I am reading a book about mindset right now, which has given me a lot of new information to consider.
It’s called “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck, PhD.
The book navigates through the fixed versus growth mindset and the difference between the two and how both can live inside us in specific circumstances and how we usually lean toward one versus the other.
The most fascinating part of the book (other than geeking out on the research and real life examples) is the concept that mindset can be changed.
This is right in line with what I teach in regards to thoughts, feelings, actions, and results and how we improve our habits and our lives.
Our mindset can be adjusted, improved and altered. We’re not stuck. We can choose to consciously change from a fixed to a growth mindset. This expands our world and allow us to release the limitations that a fixed mindset can impose on us.
Thus, we’re only as limited as we choose to be. With a growth mindset, we understand (or can learn) that trying and failing and the process of learning is unending and engaging. With a fixed mindset, we may believe we are only so smart, so talented, so skilled, etc so we get frustrated when we are not achieving what we think we should be (y’all already know how I feel about the word should… if not, click here to review). I found myself feeling defensive during some parts of the book, as I can see where I’ve had a fixed mindset and also where I’ve learned to proceed with more of a growth mindset approach AND the differences between the two.
I’m summarizing what I’ve been reading, of course, and this interpretation is mine (and likely I’m probably not doing it justice).
I’m blessed to have a library at my gym so we can check books out. All of them are educational and inspirational and I am so grateful to my community there and the owner who is always encouraging each of us to grow.
Okay, I digress, back to mindset. How does this apply to improving and transforming our lives?
Our brains are awesome at setting us on autopilot and repeating the same things – over and over and over…. Even to our own detriment (repeating what we know is safe, right? Even if we’ve decided we want to change, that’s still only a thought, it hasn’t translated into action yet).
This can seem impossible to stop or change.
It can seem overwhelming to try to adjust.
The best news I can give you – it’s NOT. It’s all IN YOUR POWER.
Your world exists only in your mind.
Stop and think about it… reality is what we make it. We create our own lives.
Two people can experience the same event (circumstance) and come out of the experience with completely different perspectives and memories of exactly what happened.
How is that possible?
It’s because our thoughts create our world. Whether we have a fixed or growth mindset, we determine our reality and our lives by our thoughts. Have you ever considered that your life and experiences are unique only to you? Even if you share an experience with someone, they’re bringing their history, their past experiences, interpretations, and current reality into that experience and interpreting it based on their thoughts and beliefs.
So, just like learning that a growth mindset can be learned and nurtured, this is also true with our reality. This is the basis of how we begin to change. We first imagine we can, then think we can, then feel that we can, until we take action.
Every action begins with a thought and every choice we make is grounded in our mindset.
I think this is FANTASTIC – because if we’re not happy, we can change. All it takes is that first thought.
Have a wonderful day y’all!!