Success may seem to elude you. Whenever it feels like you are just steps away from achieving it, failure seems to follow. To succeed in any aspect of life, what you need is a change of mindset that will open your eyes to possibilities and opportunities. Remember, not knowing how far you are from where you want to be, may make it harder to get to the destination. Let’s take a closer look across the mindset that separates people from success and defeat.
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
As stated by Carol Dweck, a psychologist from Stanford University and writer of the book entitled “Mindset”, there are two types– fixed and growth. Usually, people have both mindsets depending on the circumstances given. Understanding the difference between the two can help you find out if you have the right mindset for success.
- If you trust that talent alone is the key to one’s success, then, generally speaking, you have a fixed mindset. In addition to this, you believe that characteristics like talent and intelligence are inherent. Therefore, you don’t seek to develop aptitude. Instead, accept failure when faced by a task that is outside the scope of your abilities.
- In contrast, a growth mindset is when you believe that success can be attained through learning and persistence. These are the type of people who see talent and intelligence as foundations. A developmental mindset makes it possible for one to improve or enhance abilities through dedication. Obstacles and setbacks are viewed as learning opportunities.
This means, building a growth mindset can be extremely constructive if you are seeking to excel and succeed. Learning how to pick yourself up after stumbling, learning from mistakes, and believing that nothing is impossible from achieving.
Negative vs. Positive Attitude
Look back to a point when you last met failure. Pay close attention to how you reacted. It shows you how mindset affects behavior; whether you had a positive or negative attitude towards your predicament.
- A negative attitude towards failure means your perspective in life can be full of hopelessness, failures, and disappointments. When dealt with an obstacle or difficulty, a person with a negative mindset is quick to feel defeated or even victimized for the situation they’re in.
- Conversely, a positive attitude lets you overcome these challenges and hardships a bit easier. You see failure, not as an end but as a stepping stone that realigns your path to success.
Consequences of Changing your Mindset
A change in mindset affects success by way of transforming your perspective and attitude towards challenges and letdowns, in addition to having the confidence to pursue new ideas. It gives you the motivation to improve yourself to be able to succeed. Open yourself up to changing your mind to adapt to a more constructive mindset and it will inevitably impact your work, relationships, and more for the better.