Sometimes, I choose the harder route because my goal is to learn. It doesn’t always make sense to other people and it surely is not easier. I didn’t know that there was a name for that type of thinking, the methodology that values the process not just the end result. It’s called a Growth Mindset.
Often when people set goals, their focus is on the end result, the destination. They lament when they don’t reach the desired destination and they tend to discount everything gained along the way. Ah, but there is value in who you become along the way! Did you learn something about yourself? Did you acquire a new skill or perspective? Did you grow stronger in some way?
The video below does a great job explaining the differences between a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset. After watching it, ask yourself which one is more true of you currently?
How can you move from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset?
- Change your perspective and view challenges as opportunities
- Appreciate and value the journey, not just the destination
- Focus on mastery, not speed
- Connect the dots–make what you’re doing relative to your big picture
- Don’t be overly concerned with the approval of others
- Make time for reflection
For more ways to develop a growth mindset, visit 25 Simple Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset.
What are you growing for this year?