Navigating Life with a Growth Mindset

Be Prepared – Speed bump Ahead!

Life is full of challenges, speed bumps, obstacles, and ups and downs. Everyone experiences setbacks, disappointments, and tough times. No matter the challenge, the key to thriving in the face of adversity is how you approach and respond to the obstacles in your path.

In general, what is your strategy for embracing obstacles? What is your mindset as you experience adversity?  How are you approaching tough times in your life?  How do you approach the unique challenges you may be facing at this time in your life?

Fixed or Growth – Your Mindset Sets the Stage

What Kind of Mindset do You Have? Your mindset is what compels you to take a certain action or leads you to refrain from acting on something. Your mindset influences how you see yourself and those around you. There are (at least) two types of mindsets – Fixed Mindsets or Growth Mindsets. Each mindset has distinguishing characteristics.  We can choose our mindset and our approach to life.  What will you choose?

Fixed Mindset –

If you have a fixed mindset, you tend to believe your skills or qualities are set and cannot be changed. You have a set belief about many things including your intelligence level, personality, or personal character. These people tend to limit themselves and focus on proving themselves and their worth to others.

9 Fixed Mindset Behavioral Characteristics Include:

  1. Blaming others for things that are wrong
  2. Developing lazy habits
  3. Relying on addictions
  4. Having an insatiable “appetite” and always wanting more of everything
  5. Being self-absorbed and rarely taking other people into consideration
  6. Not taking the proactive initiative to achieve
  7. Obsessing about what others are thinking, doing, or saying about you
  8. Wasting time
  9. Coming across to others in a negative way

7  Sub-Mindsets of a Fixed Mindset Include: 

  1. Fear mindset
  2. Lazy mindset
  3. Envy mindset
  4. Greed mindset
  5. Short-term mindset
  6. Angry mindset
  7. Follower mindset

Growth Mindset – 

If you have a growth mindset you are apt to believe you have a basic set of qualities that can be cultivated through your efforts, strategies, and help from others.

9 Growth Mindset Behavioral Characteristics include:

  1. Willing to help others
  2. Approaching life with a problem-solving attitude
  3. Thinking big and knowing what you want
  4. Feeling gratitude for what you have
  5. Having a consistent eagerness to learn
  6. Dedicating your life to personal/professional growth
  7. Having an ability to change, adjust, flex, and develop new skills
  8. Embracing life’s challenges
  9. Learning from failures

6 Sub-Mindsets of a Growth Mindset Include:

  1. Social mindset
  2. Business mindset
  3. Dreamer mindset
  4. Gratitude mindset
  5. Confident mindset
  6. Creative mindset

Six Strategies to Help You Manage Challenges

  1. Shift to a Growth-Mindset – Are you stuck in a fixed-mindset?  The good news is you can change your mindset to one of growth and abundance.

  2. Decide to embrace the obstacle – If you’re having a tough time, it can be easy to feel helpless, even that you’re a victim. But it’s up to you to rise to the challenge and decide that you won’t be overwhelmed. Choosing to take control and embrace your challenge is the first step in overcoming it. Look your obstacle square in the face and resolve to meet it.

  3. Be grateful for your obstacles – Feeling gratitude for the challenges in life might sound counterintuitive. But think about it. Without obstacles in your life, you would not grow and learn and become a better person. Obstacles are a natural, normal part of living an authentic life Accepting the challenge, resolving to meet it head-on, and overcoming it makes you a better, stronger person. Think of how good it feels to deal with a problem and solve it. It’s a wonderful feeling to face your fears and overcome them!

  4. Ask yourself this important question today –  When you look back on today’s tough times, what do you want to be able to say about yourself and how you handled yourself, your relationships, and your life during this time?
  1. Be okay with discomfort – The proof that you’re embracing your obstacle is acknowledging that it doesn’t feel good. It can feel uncomfortable, heavy, even painful. There are lots of life experiences that hurt at the time but end up being for your best and highest good. From marathon training to going to the dentist to public speaking, even facing your debtors, you feel so much better once you’ve faced the worst. Remember it won’t last forever. Don’t shrink from the bad feelings. You can ride them out!

  2. Make sure you have a support team – You don’t have to face your obstacles alone. It can make all the difference to remain connected (even if via Zoom!) to supportive people who will stick by you and cheer you on when you want to give up. If you have a cheering squad, you’ll find that extra level of energy to help get you through. And you’ll be there for your friends and colleagues when they’re facing their challenges. Once you are part of a team who has each other’s backs, none of you will have to face life’s ups and downs alone. You’ll fight together and celebrate success together.

  3.  Reflect on your mindset through journaling  – Generate a list of actions you could take as you face your fears and tackle challenges. Choose one – begin! Find a mindset journal here.