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How To Reprogram Yourself Using Growth Mindset?

Having a growth mindset is powerful!

How you think and which mindset you use can help you
achieve extraordinary goals in life!

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“No one limits your growth but you.
If you want to earn more, learn more. 

That means you'll work harder for a while; 
that means you'll work longer for a while. 
But you'll be paid for your extra effort with
enhanced earnings down the road.” 
-Tom Hopkins

growth mindset


What Is Growth Mindset (Definition of a growth mindset)

It all started with the research and experiments of professor
Carol Dweck (University of Stanford), she went deep into how
our self-image and mindset ultimately shape our lives.

what is growth mindset

Everyone in the world has a way of perceiving things. 
We call this a mindset

You have a mindset, your friends have a mindset, and all the people around you have a different mindset.

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work,
brains and talent are just the starting point. 
This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015)

People with growth mindsets are constantly trying to learn and grow to better themselves. 

These are individuals who enjoy challenges and believe that
their intelligence, talents, and basic abilities can be increased or enhanced through hard work and dedicated effort.

it’s not always the people who start the smartest who end up
the smartest.

Success is not about proving you’re smart or talented,
but it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new 
and to develop yourself.

The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.

Key Takeaway

Skills and achievement come through continuous commitment and effort.

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

growth vs fixed mindset


These two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, determines a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for perseverance.

Benjamin Barber said: I don’t divide the world into the weak and 

the strong, or the successes and the failures...

I divide the world into the learners and non-learners.


In a growth mindset, people believe their abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort, learning, and persistence. 

Individuals who believe their talents can be developed
(through hard work, good strategies, and input from others)
have a growth mindset.

They tend to achieve more than those with a fixed mindset,
who believe their talents are born gifts that don't need developing over time and don't believe that putting more energy into developing their gift or talents is needed.

A simple example:

Don’t say: “Well done. You’re really good at playing tennis”.
Say: “That’s great. You tried really hard, you've practiced and look how well you’ve done.

I am not good at this VS I'm not good at this YET, but I will learn.

I can't do this VS I need some feedback and help from others.

You see the difference?
Look at the picture below.

fixed mindset vs growth mindset infographic

On the other hand... “Give up that idea that you’re pure growth mindset,” says Carol Dweck.

Nobody has that in everything all the time. 
Everyone is a mixture of the two mindsets.

You could have a predominant growth mindset in one area,
but there can still be things that trigger you into a fixed mindset.

Something challenging and outside your comfort zone can trigger it and automatically activate your fixed mindset.

In a Growth Mindset it's important to praise the process, 
not the talent or ability.

Definition of Fixed Mindset

People with a fixed mindset are very discouraged by setbacks
because a setback activates doubt to their belief in their ability, 
so they tend to become uninterested and give up.

“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities,
like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. 

They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.

They also believe that talent alone creates success...without effort". (Dweck, 2015)

Those with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence and abilities cannot be altered in a meaningful way. 

As a result, mistakes are often seen as failures rather than opportunities to grow and learn.

When stuck in a fixed mindset, we may fear new experiences, 
avoid risks, and feel the need to repeatedly prove ourselves over and over.

compare mindsets

The fixed mindset believes trouble is devastating.

If you believe, “I'm either naturally great or I will never be great”, then when you have any trouble, your mind automatically thinks: there's no point in searching for methods to solve this problem.

Buddha was all about mindset a long time ago! 
He said: "What you think you become, what you feel you attract, 
what you imagine you create".

With a fixed mindset, you want to hide your flaws so
you’re not judged or labeled a failure.

In a fixed mindset, you stick with what you know to keep up
your confidence.

To escape the downfall pattern here you must recognize your fixed mindset thoughts and be self-aware that you have a choice.

Respond to your fixed mindset thoughts and counter them
with growth mindset thoughts and actions.

Fixed Mindset Examples

In a fixed mindset, you believe thoughts like She’s a natural-born dancer or I’m just no good at dancing, so I'll never be able to learn to dance properly... what's the point to even try?

  • You lose interest when a task becomes harder
  • You're discouraged after one setback, failure or rejection and tend to give up easily
  • -Either you're good at something, or you won't even bother to try it
  • -You take critical feedback as a personal attack on you

How to Develop a Growth Mindset

You can start and decide to develop it right now! 

Thinking better about your capabilities, potential, and beliefs 
that with the continuous effort you can achieve anything 
you set your mind to.

become good

Be fascinated with learning, with the process of discovering something new.

[Learning wise...there's 2 courses I highly recommend called: Extraordinary Life Plan or Conscious Manifestation,
that you can check. 

Because If you don’t give anything... don’t expect anything.

Use these suggestions and remind yourself daily:

  • I can learn anything I want to
  • I want to challenge myself
  • Challenges help me to grow
  • I am patient, I know that it takes time & commitment to learn
  • My effort and attitude determine my abilities
  • I am inspired by the success of others
  • I won't let my ego get in the way, because everybody is my superior in some way and has something to teach me
  • Mistakes are my teachers and I learn from people's mistakes and I learn from my own mistakes

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Here's some mind map to follow:

1. Observe Your Mindset

You can’t begin to change a “fixed” mindset until you recognize it. Notice if you rush to conclusions about fundamental abilities. 

Do you tell yourself that you’re no good at a particular task, 
so there’s no point in attempting it? 

Do you believe that success in certain kinds of activities in any field is reserved for naturally gifted people? 

Worry that if you try your hardest and fail at something, 
you’ll be exposed as “no good”?

Examine your actions... are you acting more with a fixed or
with a growth mindset most of the time?

2. Challenge Your Beliefs

Now after recognizing the symptoms of a “fixed” mindset,
you can begin to create a growth mindset.

If some task doesn’t come easily, remind yourself that 
it's an opportunity to learn and improve. 

Research shows that considering a growth mindset for a few moments before starting a task can improve your performance.

3. Analyze Your Weaknesses 

Things that are holding you back or changes you wanna make?

Ask yourself what 3 actionable small steps you can take, 
which will lead to a slight improvement over time!

Why the slight improvement?
Because if you overload your brain that you must be perfect and correct your weaknesses in a short amount of time, you'll feel overwhelmed and activate your fixed mindset 3 days later.

Remember, slower is better sometimes! 

That's why is crucial to be self-aware and examine your thoughts and emotions at least 1 hour once a week.

4.Know your Learning Style

This is what makes all of us unique.
Some learn better with videos, some prefer to listen,
others to read.

My style is reading & writing, combined with audio.

Explore multiple strategies: Don’t just have one plan. 
Execute multiple paths to your desired goals.

Try Free The Blinkist Learning Platform or use
Amazon Audible for 30 days free trial. 

Different roads are leading to the same destination in every city because if one is damaged at least you can still get to your destination!

When tasks get hard, don’t give up easily. 
Take a deep breath and figure your way through it. 

5.Destroy the Need for Approval 

Don't be concerned with other's approval, as long as what
you want to learn is interesting to you.

Make it a goal for yourself to invest 15 minutes every day on 
self-education and to master some new skills over some time 
or to learn more about something you're interested in.

Growth Mindset Activities

A list of the best ways:

  • Replacing the word "failing" with "learning". When you fail or make a mistake, you haven't failed... you've learned!
  • Use frequently the word "Yet", at the end of sentences.
    Dweck said in the book, the word "yet" is her favorite phrase.
    I haven't mastered this... yet! I haven't reached my goal... yet!
  • Celebrate your growth with others! If you appreciate growth truthfully, you're gonna share the progress with your close friends and family.
  • Detach yourself from the outcome. If the results don't come right away, realize that more effort is required and don't worry about the result, focus on the process and the paths that will get you there.
  • Read Carol Dweck Book: Mindset - The New Psychology of Success" on Amazon.

Growth Mindset Quiz

By now, you should have a clearer picture of your mindset,
and you can test it by using this 6 questions quiz to determine
your current level of mindset.

Growth Mindset Quotes

It's not that I'm smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

-Albert Einstein 

Success at anything always comes down to FOCUS & EFFORT and we control both. -Dwight "The Rock" Johnson

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

-Robert Kennedy

Everything negative, pressure, challenges, obstacles... 

are all an opportunity for me to rise!

–Kobe Bryant

Success is going from failure to failure 
without losing enthusiasm. –Winston Churchill

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald

There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes but with hard work, there are NO LIMITS.
–Michael Phelps

Key Takeaways

Cultivating a growth mindset could be the single most important thing you ever do to help you achieve success in
any area of your life.

People with a growth mindset know they can get better 
by working hard and consistently.

People with a fixed mindset feel differently as if they are stuck with the way things are. 

A fixed mindset can happen to anyone at some time or
another but it's important we choose to have a better mindset, keep trying, and stick with challenges.

Put yourself and practice, picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn, and 
keep on going and in the long run, you'll see for yourself
the good results coming your way.

So, what's your key takeaway from this article?
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