Fixed to Growth: Mindset Shift for Better Life

by Iana Galai ● November 14, 2023

Scientists suggest that our self-limiting beliefs might be the product of our mindset. In 1996, researcher Carol Dweck studied how beliefs affected performance in children. She discovered that kids who believed they were smart did worse and showed less determination in solving puzzles than kids who thought they worked hard. Dweck’s subsequent experiments proved that people who told themselves “To achieve things, I need to be smart” generally gave up on hard tasks more easily than people who thought “If I work hard, I can achieve things.”

These two mindsets came to be known as fixed and growth. When we talk about mindset being fixed, we mean rigid ideas about learning and abilities. People with this type of mindset believe in natural talents or the lack of them. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset seem to focus on effort as the predictor of success. Life coaches and popular psychologists have long embraced this concept. They propose reframing self-talk as one useful strategy to focus on growth and developing skills.

Shifting mindsets isn’t easy and takes a lot of work, but the result is worth it. It will help you strive forward and achieve the things you didn’t even think were possible, while also enjoying the process.

References:

  1. Dweck, C. (2017). Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential. London: Robinson.
  2. Mueller, C.M., & Dweck, C.S. (1998). Praise for intelligence can undermine children’s motivation and performance. Journal of personality and social psychology, 75 1, 33-52 .

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