How to develop a growth mindset in all areas of your life – even your marketing and content!
Have you ever noticed how some people just seem to breeze through their businesses and life, while others seem to struggle endlessly? It’s possible a big part of that has to do with one word.
In the world of business, personal development is a common topic, and it is known that your thoughts create your reality. You’ve probably done some work around this.
When it comes to success in all areas of your life, your mindset matters. If you can create a reality based on your thoughts, then you can create a life that is successful in all compartments.
I have been talking a lot to business owners about their mindset when it comes to their content and I have noticed many negative thoughts getting in their way of achieving absolute greatness when it comes to their online presence and profile.
And that’s how this blog came about. I hope you enjoy it.
Changing your mind
When it comes to mindsets, there are two kinds – a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
What does changing your mind mean?
In the world of intelligence and learning, it simply means to have a new understanding or outlook, and that understanding highlights an important psychological factor. When you take on something new, your brain records this new learning endeavour came about because you have expanded yourself, worked hard and learned something new.
There is now a new connection for your brain to recall, which, over time, can actually make you more intelligent.
You have exercised your brain away from the thought that intelligence is static and that it is a growth process. The more you learn, the more you exercise your brain, the more you grow; therefore, the more you are capable of learning.
In the world of the every day, have you ever noticed how one negative thing in your early morning routine (such as losing your car keys or spilling your coffee) has the power to set the tone of the entire rest of your day?
Does your day continue to spiral downward into a negative cyclone of mishaps and misfortunes the more you focus on that one thing which started your day off poorly?
The next time that happens, take a moment to change your mind. It takes a challenge and plenty of practice, but it is so worth every minute of effort. Exercise your brain. Just like anything else, “practice makes perfect”.
Take a moment to recognise that you are not the only one that thinks like this happen to.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe have lost their car keys and spilt their coffee. They just don’t let it ruin the rest of their day. In fact, they don’t let it rule the rest of their day.
Change your mind.
Maybe you needed to run late this particular day because you were going to meet your next big client or the love of your life on the train that day. Perhaps you needed to avoid a big accident. Change your mind and change your life.
The same goes for learning new things. With a growth mindset, you can train your brain to view learning new subjects as a positive experience rather than a negative one.
How to change your mind in order to change your life
Take a look at your own points of view
Take some time to evaluate your own points of view. Don’t hold back; be completely honest with yourself. Do you have a more negative outlook on life? Do you even get annoyed in the company of others who take on a more positive attitude? Are you so set in your ways, you are unwilling to explore, learn, and re-create your life?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these pertinent questions, then there is one more question to ask. Do you wish to take responsibility for using your mindset and do the work to create the most growth you could ever have imagined or hoped for in all areas of your life? Once you have examined your views and thought patterns and beliefs in total honesty, you are ready to move on to the next step.
- Is a challenge simply an excuse to quit?
- Is a roadblock a way to host a pity party?
- Do you procrastinate in order to turn away from perfectionism?
- When someone else experiences success, do you feel less than?
- Do you view a challenge as something fearful?
Are you willing to be open to something new?
What if you could take a good hard look at those questions and re-create them to show up as positives? Are you willing to be open to exploring new possibilities? Transformation is yours if you are willing to do the work and walk the walk. With practice, any new way of being can become a habit. It’s your choice whether you want to have a habit of positive growth or negative decline.
Let’s look at how this could potentially work.
A challenge is a form of growth and not an excuse to quit
When faced with a challenge, it is easy to spend time and energy focusing on the challenge itself. The thoughts you think, such as it being too hard or why does this happen to me (also known as “woe is me” syndrome) can easily distract your energy from the task at hand. What would happen if you viewed your challenge as a way to grow and expand?
What if that new responsibility led to more money, an amazing speaking gig, a high-end client, or a book deal? This is how to view your situation from a growth mindset point of view.
Is a roadblock a chance to host a pity-party?
If you have a deep subconscious belief that “everything bad” happens to you, then the chances are high that you invite roadblocks into your life. Sometimes it’s easier to host a pity-party than to come up with creative and intelligent resources to solve the problem at hand. What would happen if you viewed a roadblock as an opportunity to use your creativity go around it or under it?
In a growth mindset, this is what you would take on – viewing a roadblock as a way to stretch, grow, and improve rather than something to feel sorry for yourself about and an excuse to quit.
Do you use procrastination as a way to avoid perfectionism?
Does the thought of not being good enough haunt you, so you procrastinate? What would happen if you were to approach a project or a challenge as an opportunity to expand your horizons or to re-create yourself as a master at the task at hand?
A growth mindset will offer you the opportunity to change your perception, face the task head-on, and take it on with all the vigour you could ever desire.
When someone else experiences success, do you feel inadequate?
If someone else experiences success, you have a choice. Either you can be happy for them and inspired by them, making you want to strive higher, or you can feel resentful or jealous. Many people choose to allow the success of others to make them feel bad about themselves. However, it does not have to be that way.
People with a growth mindset hold the belief that intelligence can be learned and developed and it is not just for the elite few. It is available to anyone with a desire to improve. The brain is trainable.
Do you view a challenge as fearful?
When faced with a challenge do you become overwhelmed and debilitated by fear or do you grasp on tight and face it head on? Your mindset will determine how you handle a challenge and ultimately what the outcome of that challenge will be, as well.
People with a growth mindset know that a challenge is a way of doing things differently, thinking smarter and working with intention.
Use constructive criticism
Criticism of any kind is thought of in a fixed mindset way, as though it is negative. However, constructive criticism offers a new model and method of teaching by showing what doesn’t work and questioning what will work. By offering constructive criticism, it gives people the opportunity to figure out how to fix something in a positive light.
This can take a bit of getting used to – but when you come at constructive criticism with a positive mindset, you will achieve a greater and better outcome for everyone involved.
Steps to developing a growth mindset
With a growth mindset, you will want to learn and will be focused on learning. A fixed mindset might take the view that there is an end to the “learning”; that the ultimate goal has been reached. A growth mindset has no problem taking on more learning in exchange for a better outcome and end result.
In a fixed mindset, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that if you have to work hard, you are not actually smart. But there is an element of hard work in everything you want to achieve. A growth mindset will highlight that hard work and effort equate being the best you can be at something. A growth mindset will re-train your brain to connect to the thought process that the work and effort will equate to success. The harder the work you do, the more effort you put into something, the more success you’ll attain.
The ability to face setbacks
In a fixed mindset, you might view a setback as an easy way to make an excuse, run the other way, or blame someone or something else. In a growth mindset, you will view a setback as a way to work harder (or smarter), to spend more time learning, or to take on more organised skills and practices.
Now that you see a few differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, you will understand that having a growth mindset is an achievable goal. If you want to opt in for a growth mindset, remember some important tips:
- Work hard and smart, put in the effort
- Remember to take on perseverance even in a struggle
- Take on tasks that are more difficult so that you can re-train your brain to succeed
- Keep your mind set on learning new things and continuing to do so in an effort to re-set your brain
- Highlight what strategies for learning worked for you
- Be honest about what strategies for learning did not work for you.
Think about the possibilities of having a growth mindset. Learning can be fun and rewarding and it’s never too late to start. In fact, today is a great day to try something new (like writing content!).
With a positive mindset, you can have a greater earning potential, a better lifestyle and all-round better outcomes in all areas of your life.
With a growth mindset, the possibilities are unlimited.
Want to open up the possibilities with your content?
With content the possibilities are unlimited…
How would you like to have 10 potential-client calls and welcome 7 new clients from those chats in 1 week?
Plus, have another 10+ calls in the following week with more people who are genuinely interested in working with you – from all over the globe.
And all from the content you put out into the world – your blog, newsletter and social media.
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