Developing a Success
& Growth Mindset “ABSOLUT CUP”
Of paramount importance now than ever before!
This is the 2nd part of our series, one which will assist you to be successful in the present VUCA situation.
In our 1st part, (click here) we had defined a ‘Growth Mindset’ and how it helps us in managing and thriving in the present situation.
A quick overview …
The term “Growth Mindset” was coined by Stanford University Psychology professor Carol Dweck. She worked with thousands of children, accumulating decades of research and this is what she saw: success in the classroom had less to do with innate ability and everything to do with mindset.
In “Growth Mindset”, you believe your abilities can be developed, such as: Intelligence can improve with study and practice, or physical abilities can improve with training and effort. Plus, challenges and mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. You’re inspired to take risks and give the time and effort to learning.
Growth Mindset fosters a love of learning and a willingness to take risks and make mistakes, allowing for the development of resilience and patience.
This contrasts with “Fixed Mindset” in which one believes that smarts and talents are innate, fixed traits that can’t truly be cultivated… for e.g. learning to be good at a skill.
How can I develop a Growth Mindset?. Would be the thought coming to your mind!!
Here are 10 easy steps to enable you to do just that, which we call the “ABSOLUT CUP”
1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.
If we can accept that nothing is perfect in this world, then acknowledging our own imperfections will happen with less efforts. Considering ourselves as imperfect beings will give a sense of freedom to do things better.
2. Be authentic
Pretending to be someone who you are not takes a lot of effort. Pretentiousness dilutes our personality into something, that we are not. Rather, reflect on who you are and inculcate the habit of being true to yourself, in daily life. This will help you achieve greater results.
3. Stop seeking approval
Validation from others is so important that we forget our strengths and become restricted. This can prevent us from realizing our true abilities. Cultivating self-acceptance and self-approval of who you are will help unleash the hidden power.
4. Own your growth mindset
Be resilient to the situations and own these attitudes of growth mindset. It is said that, ‘A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence!’
5. Learn from mistakes
Every mistake made is an opportunity to learn. Replace the word ‘failing’ with the word ‘learning’.
6. Utilize challenges as opportunities.
Every obstacle and problem gives us the potential and opportunity to grow and develop. It paves the way to develop new skills and acquire knowledge. Challenges teach us great life lessons.
7. Turn criticisms around until you find its gifts.
Not accepting criticisms are missed opportunities to grow. Looking from the other’s perspective presents scope to do things differently. Keeping an open mind to learning, helps us to learn something new.
8. Cultivate a sense of purpose.
Think big and always work towards it. Temporary gratification does not last forever. A purpose in life gives you that energy and drive. Thriving to achieve your goals will lead to bigger things in future.
9. Upgrade process over the result
It is the journey that matters rather than the destination. The process of achieving things gives you a greater sense of fulfillment than the outcome itself. Enjoy the process of reaching your goal.
10. Pay attention to your thoughts and words.
Start to pay attention to the thoughts in your mind. If you have heard this before; Our thoughts become our words. Our words become our habits. Habits becomes our values and they become our destiny. To change your destiny, think POSITIVE.
Growth mindset means one embraces challenges, persists in the face of setbacks, takes responsibility for their words and actions. By choosing to make the extra effort to build a growth mindset, we can make our mental processes work for us, resulting in a greater likelihood that we will achieve the results we set for ourselves and live the life we always wanted to live !!
Dweck, C.S. Mindset: The new psychology of success and other articles on Growth mindset.