Growth Vs Fixed Mindset
A fixed mindset can often leave you thinking you’re unable to change or develop your intelligence and skill set. This negatively impacts the effort you put in to improving, as you feel there is no opportunity to grow. However, a growth mindset means you believe that you can always change and improve your intelligence and abilities. With a growth mindset, you are motivated to work towards your goals, and you see setbacks as opportunities to learn and develop, which strengthens your resilience.
Unsurprisingly, your mindset impacts your wellbeing, self-confidence, and self-belief.
Test your mindset
Remember, mindset changes with time and experience, so we can both Growth and Fixed at different points in our lives.
Complete each question below to see where your mindset is right now.
Strongly fixed Mindset with a real opportunity to grow.
There is an opportunity for you to target shifting your mindset in your development work. Overusing a Fixed mindset can stifle your potential, meaning you might be missing opportunities to grow and develop and can become judgmental.
Fixed mindset but you are working on developing your Growth mindset.
Predominantly, your thinking is fixed but you are either working on your growth mindset or aware of your ability to go to a fixed mindset. With some specific self-directed coaching and work on clarifying when and where you have the tendency to go fixed, you can shift this.
Growth and Fixed mindset.
You swing between the two, you are in a growth mindset when you are at your best (enough sleep, not too stressed etc.) but fall back on fixed ideas when low on resources. Being aware of when and where you tend to go fixed and use mindfulness to monitor your growth and fixed responses.
Growth mindset with some fixed mindset tendencies.
You have a growth mindset, but you may have some default fixed responses to certain issues and topics. Explore where these responses have originated from, and how you might be able to reframe them into growth mindset opportunities.
Strong Growth mindset.
You are constructive, see failure as an opportunity to learn and you persevere through challenges. Find outlets to use this strength of yours, whether it be in your work, your business or at home. Your mindset is a gift and can be utilised to challenge and build your potential.
Your intelligence is something you are born with, and you are limited to how much it can change.
No matter how much capacity you have, you can always develop it further.
Some people just aren't meant to be creative.
The harder you work at something, the better you will be at that skill.
You feel frustrated or angry when you are criticised.
You appreciate when people give you feedback about your performance.
Some people are born smart and don't need to work that hard.
You can always develop how 'clever' you are.
You are born with your personality and it is usually set in stone.
You don't find it hard to learn new things.
Take a look at yourself and make a change
Make note of the states of mind, environments, and people that trigger your Fixed mindset moments.
Watch this infographic video to learn more about how your mindset can either hold you back or help you achieve greatness... it's up to you!
This video also talks through Carol Dweck's theories on Growth Mindset, and how we can adjust our thinking to be the absolute best versions of ourselves.