Why a growth mindset is crucial to achieve your goals

It’s goal setting season. At the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year, we go crazy with setting new goals for ourselves. However, I believe goals can be made all year round and that it’s a good idea to set new goals or adjust the old ones throughout the year.
I love setting goals. The promise of change for something better. It’s the hope I think we get addicted to.

Goal setting is something I dig into in my coaching programme. I believe you do yourself a favour spending some time thinking about what direction you want to walk in. And what kind of person you’d like to be. Because if you don’t, you get swallowed by life. Getting a job, paying the bills, getting annoyed by unimportant things, yet these things are what you come home and talk about. One day takes another and suddenly 10 years has passed and you have a feeling inside “there’s more to this”.

As you know, the success rate for achieving the goals made around new year is not favorable. I don’t have the statistic but we know many goals aren’t met.

And there is a reason for this.

What is a growth mindset?

A growth mindset is the belief that your basic qualities have the ability to change. That you have the belief and confidence to do and learn something, and to be someone else.

We talk about having a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

A fixed mindset is your inner crtic, inner hater, or inner doubter. This is the fixed mindset persona. This person says things like:

  • I’m not good enough

  • I can’t do this and I’m also too fat.

  • It’s not my fault

  • I’m naturally not good at this, or I’m no good with money because I’m a creative

  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Etc.


A growth mindset is the persona of

  • I like work that makes me think

  • I like to learn even though it means I make a lot of mistakes

  • This I haven’t tried before so I’ll definitely be able to do it (Pipi Longstocking quote)

  • I can change my talents, abilities, and intelligence and so my potential is limitless.

  • There’s a solution to every problem.


Why a growth mindset is crucial to achieve your goals

A growth mindset is crucial if you are aiming for goals that will change your life in some way. Like a new job, starting a business, or creating a personal change. Because a big goal requires you to evolve as a person and for that to happen, you have to believe you can change.

You know this quote from Eisntein:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
— Albert Einstein

We are so controlled by our habits and they are hard to change. But how are you going to do something that requires you to do something different if you do the same thing you’ve always done and think the same thoughts?

You’re going to have to find a way to deal with the fixed mindset inner critic and kick it to the kurb, if you’re to become a person who _______________________(insert your big goal here).


How to develop a growth mindset?

You can’t control what goes on around you but you always have a choice in how to react, act, respond and think.

How you develop a growth mindset is catching your fixed mindset limiting thoughts and beliefs and change them around.

So if you catch thoughts like “I can’t do this, I’m not good enough, I’m not really a _______, I don’t know anything about running a business, I’m not a writer, It’s too hard, I won’t ever be skinny like them etc. ect. etc” snap them, write them down and re-write a new version.

Like this:

“I am not good enough to start and run a business”

“Everyone has to start at the beginning, and every successful business is successful because they learned from many mistakes made over the years. And I’m a good learner”

Or..

“If I try, I’ll fail and be humiliated and people will write nasty things about me on social media.”

“If I don’t try I will have failed anway. So when I try and I fail I will be kind to myself and get comfort and support from my best friend, so I will learn how to try again. I will figure this out.”

You can word the sentences so they make sense to you, but this is how you change the negative and limiting story in your head to a story of possibility.

Netx step after you have written these new sroeies down is to memorize them. So when your mind drifts and you catch youself being all “I can’t, I won’t, no…” you can say to your fixed persona “yes actually,I can"…”

Changing from a negative mindset to a mindset of confidence and possibility is no more difficult or complicated than this. But it will take a conscious and active effort.

You can totally do it. You can take control over your life with a growth mindset and that is a great feeling.

Now, it’s your turn.

Think of 2 fixed negative mindset thoughts you have, write them down and re-word them. Say them to yourself from now on and forever. It’ll lift you up and give you confidence.

P.S You can do this process with every negative, fixed thought you have. It’ll work just the same with thoughts about your boss, family members, loosing weight and so on.


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