Fixed versus Growth Mindset?

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Perhaps you’ve heard this famous quote before.

Normally it’s applied to the political and legal arena, but today I’m going to use it to discuss mindset.

Tend your garden

Your mindset is something that needs continual attention if you want it to be free of limiting beliefs.

Cultivation is a good word really.

Your mind is like a garden, and if you don’t attend to it, the weeds will grow up and take over.

Hack those weeds

And by ‘weeds’, I mean negative self-talk and perspectives that you hold you back from reaching success.

So let’s do a little check-up to make sure we’re all moving forward.

Firstly, what is ‘mindset’?

Well, your mindset is all the thoughts that form how you talk to yourself.

It’s your beliefs and perspectives about how the world works, and your place in it.

It’s what you believe is possible.

Thought, word, and action

Now, what’s important to remember, is that your mindset is going to direct the flow of your life.

It will influence the actions and decisions you make each and every day.

So, I’ll ask you this: Do you have a fixed mindset? Or a growth mindset?

Fixed Mindset

A fixed mindset is when you believe your personal qualities are fixed traits that can never be changed.

You might believe that people are rich and talented simply because they were born that way and no effort was required.

You might think people are intelligent because that’s just they way they are.

They were born that way and no effort was required.

People with a fixed mindset don’t understand or believe that intelligence and talent can be developed and improved over time.

Growth Mindset

The other side of the coin is the growth mindset.

People with a growth mindset believe that talent, wealth and intelligence can all be developed over time.

They invest in themselves, they never stop learning and they believe anything is possible if they want it to be so.

But they also know it will take effort and persistence.

And so, they focus on the process, not on the end result.

In the growth mindset, you realize that things are very malleable and that you are the one who can shape them.

Choosing consistent action

I encourage you to take a moment and just check in with yourself.

Do you believe you can achieve success if you develop yourself and stay consistent?

Because that is the real key. Consistently taking action towards your goals.

Define what success looks like to you, reverse engineer the steps you need to take to get there, and start tackling them one at a time.

If you’re in need of a strategy session to get yourself started, feel free to hit me up. It’s what I do.

And I’ll end this with another quote to consider…“Free your mind and the rest will follow”.

Talk soon!

Nigel

Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach
Holding Your Feet to the Fire

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I'm Nigel and I'm the accountability guru and productivity mastermind.   I offer online accountability coaching to help my clients reach their goals faster and support them every step of the way.   Check out the Online Coaching page to find out how this accountability system will help you reach your business, career, financial, health and personal goals.

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