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Overcoming the Fixed Mindset Mentality



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When it comes to self-help, there are usually two general notions that are promoted: Individuals have a growth mindset, or alternatively, they possess a fixed mindset. Those with a growth mindset are always trying to improve themselves by learning new things or fostering their own growth. On the other hand, those with a fixed mindset believe that nothing can change and continue on as they are, regardless of how they perceive their lives and how unhappy they may be.

Can you relate to this? While you may be tempted to focus solely on your growth and may therefore work, grind, and focus on achieving your goals, you must find a healthy balance between work and relaxation to excel in self-development and increase your productivity. Let’s take a look at what a growth mindset is, and how you can use it to better yourself!

Introducing: The Growth Mindset

So, what is a growth mindset? How does it differ from the fixed mindset? Growth requires that you use more than one strategy but that you also include relaxation and rest in your self-development journey. To successfully overcome challenges, like those you face whenever you are trying to grasp the attention of your customers, or when you want to stand out more from the competition, you not only need to focus on the growth of your company but your personal growth too. 

For example, as a business owner, you may need to increase your productivity efforts to beat out competitors in a particular industry; so, think about how you can apply this to your own industry. This is because a growth mindset is one where you always see the potential for improvement, and where challenges become learning opportunities instead of overwhelming barriers in your way. Can you think of such challenges, and how you learned from them?

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Maximizing Your Potential

A growth mindset also means that individuals try to maximize their potential in all senses of the term. So, if you possess this kind of attitude, you are always looking for the biggest and best way to achieve something instead of looking at barriers in your way as something that you can’t get over. When it comes to beating out challenges or overcoming obstacles, those in a growth mindset are interested in finding the bigger picture and what’s going to get them there– not focusing on the opposite. 

In contrast, if you have a fixed mindset, you tend to look at obstacles as a roadblock or something that is going to prevent them from achieving their goals. So, having this growth mindset is truly about learning to maximize your potential and focusing on the ways to do so rather than constricting yourself to the things you feel comfortable with. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone!

Accept Success and Failure

This mindset expects to encounter both successes and failures throughout your path. Individuals who live life with a fixed mindset are not willing to take a chance or even to look at an opportunity for growth simply out of fear of failure. On the other hand, those who embrace growth are willing to look at challenges as opportunities and are eager to try new things, even if they lead to failure. Why? Even in terrible experiences, you can always learn something new! Because the growth mindset encourages you to be adaptive, it can greatly improve productivity as you learn to adapt to difficult or challenging circumstances rather than being stuck and stopped right in your way at the mere sight of a challenge.

“Look for the good in every situation, seek the valuable lesson in every setback, look for the solution to every problem. Think and talk continually about your goals.” – Brian Tracy

Increased Motivation and Discipline

A fixed mindset can cause a person to be paralyzed by the fear of failure. In addition, because they do not believe that they have much control over any outcome, many people with this mindset also lack motivation to succeed and to even get themselves started. They also often get discouraged when they don’t see immediate results from their efforts, which can lead them to procrastinate or to simply give up. In addition, many people with this mindset are not motivated to take reasonable risks in dangerous situations, because their perception is that failure has many consequences that are either unavoidable or that could potentially hold them back from any possible success. 

Their thinking tends to be that if they do anything too risky, they will permanently lose what they have worked for and end up as a failed person. Instead, a growth mindset will help you become more disciplined and motivated to work towards the things you want to achieve because you see failure as a way to learn, and you learn to appreciate this opportunity to grow.  In fact, a growth mindset allows people to take calculated risks and to evaluate and revise their initial assumptions as the situation requires. It allows people to accept uncertainty as a natural part of life and to use uncertainty as a tool for growth. 

Your mindset is very important if you want to be a well-performing, highly productive, and focused individual. A growth mindset permits you to take risks by allowing you to consider uncertainty as a natural fact of life, rather than as a problem to be fixed; and to make calculated decisions based on this. It also allows you to be a more enthusiastic person, someone who is interested and dedicated to their success. So get out of the fixed mindset, and instead, focus on expanding yourself by adopting a mindset of growth.

Julie Zhu is an experienced marketing consultant based in NYC. She helps entrepreneurs and small business owners raise their visibility and stand out in their industry. Ready to accelerate your business's growth and reclaiming your time? Check out her free guide "How to Get 10 New Leads in just 30 Minutes" here.

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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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