Mindsets are beliefs—beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. … People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that.
A mindset is a belief that orients the way we handle situations — the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do. Our mindsets help us spot opportunities but they can trap us in self-defeating cycles.
According to MindsetOnline.com, “people with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that. If they have a lot, they’re all set, but if they don’t… So people in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.
People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Sure they’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things—not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan—without years of passionate practice and learning.”
But a mindset is more than all of these things.
A Mindset can make or break your success, drive, and spirit. Really. I was thinking about it the other day and have had several high level convos with clients, family members and others on this topic.
It turned into a personal uplifting pep talk for me. So I am paying it forward into this week’s 10 Minute Podcast!