Developing a growth mindset during a pandemic

The pandemic has introduced new challenges which affect our personal and professional lives in a significant way. Research shows that the ones who are able to bounce back from such new obstacles quickly are those with a particular mindset – a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is based on the belief that anyone can grow and succeed through their efforts. It is a mindset that assumes skills can be learned, and challenges are opportunities to acquire knowledge and find solutions.

On the other side of the spectrum is a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset believes that talents and abilities are fixed, limited, and cannot be cultivated. This type of thinking often blocks people from achieving success.  

In this ever-changing world, it’s critical that we adopt a growth mindset for our personal and professional wellbeing. It’s impossible to live a powerful, purposeful life without this key ingredient.

A growth mindset will ensure that you break through the feelings of being stuck when life gets tough. A growth mindset is a stepping stone to achieving your goals and creating the life you desire, in spite of the challenges you face.

Adopting this mindset teaches you how to accept challenges, persist, and quickly bounce back after a setback – life skills that we all need in these uncertain times.  

Here are a few tips to help you unlock the growth mindset.

1. Embrace and learn from your mistakes

A person with a growth mindset treats mistakes as lessons to learn from. They don’t allow themselves to dwell on the past, but instead, they look for opportunities to learn and move forward.

You cannot find solutions by focusing on what went wrong or how you could’ve prevented it. Instead, use your time and energy analyzing alternative options and ways to improve.

In addition, try to leverage your strengths when exploring workable solutions. You’ll find it’s much easier to navigate life when you fully comprehend your key strengths and appreciate your weaknesses.

2. Think positive

I’ll preach about this till the end of time!

People with a fixed mindset tend to concentrate on negative thoughts. They’re often pessimistic and never see opportunities to learn, grow or succeed.

By cultivating a growth mindset, you’re able to shift your perspective. Instead of fixing your mind on the worst-case scenario, you look for what’s possible and positive.

Research shows that people who think positively enjoy health benefits such as reduced stress, which ultimately reduces harmful health effects on your body. Their optimism also increases inner confidence and the ability to cope better in stressful situations.

(Read this article to learn how to cultivate a positive mindset)

3. Get different perspectives

As we navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic, it’s crucial that we adopt an open mind. We’ve never experienced a time like this before, so be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism from others in your personal and professional journey.

Invite different perspectives in the form of coaching, mentorship, or from your peers.

Ask questions, be curious and be willing to try new things. This way, you can improve your ability to do better or avoid mistakes others have made.  

4. Write down your goals

Research shows that people who write down their goals are 39.5 percent more likely to achieve them than those who don’t write down their goals.

Furthermore, people who write down their goals and send progress reports to their accountability partner are 79.7 percent more likely to achieve their goals.

By having an accountability partner, whether your spouse, sibling, friend, or life coach, you’re already increasing your chances of success.

This is something people with a growth mindset have mastered. They plan for success by writing down their goals and action steps and they have people to account to. It fuels their can-do spirit and propels them to succeed.

Anyone can cultivate a growth mindset, no matter what you’ve been through in the past. Apply these steps, take responsibility for your decisions and actions, and create the life you’ve always desired.

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