Hello SOTGC community,
What separates those who have obtained the higher rungs of the corporate ladder from those who aspire to be there one day? It’s called a growth mindset!
I recently traveled to Belgrade, Serbia, to observe a workshop called Living Leadership. It was a great workshop based on building the trust and connection of aspiring leadership teams. It landed on one of my favorite topics—our mindset. Coined as the new psychology for success, this simple idea is based on decades of research on achievement and success by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.
You’ve heard the term often, but what does it mean and how does it impact our performance and potential? Mindset, simply said, is your attitude, your outlook, and therefore your approach in life. You are not born with a mindset, but it’s developed through praise and criticism at a very young age. Praise and criticism drive the creation of either a fixed mindset—a focus on a fixed level of success and results, or a growth mindset—a focus on learning, efforts to improve, and acceptance of failure in order to fulfill our potential.
If you were praised for being smart when you were younger, it’s possible you have adopted a fixed mindset, building your future on obtaining success in ways of proving over and over again that you’re smart and talented. You may not see the opportunity to further build your intellect and potential through attitudes of learning and stretching your abilities beyond your current expectations. Those who climb the higher rungs of the corporate ladder understand they must move beyond a fixed mindset and accelerate their potential—their possibilities. How do you know if you have a fixed or a growth mindset?
A fixed mindset carries these attitudes:
- I want to make sure I succeed.
- Proving I’m smart or talented enough = success.
- I thrive in safety.
- My interest is kept by achieving good results.
- I feel good when it’s perfect or I win.
A growth mindset carries these attitudes:
- I want to stretch and learn.
- I believe my abilities can improve with effort.
- I thrive when stretched/challenged.
- I feel good when I try hard.
- Failure – not growing to fulfill my potential.
Companies teaching and developing growth mindsets create motivation, productivity, and innovation. These growth-base environments also create leaders. You don’t have to wait for your company to set these environments. You can choose your own reality. Ask yourself this question: “What mindset am I holding fast to?” Tweet me and share that idea: https://twitter.com/findyouraim.
Here’s to your success!