You’ve probably heard the term fixed vs. growth mindset, the two basic mindsets that shape our lives. But do you know the meaning of both? Does it affect our lives?
Definition of Fixed & Growth Mindset
The term Fixed vs. Growth mindset was coined by Carol Dweck, a researcher at Stanford University who is also the author of leading psychology books. Carol Dweck tries to explain that humans have basic beliefs about how they see and believe in each other’s personal character.
Fixed mindset or what can be interpreted as a fixed mindset, is a description of people who believe that their qualities, intelligence, or talents are fixed traits, and therefore cannot change.
People who have a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence and talents do not need to be developed again to lead to success.
If you make a fixed mindset as a mindset choice, then it will hold you back from doing big things that lead to positive changes in yourself.
Characteristics of People with a Fixed Mindset:
- Loss of interest when tasks get difficult
- Need to be rewarded for the little effort they put in
- Get discouraged after rejection or failure
- Tends to avoid challenges
People who have a growth mindset have a basic belief that their intelligence can continue to grow with time, effort, and perseverance.
Their basic abilities are only the starting point of their potential. Then they will always stick to the idea that anyone can get smarter if there is a will to try and be up for a challenge.
Characteristics of People with a Growth Mindset:
- Believe that hard work is important because natural talent is not enough
- Always looking for challenges and willing to grow
- More motivated when things get harder
- Not letting a single mistake or setback stop their potential
- Love what they do and don’t want to stop doing it
How to Develop a Growth Mindset
Admit and embrace your weaknesses
You have to realize that you are lazy and procrastinator. Try to make a list of simple goals and give yourself time to achieve them.
See challenges as opportunities
Taking on a challenge is a big part of self-development. The more we challenge ourselves, the more opportunities we have to learn about ourselves.
Starting a new challenge may be scary because you are overshadowed by the risk of failure, but without ever falling we will not learn to get up, right? Leave your comfort zone and give yourself a chance to grow.
Know your learning style and use the right learning strategy
If you can identify the best way to study, then you can optimize your time and use it as efficiently as possible.
Learning styles relate to different learning approaches for each person. So after being identified, people can feel that their knowledge has grown and become better.
Understand that the brain has the ability to change throughout life
Our brains form new connections throughout life, which make it possible to make adjustments when you are faced with new situations or new environments.
The human brain can essentially be retrained and reorganized, indicating that within the organ there is always room for growth. If you are aware that the brain is constantly changing, then you are more likely to adopt a growth mindset.
Prioritize learning over seeking recognition
When you are more concerned about gaining recognition from others than learning new things, you are undermining your own potential for growth.
Never worry about what other people think of you, focus on improving yourself for your own betterment.
Focus on the process, not the end result
People who have a growth mindset often understand the importance of enjoying the learning process so that they can get the best out of it. One of the important things about the learning process is that there are many unexpected things that you can pick up along the way.
Learn to accept constructive criticism
Think of criticism as an attempt to learn. If there is someone who can point out your weaknesses, consider it an advantage because you can at the same time know and learn about the mistakes you made.
Activities That Can Form a Growth Mindset
Activity remembering failure
This activity will guide you to remember about failures or mistakes that have been passed. Write down the failure on paper, and try to express how you feel about the failure, for example by throwing the note at the wall. After that, allow yourself to understand the importance of the value of an error, and also write down what needs to be done to correct it.
Class discussion activities
This activity requires one small group. Do the activity by asking the following questions:
- How do you feel when you make a mistake? Why?
- How do you think other people see you when you make a mistake?
- Have you ever discovered anything new from making a mistake?
- Have you ever felt proud of the mistake?
- Have you ever had a mistake that made you think more deeply about a problem?
After each of you have answered these questions, you and your group can compliment each other on your efforts to resolve the error. Also acknowledge that through this sharing, you and your partner have made progress that encourages the emergence of new strategies in the future.
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