What is Mindset?

Mindset is simply another word for attitude.  It is how we think and how we apply our attitude in our life, relationships, families and jobs.  This was never on my radar or something I was consciously aware of until I met my best buddy Ann (she has been teaching growth mindset for 7 years now so knows a thing or two about it). 

Here is my attempt at explaining it (from a once “fixed mindset” perspective).  So, there are two types of mindset FIXED & GROWTH.  Our mindset can be adapted & changed as we go. We are not born one or the other!  I have typically always been a fixed mindset person. 

Fixed mindset people (as I once was) believe that their basic qualities are simply fixed traits they are born with.  We tend to believe that other people are naturally good at doing certain things, for example, presenting, networking, dance, maths, football basically anything a person with a fixed mindset feels they can’t do. 

I used to believe that my work skills and personality traits were just givens.  The way I was born and the environment I was born into made me this way and that was just that.  I would worry all the time and always think I had to prove myself to the world. For years I allowed my mindset to keep me in a job I no longer enjoyed.  I had achieved success in my field and I was too scared to step away from this and try something new.  I was scared to FAIL!

People with a growth mindset think that anything can be achieved through HARD WORK and EFFORT.  A growth mindset has a love of learning, a resilience that is essential for living a happy and positive life, and sees failure as an opportunity to learn and develop.

The transition for me (and I am still very much a work in progress, ask anyone who knows me) has literally been life-changing.  I no longer work in a job I don’t enjoy, I no longer fear failure (well most of the time) and I try to embrace new challenges and step out of my comfort zone as often as I can.

Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It's about seeing things in a new way. I have made a commitment to myself to learn, to grow and to fail regularly! It is liberating.  Sure, I still have my “fixed mindset” moments but I am now able to recognise the thought patterns and take a reality check.  I often ask myself….”what would Ann do in this situation?”   

Just that one little thought enables me to step back and look at my thought process from a different angle….

What mindset do you want to have?