We’re often told to “dream big” as if belief is paramount, and enough of it can sustain a goal till fruition. It’s often hard to set outrageous goals, doubt and fear obstructing our vision, to the point where it seems impossible and overwhelming to even think about accomplishing them.
☝️ However, research shows that, in fact, our belief systems, both conscious and unconscious, can have a significant impact on our behavior and success.
👨🎓 Carol Dweck, psychologist, and professor at Stanford University, found in her research studying mindset and motivation, that our beliefs about our personality can greatly affect the way we live.
She studied the differences between what she called the “fixed” and the “growth” mindsets, and how they influenced grit and motivation.
⛔ The “fixed mindset” was characterized by the belief that we are born with an inherent intelligence and ability, that these variables cannot be moved or influenced, and that success is their measure. The “growth mindset”, contrarily, perceives intelligence as something to be developed, and challenges and mistakes as opportunities for learning, rather than failure.
She concluded that the growth mindset is ultimately much more supportive of both success and happiness. The “fixed mindset” spawns an attitude of crippling perfectionism, as well as a desire to reach the “fixed” expectation of ability.
🌳 The “growth mindset”, however, creates space for learning, for improvement. It allows challenges, and forgives mistakes, creating a safe environment for people to develop their skills and knowledge as they grow.
✍️ In the comments below, please let me know what you think of Carol Dweck’s research. How could you incorporate a growth mindset in your own life?
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