“Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset.” – Harvard Business Review
These types of people are open to new experiences and treat their mistakes like lessons. They are also constantly seeking ways to improve both their personal and professional lives.
Here’s a deeper dive into the qualities of people with a growth mindset:
They Are Positive Thinkers
Positivity is the number one habit of a person with a growth mindset. That’s because they feel good about the process no matter how far along they are.
“The benefits of positive thoughts don’t stop after a few minutes of good feelings subside. In fact, the biggest benefit that positive thoughts provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life.” – James Clear
This type of glass-half-full thinking is exactly what allows individuals seeking growth to excel in everything they do.
They Use Failures As Lessons
When you have a growth mindset, you know that failure is not the end of the road, it’s just the beginning.
“Success may increase confidence, but it rarely, if ever, builds wisdom. Only failure can do that, and only if we let it.” – Forbes
Individuals open to growth know how to embrace failure. They are able to extract the right lessons and move forward in a more enlightened way. After all, you learn far more from your mistakes than your triumphs.
They Have An Open Mind
In order to see all the ways in and out of a particular problem, it’s important to have an open mind.
“You have to change your thoughts and beliefs before you can expect your behaviors and actions to change. Most people try to do it the other way, modifying their behaviors in an effort to change, only to find it doesn’t work. True change happens from the inside out.” – Operation Meditation
Many people are fixed in their ways. However, in order to broaden their horizons, growing individuals are always open to change!
They Don’t Have A Fixed Mindset
In order to have a growth mindset, you can’t have a fixed one. This seems obvious, but many people who feel helpless or stuck often don’t realize that they’re actually in their own way. Keep in mind, you may not have a fixed mindset in all aspects of your life.
Here’s a straightforward infographic to help you tell the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
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“If someone believes intelligence and abilities are immutable traits, they are not likely to put in much effort to change their inherent intelligence and abilities. On the other hand, those who believe they can change these traits may be much more willing to put in extra time and effort to achieve more ambitious goals.” – Positive Psychology
It’s important that individuals seeking growth be honest with themselves. They need to be self-aware enough to notice if there are any unconscious biases holding them back.
By embracing the idea that change is possible, individuals seeking more growth are able to get themselves unstuck.
It can be difficult to stay positive while embracing change. However, people with a growth mindset have a hard time seeing it any other way!
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