“Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough”- Og Mandino
Hi Guys! I apologize for the break in transmission. Last weekend was quite crazy but all went well. I hope you’re excited at an opportunity to see a brand new day today. Life is a gift and every day above six feet below should be celebrated. You have another chance, another opportunity to make today count! So do not waste any time feeling sorry for yourself or lounging in self pity. Instead, you can spend some time being grateful for the gift of life itself…count your blessings, take a prayer walk, write down or accomplish a goal, call up/message a loved one and tell them how grateful you are to have him/her in your life, do something random that makes you happy. Just make it count!
The week before the last, I wrote the first part of this piece titled “The Growth Mindset” which you can read here where I discussed some of the characteristics of a person with a Growth Mindset and compared same with that of a person with a Fixed 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.”- Carol Dweck
I also included, at the end of the blog post, a link to an assessment test to help you identify what kind of mindset you have presently.
Today’s piece focuses on some of the ways you can develop a Growth Mindset. I’ll be sharing five tips which I have learned and am currently learning on how to develop a Growth Mindset.
1.Embrace imperfections- Who else gets super hard on themselves sometimes or most of the time? *waving hand furiously in the air*. I know a whoolllleeee lot about being hard on myself sometimes especially when I fall short of my expectations or other people’s expectations of me or make mistakes when carrying out an important task. I’m learning however to embrace my imperfections and to give room for mistakes, errors and other learning opportunities. You will fall here and there before you get to a stage where you’re satisfied with your performance and even then, with a growth mindset, you always seek to improve as the room for improvement is never big enough.
Some days would be good, some great and some outright discouraging, but I am also understanding that there are some things that I am not really good at naturally and need to spend extra time learning how to do and that’s perfectly okay. All you need to be concerned with is giving your best whatever the situation.
I’m currently reading the book below titled “The Rules of Life” by Richard Templar. It’s a really good book so far (even though I think the author gives off this too-blunt, rude kinda vibe in the book anyway; my opinion ) and I’ve learned alot from it including learning to accept myself for who I am and embracing my imperfections whatever they may be.
So embrace those imperfections and keep learning, keep growing, keep moving!
2. Fail forward- When you adopt a growth mindset, you fail forward. In failing forward, you acknowledge that failure is a part of our everyday life in achieving your goals and that you would fall a couple of times before we arrive at your destination. You develop the ability to get back up after you have been knocked down, you learn from your mistake and you move forward in a better direction. You see failures as learning opportunities and obstacles as building blocks.
“Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner…I will persist with knowledge that each failure will increase my chance of success at the next attempt…Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession.”- Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in The World
3.Avoid comparison- Do not in anyway compare yourself to the next person. Sometimes these comparisons creep up subconsciously and before we know it, we waste valuable time dwelling on them and feeling less than competent to handle certain tasks because we are too busy concentrating on the next person’s strengths and not ours. A growth minded individual realizes that each person has his/her gifts, talents, strengths and weaknesses and has an equal chance at developing same as each individual is unique in his/her own way. Focus on your strengths and develop your weaknesses into strengths. Also, feed your potential!
4. Make a new goal to replace every goal accomplished- A growth minded person does not get complacent with his/her achievements. Instead, when one goal has been accomplished, a new goal can be made to replace that goal. This ensures that the individual is constantly learning, failing forward and trying to do his/her best at every point in time.
5. Fall in love with the process- Last but not the least, enjoy the learning process of it all. Life is in various stages and phases with each one presenting a plethora of lessons that we can learn from. Sometimes we are so obsessed with seeing the end result of a goal or a dream within a certain time frame that we get impatient and begin to freak out when the process continues beyond that expected time frame. A growth minded person embraces all the lessons that can be learned from life in his/her daily activities and in the phases of life while expecting the best to come.
Do not get carried away looking out for only the end result or destination that you miss out on the learning process. Remember, the prize is in the process.
Have a great Saturday!
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