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7 Powerful Habits for A Growth Mindset

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Each of us as individuals are responsible for the direction of our own realities. Every decision we make has a consequence, whether it’s positive or negative. So what do we mean by growth mindset?

A growth mindset translates into the belief that our minds, including our skills and the abilities we possess, can be developed and improved throughout our day to day lives. The opposite of this would be a ‘fixed mindset’ approach to life.

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Researchers, such as Carol Dweck, have dedicated over 30 years of their lives in researching and exploring the attitudes of failures discovering why we think in the repressive ways that we do. Dweck was responsible for coining the growth mindset concept and thanks to advanced technologies that have allowed us a deeper understanding into neuroscience, it is now scientifically proven that our brains are capable of expanding and growing based on the conscious mindsets we have.

By developing and altering our mindsets to develop, we are enabling ourselves to make positive changes in our lives, allowing us as individuals to aim high, achieve our goals and live our dreams.

To give you a helping hand towards a more positive and inspiring way of life, here are a few personal habits that can change your life forever:

1. Believe In Positivity

Throughout our lives we are hardwired to believe and consider failure. Parents, even with best interests at heart, will tell their children to slow down, don’t fall out the tree and play safe. By being told this repeatedly, we are wiring our brains to always think of the negative outcome of a situation before we think of the positive, rewarding outcome.

To break free of this negatively driven mindset, envision the future. Imagine and truly believe what it will feel like if you achieve them. Many people are astonished when they find out how easy it is to achieve something once you can clearly see your goal.

2. Become Aware of Your Actions

Becoming aware of the decisions you are making and the effects they will have on yourself and the others around you will improve your successful mindset and help you to achieve your goals. This is especially important with other people. Consider the impact you are having on others with the words that you choose to speak to them.

Are you using words that are enabling the other person to grow, develop and learn from their experiences? Whether you’re at home, with friends or at work, choosing your words can massively impact the way people perceive you and your attitude and, if implemented in the right way, you can gain positive amounts of feedback and support when it comes to your personal situation.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred DeVito

3. Failure Isn’t the End, It’s a New Beginning

If you have attempted something, whether it’s a challenge as simple as going for a run or starting a new business and you fail, that doesn’t mean you should write that project off and forget about it. Failure is the first step in becoming successful and if you don’t allow for these little setbacks and you give up, you’ll never take that first step on the successful path towards your goals and dreams.

4. Take On the Challenge

It’s not unusual to feel scared of failure when presented with a new challenge. When life throws you a curve ball and you’re faced with a new challenge, take the chance to give it your best shot. The worst thing is that you’ll be given the opportunity to learn from your mistakes so you can succeed next time.

5. Open Up Your Mind to New Experiences & Information

As mentioned, individuals with a fixed mindset are only interested in questions or statements that they know the answers to or they know to be true. Those people mentally shut themselves off from the concept of learning. If you’re afraid of failure and unwilling to learn from your new experiences or take on new information, how can you ever hope to move yourself forward to achieve your dreams and goals?

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman 

6. Be Self-Rewarding

You don’t need other people to tell you that you have achieved something great nor do you need their approval. By possessing the ability to believe in yourself and by taking the time to accept and congratulate yourself on learning a new skill or meeting one of your goals can be life changing and helps to open up a whole new world of possibilities.

7. Don’t Let Negativity Hold You Back

You can never make everybody in this world happy. Whether you’re committing to a new diet, changing your lifestyle or seeking out new ways to live your dreams, there are always going to be people who put you down or think you’re being ridiculous. Despite the comments causing obvious negative feelings and possibly even doubt in yourself, the simple trick is not to listen. You are doing what you are doing because you believe in yourself and you are doing what is best for you.

In conclusion, it can be hard for us as individuals to look forward, especially since our brains are managed in such a way from a young age to believe, unconsciously, that we are limited to what we can achieve. However, it has been proven time and time again that we as people can achieve anything we want to, as long as we put our minds to it. So the best way is to try and see the amazing results.

Do you have a growth mindset? Leave your thoughts below!

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Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. She is a consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Academized. Freelance writer for Assignment help. She is passionate about covering topics on career, self-development, e-learning, blogging and others. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success.

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  1. Elena

    Mar 12, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Awesome write up.

  2. Tara

    Mar 21, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Great article. I found it from a twitter link. I loved the part about achieving anything we want to as long as we put our minds to it. I have dreamed of being a writer for years. I finally started a blog. It has been very rewarding. I also tend to comment now on articles that I read that I feel have brought value to my life. Thank you for your article.

  3. Leslie Jones

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I love this website I am in the learning phase and then will be starting my own company and i am super excited.

  4. Matthew

    Jun 2, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Any entrepreneur who hopes to be ultimately successful has to make peace with the fact that they are going to be wrong a lot … great post!

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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