Ok, can I be real for a few minutes? What are your first thoughts when someone recommends something new to you? Is your first thought “I can’t do that” or maybe its “Let’s give it a try”? Or is your response along the lines of “depends on what is recommended for me to do”.
Our initial thoughts when something new is put in our path tells so much about our outlook on life and thus our mindset. See, for so many people (you are not alone), the initial thought is “I can’t do that”.
Mindset is that fancy word for your attitudes on basically everything. More specifically though, a mindset refers to whether you believe qualities such as intelligence and talent are fixed or changeable traits.
Mindset is everything! It’s your judgement of every single thing in your life and beyond.
Delving deeper… Your mindset is formed by the combination of your thoughts and the corresponding emotions and images. When you adopt a certain mindset, that mindset literally sets the course for the rest of your actions and subsequent decisions, kind of like autopilot on a car.
There are 2 types of mindsets that determine our destinies:
Fixed mindset believes “Failure is the limit of your abilities”, while Growth mindset believes, “Failure is an opportunity to grow.”
To break this down into really simple terms…
- Do you feel you are limited in what you can do
- Do you feel there are opportunities everywhere for you to succeed?
People who believe that their success can be developed by hard work, creating good strategies and believing anything is possible have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more, worry less and put more energy into learning. When you employ a growth mindset in your job search, then you take more chances and create more opportunities to be in the right place at the right time to get your next job. Something as simple as effort, especially consistent effort regardless of the perceived outcome, can go a long way in changing one’s success down the road.
Mindset is a critical part of your entire life. A good book on the subject is “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck. The author states, “For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”