Your mind holds the power to help you succeed in any area of life, but without a mindset focused on growth, that power can stay locked away.
Developing a growth mindset has become a popular topic in recent years, as people have realized its huge impact on success potential.
But, getting started can be confusing. There’s been a flood of information from scientists, spiritual leaders, business icons, and celebrities who all have their own take on the subject.
It can be hard to know where to start, and who to listen to.
Our goal is to make it easier for you to start developing a growth mindset so you can begin to reap the amazing benefits of wealth, health, and happiness.
What Is A Growth Mindset?
To begin with, what does it mean to have a growth mindset?
On one level, it’s about wanting to create a better life and focusing on personal development so you can achieve it. That includes examining and changing your beliefs and habitual thoughts.
Going a bit deeper, there’s one key belief that you must have, or adopt, to make any further growth possible. It’s the belief that you are capable of growing!
If you believe something is possible, you tend to find (or even create) proof that it is. And the opposite is also true.
Since your mind has such a big impact on the outcome of your life experience, you’re creating self-fulfilling prophecies every day.
Your results come down to which prophecies you believe in and strengthen.
If you believe you can change, learn, and grow, you’ll likely find out you’re right and this opens up limitless possibilities for you.
And if you believe you’re stuck with whatever talents or traits you were born with, then you believe in a limited reality instead.
So, if you want to be able to change and grow, the first belief you need to cultivate is that you can!
The Science of Growth Mindset
This idea may sound simple on the surface. But it’s been complex enough to keep scientists studying all its details and applications for decades. And they’re still making new discoveries.
Renowned Stanford University researcher Carol Dweck coined the terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset” after studying thousands of subjects’ responses to challenge and failure.
A growth mindset assumes that achievements and failures come largely from effort and development, or lack thereof.
A fixed mindset assumes that traits are inborn and basically unchangeable, limiting what we can learn, do, and achieve.
Studies show that developing a growth mindset leads to greater resilience and higher levels of achievement.
How To Know If You Need Mindset Work
It’s not our fault — it’s just human nature.
The good news is you can do something about it. Through training, practice, and coaching, you can upgrade your mindset.
Let’s look at some telltale signs that you might benefit from mindset work.
- Do you ever feel stressed out or overwhelmed?
- Do you feel your life is out of balance or missing something?
- Do you often feel exhausted, stuck, overwhelmed, or on an emotional rollercoaster?
- Do you put off doing things that would move your life forward?
- Do you have trouble following through on your ideas and dreams?
- Do you make choices based on fear of missing out or fear of hurting someone’s feelings?
- Are you uncomfortable saying no? Are you afraid of being told no?
- Do you have trouble making decisions?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, mindset work could make a difference.
Why Avoiding Mindset Work Is A Mistake
Personal development has grown into a huge industry. But many people still don’t like to admit that they might not be perfect or have it all together.
Sadly, many people shy away from mindset work, despite the proven benefits, because of a social stigma about perceived mental or emotional weakness.
But what’s the cost of not doing mindset work?
Famed success teacher Jim Rohn said, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.”
Harv took this concept one step further when he realized that thoughts come before actions. He added to the beginning, “If you keep thinking what you’ve always thought, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.”
What’s the result of continuing to think, feel, and believe in your same habitual ways?
You’ll continue to make the same decisions, take the same kinds of actions, and get the same results.
You may even make your mental patterns stronger, through repetition. Those patterns can hard-wire themselves into your brain.
This means that habitual thoughts reinforce themselves.
They build more physical connections in the brain every time we think them. It becomes easier to keep thinking in the same ways.
Negative beliefs and reactions can get stronger over time unless you practice and instill different patterns. This is the essence of mindset work.
The Benefits Of Developing A Growth Mindset
So what can you expect if you work on developing your mindset?
To start, you might feel better— less anxious or tense, more peaceful and content. Little irritants don’t bother you as much as they used to, or at least not as long.
Your thoughts might become more clear, or you might become more focused on where you want to take your life and prioritize the things that matter to you.
You might begin taking better care of your health, leading to more energy and vitality.
And this, in turn, could make you more attractive to your current partner, or potential ones if you’re single.
Whatever you want and care about, your mindset is the place to start working towards it.
Imagine you wanted to send a rocket to the moon.
You’d want all thrusters pointing their energy in the right direction, wouldn’t you?
That’s what cultivating a growth mindset does for your energy. It propels you toward your goals.
How A Growth Mindset Leads To Success
So, how exactly does your mindset have such a massive effect on your life?
First, as Harv has often taught at his seminars, your mind acts as a filter for your experiences.
It’s like wearing tinted glasses where the color of the lens determines how everything looks.
But the lens of your mind adds something much more powerful than color. It adds meaning.
The effect is strongest in times of challenge and uncertainty, she said. And the influence of your mind doesn’t stop with how it affects your own choices and behavior.
She went on to state that your behavior affects how the world around you responds to you, shaping the course of your life.
With the right mindset, you could start to make better decisions that help you achieve what you want.
You might do a better job at work and make more connections, leading to a promotion or a raise. Or start to make bigger strides with your side hustle. You could land new clients and better-paying gigs.
This changes the effects you have on the people and environments around you. Those effects then ripple back to you, enhancing your own life.
Top Resources and Tools For Mindset Training
Mindset development means learning about your habitual thoughts and ingrained beliefs. And then, changing the ones that aren’t helping you.
You could learn tools to rewire your thought patterns, such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Emotional Freedom Technique.
You could try mantra meditation to focus your mind. Journaling might help you notice any negative thoughts or beliefs you carry. And empowering affirmations could help train new thought patterns.
And don’t forget to include your body, which is hard-wired to your brain.
Even things as simple as changing your posture, smiling, or getting your blood pumping can improve your mental and emotional state.
All these tools can help you cultivate a mindset of success and growth.
But you have to have the discipline and skills to use them effectively so it can be hard to change on your own.
You aren’t alone in this! We all have biases and blind spots, especially about the ways we think and what we believe.
We don’t know what we don’t know, and we can’t always recognize the assumptions we’ve made about ourselves and the world.
So it can be a game-changer to work with a coach or mentor who understands how the mind works and how to change its habits.
A good coach could support you with goal setting, discipline, and focus.
They could also help with confidence, self-worth, creating better habits, stepping out of your comfort zone, and much more.
Working with a coach doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you.
The top performers in any field, from sports to business, all have coaches or mentors.
This helps them keep improving at the things that matter to them the most.
How To Choose a Mindset Coach
Be careful when choosing a coach. Many people get into coaching with good intentions, but without much success under their belt.
A good coach will have achieved the kinds of things you want to achieve and done the work on themselves to get there.
And they’ll have a track record of helping others get the kind of results you’re looking for.
Harv, for example, had to learn the hard way. He studied the thinking and habits of rich and successful people.
Then he had to put those things to use, to go from broke to rich to teaching hundreds of thousands of others how to use the principles he’d learned.
Private coaching can be expensive, but we live in the age of the internet. We can access and share information at almost no cost.
In fact, Harv teaches a web class that gives you some incredible insights into changing your mindset to create the life you want.
It’s a great way to get started learning from someone who walks the talk, and it’s completely FREE.
When setting out to improve your mindset, be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey. We’re here for you and rooting for your success. We’d love to hear what tools you’ve tried, what insights you’ve gained, and what questions you have. Let us know in the comments!
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