Careers & Corporate Responsibility Personal Development PLAN

Set up your mindset for growth!

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People nowadays seek for lifelong learning and constant growth.
How do you see these 2 categories – as opportunities to learn or not to fail?
According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck choosing growth as an opportunity and tendency to learn means you have a growth mindset opposite to choosing performance and achievement or simply noted as not failing as a fixed mindset.

People with  ‘’growth mindset’’ believe intelligence can be developed through learning, taking up challenges. Even when they fail at something they try to do it, with the involvement of new strategies and don’t give up when they fail just that easily.

People with ‘’fixed mindset’’ believe they need to do their best performance in order not to fail- if they have the opportunity to choose not to learn because they are not restrained with failing or performing something –they won’t chose to learn.
People with ‘’fixed mindset’’ give up when they fail something because they believe they aren’t up to the challenge and try something new.

If you were asking – yes, people with growth mindsets tend to give better results.
You can’t be born with a certain mindset- it’s the environment that can help you define your mindset. Lifelong learning experience can be applied in our careers, relationships… But what’s going on when people tend to get validation for their knowledge, character, and personality (Ex: Will I be the winner, or am I going to lose? What if she rejects my proposal? ).
Your outlook on things can actually change your perspectives on things, redefine success, shift your mindset.

How can you develop a growth mindset?
See and experience things from new perspectives.

1. Challenges can be opportunities and fail can lead towards learning great lessons in life. Through experience and mistakes, we can learn and grow.
2. Learn through other’s people mistakes.
3. You’re perfect as you are with all your flaws – hiding them won’t make them invisible and non-existent.
4. Success can’t be measured by a one-size model. Something that worked in the past by default won’t mean it can work in future, things change, so finding new growth strategies is a great way to expand your mindset towards growth.
5. ‘’Keep the big picture in mind’’.  Don’t give up on your motivation when things get tough- be results and added value- oriented. Don’t give up on the sense of purpose you have on your goals.
6. Assuming things won’t help you develop a growth mindset. Making an assumption based on criticism as a bad not constructive and positive, and stop to think that if your manager notes you need to improve – you are a complete failure.

7. Be realistic –don’t expect to be good at everything, sometimes you’ll face with experiences that will show you how to be better at what you do.
8. You can’t be a superhero without the help of others.
Batman needs the help of Robin sometimes – so why not share challenges with others?


About the author

Natasha Gulevska

Natasha Gulevska is an MBA graduate (master of public policy programs) and a digital marketing specialist with over 3 years of work experience.