Jan. 27, 2022, 12:14 p.m.
Regardless of the skills, knowledge, behaviours and experience you have, an essential element towards achieving success in your career is having a positive mindset. It’s not mentioned a lot, but positive thinking is a fantastic attribute to master when navigating through your personal development journey. Having a positive mindset refers to focusing on the good in any situation, which can massively impact your physical and mental health; ultimately affecting the way you live your life. With ‘mindset’ referring to your state of mind, it can provide an outcome for the way you think, feel and act producing your overall attitude for the way you perceive the world.
Psychologist Carol Dweck, from Stanford University, was the first researcher to explore and develop the idea of fixed and growth mindsets. These two theories relate to the way we think about ourselves, our intelligence and our abilities; leading to the outcome of what we achieve.
Carol stated that a Growth Mindset refers to someone who believes that intelligence and talents can be improved through effort and learning. People with this mindset are said to understand that their current situation of not being good at something, or lacking skills, is all temporary and can be developed upon. With consideration that there are still variables to impact what we can achieve, people with a growth mindset have the ability to recognise setbacks or barriers and use these as a motivation for effort and learning. Characteristics of someone with a growth mindset include:
- Ability to treat feedback as fuel to improve
- Willingly embrace challenges
- Seek new opportunities which they know will lead to advancement in their development
- Believe effort leads to mastery
- Encourages lifelong learning
In comparison, Carol also developed the theory of a Fixed Mindset. This refers to someone who believes they were born with their current level of intelligence and talent, and there is nothing that can be done about it. Having a fixed mindset can lead to consistent negative thinking that ultimately impacts negative outcomes in life. For example, failing a task can make them believe it’s because they aren’t smart enough to do it. People with a fixed mindset may present the following characteristics:
- Avoid challenges to avoid potential failure
- Take feedback badly, so they ignore anything negative said about them
- Feel threatened by the success of others
- Aim to hide their flaws to prevent judgement from others
- Believe putting in effort isn’t worth it
- Lack of drive, and give up on challenges easily
Below our team have shared 5 tips for implementing a growth mindset to benefit your career. These stages should be a continual cycle in your routine if you want to start making changes and building progress. After putting these accountability tasks into practice, you should begin to feel yourself achieving more in your day to day life.
1. Understand yourself and the value you bring
2 . Consider your aspirations and the options available to reach them
3. Set yourself long term and short term goals
4. Implement a plan and stay consistent
5. Regularly review your progress