attitude. My positive mindset laid the groundwork for my success. Of course, knowing that I could do it helped immensely, but the effort involved is daunting and can easily dissuade one from moving forward unless your beliefs play a substantial role in guiding your decision.
3 Important Questions to Consider for a Successful 2023
- What type of mindset do you have?
- Is your mindset working for optimum results?
- Do you recognize and praise those around you for their process or talent?
If you commit to a growth mindset and plan accordingly, you are making a positive quick start to your new year. Once you make your goals public, it's difficult not to follow through. Concentrate on your mindset daily, and you will see a noteworthy difference in your relationships and life. Be sure to check out many more motivational blogs here.
This article was originally published on January 11, 2020, and has been updated (December 2022).
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