Fixed or Growth?
Do you know the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset?
This is more than just being open minded or close minded.
It's less about external ideas and more about internal perceptions.
And not perceptions about just anything either. I'm talking opinions about yourself.
Consider this a modern take on the nature versus nurture discussion.
Or even more simply, Henry Ford's famous statement still says it best, whether you think you can or you cannot, you're right.
Those with a fixed mindset are convinced that because they could never do something in the past, they won't ever be able to do it in the future.
Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand recognize their history as merely a series of actions that resulted in a particular outcome. They may not have done it...yet. But they have no reason to believe they couldn't.
Think about this for a second because it seems simple, and it is, but it's simplicity often causes us to immediately write it off as trite. So stay with me.
It's super easy to justify why we can't do something. I get that. I find myself in that place all the time but I know I can't stay there long (the awareness you can develop from a mindfulness practice helps with that!).
It takes courage to pause for a second and think, "Well, what if I could? What would that look like?"
That's one of my absolute favorite questions to ask. It forces us to shift our paradigm from one of blockage to one of possibility.
It forces us to think beyond our current situation.
Sometimes the answer doesn't necessarily justify additional action. Some things just are not worth our time, and that's ok.
But often we discover something new about ourselves that we never knew existed. A part of us that is not just willing to learn and adapt but actively seeks out new ideas and creative ways of doing something.
This is a telltale trait of someone with a growth mindset.
This is one of those situations where the first answer doesn't necessarily matter. What does matter is that you've allowed yourself to get into a state of creativity, expansion and growth
It's a powerful place to be.
After all, everything was impossible...
...until it wasn't.