They say our life is only as good as our mindset–what we think about, why we think about it, and how we think about it. The quality of our thoughts significantly shapes and affects our perspective on things, our choices, our behaviors, and even our daily performance.
So, do you think about the way you think?
This might be the sign to start doing so.
Psychologist and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dr. Carol Dweck, coined the two types of mindsets. The growth mindset and the fixed mindset.
Someone with a growth mindset acknowledges that he/she is a constant work in progress–one that can develop talents and skills through hard work, perseverance, and proper guidance. On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset believes that he/she will not improve no matter how hard he/she tries.
Here are some of the ways you can reframe your thoughts to cultivate a growth mindset:
1. Assess/reflect on yourself
Think about the way you think about things. Awareness is always the first step to resolution. Don’t turn a blind eye on your weaknesses. Acknowledge them. Most importantly, accept, and work on improvements.
2. Believe in the power of yet
I don’t know how to do it…yet.
I am not good at this…yet.
I don’t understand this…yet.
It’s not working…yet.
See how big of a change the word yet implies. It shifts your perspective. It reminds you of your capabilities. That in time, with the right amount of dedication and work, you’ll get there, and achieve it.
3. Focus on the good
Instead of asking yourself “why is this happening to me?” try asking “what is this trying to teach me?”
4. Set SMART goals
Goals help you get a clear focus on what truly matters.
5. Enjoy the process
Don’t get hyper fixated on the destination. This will only overwhelm you. Enjoy the process, because this is where all the learning and growth happens.