If you've read my article on What Is A Growth Mindset you will be aware that there are many reasons why you need a growth-oriented mindset.
Ultimately, without a growth mindset you will
- not realise your goals and dreams.
- be unable to live the life that you want to have
- lack fulfilment and always wonder what you could have achieved
To my mind, embracing a growth mindset is like embarking on a voyage of self-discovery. Are you willing to face stormy waters, the upheaval of emotions and challenging waves?
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If you are, then the most extraordinary achievements will be yours.
Read on to discover 30 compelling reasons why you need a growth mindset.
30 Compelling Reasons You Need A Growth Mindset
1. The beliefs you have in your ability are unlimited
In the fixed mindset, you believe you can't improve. However the growth mindset believes you can continually grow, learn and become better.
2. Acceptance of your flaws and imperfections
We're all a work in progress, and there's no such thing as perfection. As a result, any perceived flaws or imperfections are accepted as part of who you are.
3. Weakness doesn’t define you
Everybody has a weakness, or an area needing development. It doesn’t mean that you are a failure.
4. You're genuine and open
Accepting your flaws and perfections means you're not trying to hide from your mistakes, or be someone else.
Attention is on improvement. You’re not stuck with regrets or worries about past actions.
Failure is not a definition of your ability. You’re more likely to push yourself beyond your comfort zone where the magic happens.
You understand that when things go wrong, there's another approach to try. Setbacks are a natural process of learning and build persistence. You'll try again to get the result you want
8. Problems are resolved quicker
A willingness to explore new ways of doing things helps you become more creative about problem-solving
9. You have a greater sense of purpose
Your mind is willing to explore its dreams and desires; as a result, there's a greater sense of purpose to what you do.
10. Avoids immediate gratification
Knowing your purpose in life means you see the bigger picture. With eyes on the big prize, you focus on what you want to achieve. Less distraction from shiny object syndrome
Setbacks, criticism or opinions of others are easier to handle as your focus is on your advancement without worrying about what others may think.
12. Progress beyond perfection
Waiting for situations or events to be perfect can delay progress. With a growth mindset, you know that making progress is what matters most. Perfection doesn't exist.
13. Focus on growth, not on speed
You’re more deliberate about how you spend your time. As long as you’re improving, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. You’re not seduced by quick fixes that could impact you later.
14. Security and a sense of well-being
Knowledge gained through substantial experience gives you a strong sense of self-assurance and belief in yourself. If you don’t know something, you’re capable of learning it.
15. You're an action taker
With a focus on taking action as being the best way to learn, you become a proactive action taker. Whilst dreamers fantasise about their life, you live it.
16. Happy to embrace challenges
New challenges are an opportunity to grow. You don’t fear going into the unknown.
17. Open to learning new things
Your ability to understand new ideas is fluid. You don’t stay in a rut doing the same old thing and expecting different results.
18. Willing to try new ideas
If at first you don’t succeed, it might be due to the way you are doing something. Trying a new approach allows you to make progress faster.
Failing is a learning process. Failure doesn't define you; it means there’s a better way to approach the situation.
A willingness to learn from others enhances understanding, knowledge and builds relationships.
With attention on learning and seeing its benefits, a new love of learning evolves, which increases your motivation
Learning increases the connections with the brain - it's like yoga for the mind.
23. Provides self-validation
You become secure in your skillset, understanding your strengths and weaknesses. You’re not reliant on seeking approval which could be biased to how others think.
24. Liberation from what other's think
You're free from concerns about what other’s might say about you. You understand that everyone has an opinion, but you don’t worry about it. It doesn’t keep you up at night!
25. Become a better listener
Due to your focus and understanding, you engage in active listening as you determine what is useful to you.
26. Celebrate other's success
You’re no longer caught up in jealousy of others achievements but see this as a demonstration of an excellent way to do things. You can learn from other’s success.
You welcome feedback as an opportunity to learn. You hear the good and know that you’re on the right path and you understand the ways to improve which you can implement to become even better.
Another opportunity to grow and gather the information you need to improve. You understand that this is not a personal attack and are not stressed by it.
29. Willingness to take risks
By taking risks, you go outside your comfort zone and acquire more knowledge and understanding, which opens up to new opportunities.
30. Reach higher levels of success
Your success is a culmination of all the preceding benefits. You can achieve bigger and greater goals and rewards.
A Growth Mindset Benefits
Due to the large number of benefits, a growth mindset can provide means it’s a better way of thinking. Not only will you make more remarkable progress towards your goals and dreams, you’re free from the stress, anxiety and inner doubt that plagues those with a fixed mindset. Less stress and doubt means greater happiness.
To be more successful is alluring, but it does require an openness and willingness to learn. It isn’t easy to change your way of thinking. It takes hard work, focused effort and action.
So don't get stuck in a rut or think that the world is against you because things don't go your way.
There is a better way to consider your situation and I promise you, you will be a lot happier as a result.